How To Make A Wand For Anything

One thing I've learned is that having a few good sticks around can come in really handy. Another thing I've learned is that sticks are even handier if you tool them up a little. So here's a guide to spiffying up sticks for a myriad of uses!

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What will this wand look like?

If you follow the directions, you should get something like this:

You get a very nice natural aesthetic, plus it's very durable and functional. And because the creation process doesn't take a lot of time, it's easy to make replacements and backups. And it's 100% biodegradable!

Why make one?

There are a lot of reasons you might want to have a wand (or three) around, including:

What you'll need

First thing you'll need to do is make sure you've got the right tools for the job:

Deciding on your wand's specs

Depending on what you plan to use your wand for, you'll be looking for different qualities in the wood. A few things to consider:

Length: If you're planning to pull down cobwebs, then it should probably be pretty long - as long, or even a little longer than your arm wouldn't be bad. On the other hand, twelve to fifteen inches usually works nicely for a costume wand.

Straightness: Straighter wood is usually preferable if you plan to use your wand for utility purposes, but irregularly-shaped branches can give character to a costume piece.

Strength: Anything you plan to use for lifting or prodding should be strong enough not to snap. On the other hand, costume wands and personal scratchers don't need to be quite so tough.

Type of bark: Bark comes in all colors and consistencies. If your wand is intended for costume use, you might want to find something that has a complementing color. You might also wish to avoid particularly rough barks, as they can be uncomfortable to hold and are prone to chipping and flaking off.

Deciding between green wood and dry wood

You can start your project by cutting either green (live) wood, or dry (dead) wood. Either one can work just as well, but each has pros and cons to consider.

Green wood pros:

Green wood cons:

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