When I was 22 I read the first Harry Potter book for the first time. I fell hard. A year later my friends and I threw a Harry Potter Trivia party complete with a sorting ceremony and special made house hats. Since then, I’ve read the series countless times and last year I started reading it aloud to my two children. My hope was that they would grow to love it as much as I do, thereby necessitating a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. So when my son asked to have a Harry Potter birthday party this past year, it was a bit hard to contain my excitement.

I spent hours researching decoration, snack, and game ideas. My dreams were big. Walls turned into Platform 9¾, rooms turned into Honeydukes Sweet Shop, and my backyard turned into a Quidditch Pitch. On several occasions throughout the planning process my husband had to remind me the party was for my son, not for me. Same difference.

Unfortunately, my dreams were bigger than my abilities. There is a list of things I can do well, but crafting and decorating are not on that list. Neither is braiding hair, much to my daughter’s disappointment.

Fortunately, I found two easy crafts that added a little pizzazz to our Potter Party. The first was the invitation. This hardly qualifies as a craft since it really just involved me typing up an invite and then burning the edges. But those of us who are craft-challenged count all of our victories however small they might be. Of course, the invitation wasn’t complete until we added a delivery owl.

The second craft was a wand. I can honestly say this was the only craft I ever enjoyed making. Maybe it was because I felt like Ollivander or maybe it was because it was super easy. Either way, I’m considering starting a wand-making side business.

To make these wands you’ll need dowels, sandpaper, a hot glue gun, acrylic paint, and brushes.

First, sand down one end of the dowel to make a rounded tip.


Then, add glue to the other end in whatever design you desire.

After the glue dries, paint the wand whatever shade of brown you like. You can also paint it pink if you aren’t concerned about authenticity. My daughter clearly wasn’t concerned.

The invitations and wands were a big hit at the party. Spells were cast all night long, and when it was time for bed, each little wizard snuggled up with their very own delivery owl. Now I just need to convince my daughter to have a Harry Potter party too so I have another excuse to make those wands.

4 thoughts on “For the Love of Harry Potter

  1. The wands look so authentic! What a great idea! Does the paint stick to the glue design? Did you have to use a special paint?

    1. Thanks, Betsy! I’m so glad you asked about the paint because I forgot to mention that I sprayed the wands with a clear gloss after the paint dried. The spray gives them a nice shine and helps prevent the paint from chipping off. Any acrylic paint should work for this project. Thanks again for your questions and comment!

  2. Hello Becky,
    This looks so much more complex than it is. I teach 5/6 grade ELA and in the past I have ready Harry Potter books to my classes at the end of the day during dismissal to pass the time. I also have small Harry Potter posters and sayings around my room so it’s nice to show them the connection. This would be a fun activity for the end of the year after we finish book 1. We could research the different types of wants and try to emulate the Wand of their favorite character. It would be a big project, but they would really love it!

    1. I bet your students would love it, Megan! And you too! If you decide to try it, please let me know how it goes.

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