The Making of a Wand | Harry Potter Cosplay

September 28, 2014

Hello, friends!  As you may remember, the past two weeks I have been working on sewing my own Gryffindor robe for the Long Beach Comic Con.  The convention was a blast!  But since I still have to edit photos from the event, I decided to share the process of how I made my own wand.


I started by playing around with different styles of wand design – curvy, straight, bumpy, etc. – until I landed on a shape that felt just right.  I drew it up by hand, but thought it would be fun to digitize, because, well, I’m a nerd.  Duh.


(Also, I am still getting used to “drawing” on my tablet, but if anyone knows of a good android app for drawing, please share!)


Throughout the week, I had also collected a random assortment of sticks that I thought might be suitable for creating a magic wand.  After deciding on my design, it was time to get started.  I gathered my tools, which for me basically consisted of an X-Acto knife and some sandpaper, since, I’ll be honest, this was my first foray into woodcarving.


I started by taking off the outer bark and shaving the twig down until I got the basic shape I wanted.  Then, I carefully started carving out my design.  This process was pretty slow, especially since I was trying really hard not to cut myself haha!  I am happy with the design, but I think it would have gone much better had I actually had any sort of woodcarving tool.


My next step was to paint or stain the wood a darker brown color.  Normally, I probably would have just gone with some wood stain, but since I didn’t have any on hand, I simply watered down some brown paint and applied a couple coats.  I’m actually pretty happy with the color, and it was really easy to apply the paint with a foam brush and wipe off the excess with a paper towel.


To finish my wand off, I sprayed a quick coat of clear acrylic spray paint to seal everything in and add a bit of gloss or shine.  Overall, I’m happy with my “muggle” wand, but I still look forward to the day I can step inside Ollivander’s and let the wand do the choosing!  ;)


I plan on posting my finished costume and photos from the convention soon, so stay posted!  In the meantime, and as always, thanks for reading!

Love & magic, Kristi :)


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  • drowninmelancholy

    OMG!! This is soooo awesome! I love your wand doodles and the comments :’D Genius! I envy you that you are so skilled. I would probably cut my finger while trying :’D
    Oh, I have a Samsung tablet and I love the Sketchbook app for Samsung :)

    September 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, thank you!! I really had no clue what I was doing, just having fun haha! ;)
      Ooh my tablet is a Samsung, too! I’ll have to check out Sketchbook, thanks for the tip!! :)

      September 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    WOW! Now that’s dedication!!! Great job!

    September 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Hahahaha thanks, Justine! I am nothing if not thorough! ;)

      September 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog

    SUPER COOL that you made your own wand…how magical :)

    September 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm Reply
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