I realised we’ve never done bookish DIY’s and I love doing them, so I thought it’d be cool to show you how to make this Harry Potter Wand out of a pencil. Let’s go!
Time: Roughly 20 minutes
What Do You Need?
- A Pencil
- A Bead To Fit On Top Of The Pencil
- Black/Brown Acrylic Paint
- A Paint Brush
- A Hot Glue Gun
- Something To Put Your Paint On
- A Cutting Mat/Placemat
Step 1: Put down your cutting mat to prevent hot glue or paint getting on your working surface and damaging it. If you don’t mind that, you can skip this step. Let your hot glue gun heat up. Some pencils have this weird plastic sleeve with a design on it – remove that. Remove the eraser with a plier and it’s supposed to come right off. As soon as the glue gun starts dripping or when you feel it’s ready, you glue the bead down onto the top of the pencil and start building up the glue around the bead and down to the pencil, to make it all blend in. You can pull your design down to the writing end so your wand is entirely textured or you can stop halfway like I did.
Step 2: Let the hot glue dry, which will take 10 to 15 minutes. Put it in an empty cup or if you can hang it upside down, that’s even more ideal. This is so the glue doesn’t stick to your working surface and therefore also ruining your wand. You can also just hold it until it’s dry, which is handier if your design over the entire pencil and not just the top. You can test if it’s dry by just touching it. Try this after the first five minutes.
Step 3: Paint the wand. I chose to paint mine black, but brown, silver and gold are really nice too. Of course, you can choose any colour you want. If you want to paint it in different colours or even make it holographic, do your thang! It’s your wand! Make sure you paint all the little creases, too. It doesn’t matter if you get some acrylic paint on your bead because you can scrape it with your nail or with the end of your paint brush.
Step 4: Let the paint dry. If possible, hold the wand in your hand by the bead, like shown below so you don’t get the paint on your mug and so it doesn’t ruin your wand. Acrylic paint dries really quickly; I’d say about 3 minutes.
Step 5: Add a matte or glossy paint top coat to seal everything in, make it stay better longer and to make it even prettier 🙂 You could also just use a top coat used for nail polish. You can use clear polish, but that really doesn’t seal it in. I used a matte paint finish, but it didn’t really work.
Step 6: You’re done! Show off your wand to everybody you know.
That’s it! So easy, right? I enjoyed making this and I’ve been writing with the pencil so much, because it is just so nice to write with. If you try this DIY out, please tag us (@thebooksandcoffeeblog on IG and @bookscoffeeblog on Twitter) and we’ll check it out as soon as possible.
Lots of love!