Happy Birthday Harry Potter: DIY Magic Wands

You won’t need to visit Diagon Alley to have your own Harry Potter wand! These DIY wands are simple to make and will add a touch of magic to your day!

While Ry has always loved Harry Potter, I am a newly devoted Harry Potter fan. Until last year I had never watched a single movie, and only read the books in March. Once I started I was hooked, and last year we were all Harry Potter characters for our family Halloween costume.

Since today is Harry’s birthday, I thought it was only right we do a little Harry Potter themed project. Aaliyah is OBSESSED with magic, pretending to do tiny spells with her play dough or flower petals. I knew this was something simple to put together, but one she would enjoy! Plus it made the cutest prop for a spontaneous backyard photoshoot with pictures that made her dad’s heart melt!


  • wooden dowel
  • hot glue gun
  • brown acrylic paint
  • glitter glue

Creating Your Wands

Since unicorn hair and phoenix feathers are a bit hard to come by, wooden dowels and hot glue will make our wands magical. Using the hot glue creates a texture that replicates the wooden wands that Harry Potter uses for his spells. To create ours, I twisted the dowel in one hand while keeping a steady flow of hot glue. This created the spiral effect on the top half of the wand. On the bottom half I put the glue on in messy vertical lines, this creates the bark like texture.

Once the glue was dry, I let Aaliyah paint her wand in shades of brown and silver (yes I definitely made my own as well!) This is definitely a little tricky to do, so I helped her roll her wand around on the table so that she could paint each side. The acrylic paint dries quickly, so we were able to apply a coat of glitter glue right away! This is definitely optional and not as authentic, but we can’t resist adding glitter glue to whatever project we can!

Getting Extra For a Photoshoot

Once the wands were complete, I couldn’t resist having a full blown mini photo shoot. Our Harry Potter family costumes are in Aaliyah’s dress-up clothes, so I brought out the glasses and scarf. To create these I bought sunglasses with a similar frame to Harry’s at the dollar store and popped out the lenses. The scarf is a piece of scrap knit fabric I had that I painted with gold stripes to look like Gryffindor scarves. A little eyeliner scar and her outfit was complete!

The Platfrom 9 3/4 sign was made with construction paper and sharpie, and I tapped it to the wall.All together this took me about 15 minutes to set up. The cutest photo shoots are often the simplest!

I really didn’t even have to ask her to pose. As soon as I handed her her wand she was smiling and casting spells like Hermione! The pictures turned out even better than I could’ve hoped.

Harry Potter for Toddlers

We are definitely looking forward to the days when she asks us to read the Harry Potter series as a goodnight story, but for now the story is a bit complex. However Ry’s birthday when I was pregnant with Aaliyah fell the same week as the release of the first illustrated Sorcerer’s Stone. This beautiful book was her first birthday present to him *totally tearing up thinking about how old she is now.* The story is still too long, but the images inside are breathtaking! I pulled the book out and we flipped through the pages, Aaliyah pointing out all the owls and stars and “castles” with her wand.

Once I let her free play the wand really got fun for her. She was making her dog “fall asleep”, he was already laying down but it’s the effort that counts! A glass of water was also a magic drink that she tapped her wand on and we both got to drink. I love watching her imagination grow, just using this simple object we created with a wooden dowel and hot glue!

Are you a Harry Potter fan? What is your favorite book from the series?

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  1. Martikka says:

    This is amazing! I love Harry Potter and the fact you did a post on his birthday is unreal! My favourite book was the Prisoner of Azkaban 🙂

  2. I have not read the books but my daughter is OBSESSED. So I know a thing or two. She will be excited to make her own wand.

  3. The Everyday Moms says:

    That’s such a good idea! I love the pictures and the makeup is amazing!

  4. Tiara says:

    This is just the cutest thing lol. I love it!

  5. Natalie says:

    What a perfectly simple craft !! We love harry potter !

  6. Oh soo cute! I love this project. I can see myself doing this with my son when he’s a bit bigger. By the way, your daughter is very cute as Harry Potter. Love how she’s using her imagination to do “magic spells”.

  7. This is so cute! What a great project. Your daughter is too cute too!

  8. Adorable! Yes, I was a Harry Potter Fan *cough* I had to wait for each book to come out. Totally outdated myself there! But seriously I was totally jealous of my daughter when she went to Harry Potter camp last year and had one of their feast.

  9. Oh my GOSH! You guys are the cutest family! I loved seeing how you made the wands! I have never read a Harry Potter book…but one day!

  10. Barbara Alfeo says:

    we did those and they were so fun!

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