Thanks to Harry Potter wands have become a popular symbol of witchcraft. Of course witches and practicioners of magic(k) were using wands long before Harry Potter came along and the concept of a wand has both thrived and suffered from their characterization in the books.
Wands, both in reality and as depicted in Harry Potter, are used for casting spells and directing magic. Your first reaction upon holding a wand may be to wave it around and shout “Expecto Patronum!” which of course there’s nothing wrong with. 🙂 But wands should also be taken rather seriously because they are powerful tools which help you direct and focus you energy.
We had a meeting on Wednesday led by our Keeper of the Book where she showed us how to make wands. We wanted to share the steps we used to make them with all of you! We hope you enjoy it.
1. Find a stick
This may seem like a pretty basic first step but it’s actually the most important. Interestingly enough Harry Potter was accurate in their “wands go to particular owners” portrayal. Wands will be used as a conduit for your energy so you should find a stick that really speaks to you. One of our members said she picked up a stick and thought ‘nah, it’s probably not this one’ but kept thinking about using it. She found a few other sticks but ended up making the first one her wand! As New-Agey as it sounds to say ‘it was just the right stick’, that’s the feeling you’ll get when you find your wand!
2. Sand it
Take some sandpaper and smooth out your stick. You can leave it rough to if you’d like to also.
3. Gather your materials
Your wand can be as dressed up or as pared down as you would like. If you want to decorate your wand collect some things you think would look nice on it. Some examples of things you can put on your wand are:
Now comes the fun part! Decorate your wand any way you want with your materials and let it express your personality. You could also make wands for special occasions such as a blessing wand, a ritual wand, an Imbolc wand, and so on. Once you make one you may not be able to stop yourself from making more! 😉 Some examples of things you can do are:
- Put a crystal on the end of the wand using hot glue
- Wind ribbon in a loose swirl around the wand
- Put yarn tightly at the bottom to make a handle
- Attach feathers along the wand
The beautiful thing about making your own wand is that it’s pretty cheap and it’s personal to you. So go crazy, make your own wand, and let us know how it went!