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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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About Mermama

Hi! I'm Lexi. I'm the mermama to my merbaby. I live and create on Callifornia's central coast. I love to travel, binge watch, and take pictures. I'm passionate about art education and encouraging creativity in children.
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10 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Harry Potter: DIY Magic Wands

  1. 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. 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”.

  3. 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.

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