Things You Will Need
- 3 wooden drumsticks
- Small round crystal or marble
- 2 black hair bands
- Red acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- Navy blue acrylic paint
- Dark brown acrylic paint
- Gold acrylic paint
- Black acrylic paint
- Clear glitter nail polish
- Duct tape
- Painter’s tape
- Portable router
- Hand plane
- Hot glue
Walt Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place hit the scene in 2007. The wizards are three kids learning how to make magic by using spells and their magic wands.
If your kids enjoy pretending to make magic, you can make one of the three wands from the show: Alex Russo’s flashy wand, Max Russo’s bright white wand or Justin Russo’s ordinary brown wand.
Alex Russo’s Wand
- Secure the wand in a vise. Make a small, round notch in the blunt end of the drumstick using a portable router. Smooth out the wood using sandpaper so it is prepared for painting.
- Paint the drumstick with red acrylic paint from the blunt end to one inch from the end without the notch; wrap painter’s tape at the inch line to help you know where to stop. Let the red paint dry for at least three hours then paint over the red paint with the clear glitter nail polish. Allow the nail polish do dry for at least 30 minutes before picking up the drumstick. This gives the drumstick the glitz and glamor of Alex Russo’s magic wand.
- Hot glue a small, round marble to the blunt end of the drumstick. Let the glue dry for 30 minutes to ensure the marble will stay in place. Touch the marble gently at this time, if it moves at all let it dry for another 30 minutes.
- Wrap the black hair bands twice around the drumstick just below the marble. Leave half an inch in between each hair band.
- Wrap painter’s tape above the unpainted spot at the end of the drumstick. Paint the drumstick below the tape with the black acrylic paint. Check the paint after an hour; let it dry longer if it is tacky to the touch. Take off the painter’s tape once it is completely dry.
Max Russo’s Wand
- Sharpen the blunt end of the drumstick with a hand plane until it is slightly pointed. Smooth the wood with sandpaper to prepare it for painting.
- Place the wand in a vise. Hollow out a small, round notch at the other end of the drumstick using a portable router. Then add two notches all the way around; they should be 1/2 inch from the round end and one-half inch apart.
- Measure a line 3 inches from the round end of the drumstick. Wrap painter's tape below the line, close to the round end. Paint the stick with white acrylic paint starting at the painter’s tape to the sharpened end. Let the paint dry for about three hours until it is completely dry.
- Place a section of painter’s tape at the end of the white paint above the unpainted portion of the drumstick. Place another piece of painter’s tape a half inch from the rounded end of the stick. Paint in between the tape lines with the gold acrylic paint. Check the paint after an hour for dryness.
- Wrap a piece of painter’s tape just above the unpainted end of the drumstick. Paint this section, including the round end, with the royal blue paint. Allow the paint to dry for an hour, or until it is completely dry and remove the painter’s tape.
Justin Russo’s Wand
- Sharpen the blunt end of the drumstick with a hand plane until it is slightly pointed. Smooth out the wood with sandpaper so it's ready for painting.
- Shape the pointed end to be as round as possible. Make an indention all the way around about an inch from the newly rounded end with the router.
- Tear a small strip of the duct tape about 2 inches wide, and wrap it around the drumstick just above the newly carved notch.
- Paint the entire drumstick with the dark brown paint. Allow the paint to dry for three to four hours until it is dry.
Create these easy wands for Halloween costumes or just for dress up time. An adult should handle the carving of the drumstick wands to ensure safety. Drying times can vary depending on the humidity in your home. Test the dryness by lightly touching the paint, if it feels tacky at all, let it dry another hour and check it again. You can expect to spend at roughly 12 hours to complete these wands.
Be extra careful when using a router. Wear eye protection and safety gloves.