How to Make Ollivander’s Wand

Ollivander’s shop the Wizarding world of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Florida. Beautiful wooden shop sign with a wand and Hogsmeade in the background (should be Diagon Alley). | Julien Jean Zayatz

Let’s be honest, how many times have we seen Harry Potter and wished we had wand? The answer, at least for me, is too many. Sadly, I don’t live close to Orlando and can’t just get a wand if I want. So I decided to make my own. Here’s how to make a wand Ollivander himself would be jealous of.


  • A long paintbrush (I used an oil painting brush)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Any beads, wires or other accessories
  • Spray paint
  • Medical tape

Wrap the paintbrush with medical tape. It’s okay if this isn’t smooth since it’ll give the wand texture.

If you’ve achieved your desired wand thickness they skip to the next step. But if you want your wand to be thicker, on one end or throughout the length, wrap the medical tape around those parts until you get the thickness you want.

Ollivander and Harry Potter

Now that you have your wand the shape you want, it’s time to stick on the accessories. I wrapped a spiral hair tie around the wand base but there are so many options. You could stick beads, stones, wires, whatever you feel like. No two wands are the same after all.

After you’re done accessorizing, finish the shape and details of the wand using the hot glue gun. I made three bobbles and added a sort of crown shape at the top. Remember, the WAND chooses YOU so just go with whatever design comes to you and not think too much about it.

When you’re done, spray paint the entire thing. You could either spray it one color or have light accents of another color.

And that’s it! Sure it doesn’t have a unicorn core or dragon heartstrings but it was made from dedication and hard work (somewhat :p) and that’s all that matters right?

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