While a great deal of fuss is made over wizard hats, everyone knows it’s their staves that hold true power. A proper staff sends the message that its owner should not be taken lightly. Particularly if that staff happens to be crackling with magic!
Now you too can harness the power of the arcane by making your own glowing wizard staff.
- Wooden dowel
- Globe jar
- Screw with washer
- Craft wire
- Hot glue gun
- Spray paint
- Acrylic paints
- Iridescent gift filler
- LED tea light
Step 1: Drill holes for the screw.
Drill a hold into the end of one side of your dowel rod. You’ll make a matching hole through the center of the jar lid. This will allow you to firmly attach the lid to the end of the dowel with a screw/washer combo. Make sure to really twist the screw in so the globe on your finished staff will be sturdy.
Step 2: Cut long pieces of wire to wrap around the dowel.
Beginning a few inches below the lid, wrap the wires around the staff, extending them above the jar. Mika suggests mimicking the way vines grow as a source of inspiration, but the design can follow whatever your heart desires. It’s a good idea to fold the wire ends over at the tips so you won’t have to worry about them being sharp in the next step.
Step 3: Use paper to add body and depth to the wires.
Next you’ll take some craft paper (newspaper works as well) and carefully weave it around your wire branches. If you have expanding foam or paper clay on hand you can mix some in here for added detail. Keep adding wire branches to your staff until you’re happy with how it looks. Then use generous amounts of hot glue to hold your work in place.
Step 4: Paint your creation.
Select the base color you’d like for your staff and spray paint it. Mika added a gradient effect on her staff by lightly tapering off the paint, but as staves are a deeply personal part of a wizard’s ensemble, you may use your own discretion here.
Once the base coat has dried, use acrylic paints to dab in highlights and depth. Depending on the look you’re going for the colors may vary, but for a more natural appearance, browns, greens and even a bit of gold should work nicely.
Step 5: Assemble your orb and add some light.
Now that the staff is ready it’s time to prepare your magic orb. Decorate your jar with reflective materials or paint. Iridescent basket filling is an inexpensive accessory that reflects nicely.
Now you’re ready to add your LED tealight to the mix. A normal tealight or glowstick will work just fine, but Mika has also shared a video that explains how to make extra bright tealights for that extra touch.
Use folded or double stick tape to secure the light to the inside of the lid, then screw the jar orb into place.
Just like that, you’re ready to call down a lightning storm!
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