If you choose to use a wand as a magickal tool in your practice (and its optional, so if it doesn’t resonate with you, then don’t feel compelled to do so), its perhaps one of the easiest tools to make yourself.
Wands act as an extension of the energy of the bearer, much like the ceremonial athame can. Wands can be used to direct and channel the energy you have raised.
What you will need:
- a length of wood from a tree or bush, usually between 8-12″ (20-30 cm)
- a knife for making cuts and optional carvings
- a length of twine, but you can sub this for literally anything else you like better, such as ribbon, metal wire, leather cord, or natural vines, etc
- glue (this is kind of optional; theoretically you can make the wand without the glue, but the glue just makes it more efficient)
- other optional items you may want:
- a crystal for the point
- a crystal or large bead for the handle
- other embellishments such as paint, glitter, stickers, charms, etc
What you will do:
- Please make sure you have permission from whoever owns the land the tree is on to take a branch if it is on a tree that is not on your property. If you are an animist like me, I would also ask permission from the tree and explain what the branch will be used for, and that I will honor the tree in its sacrifice to me.
- Decide how long you want the wand to be and whether you will add any crystals or other embellishments that will alter its length. Make any necessary cuts to the wood to bring it to the appropriate size.
- If you are adding a crystal to the top, using your knife, make an ‘X’ shaped cut about 1 inch deep on the tip that splits it into 4 ‘prongs’ when they are pried apart. Place the crystal in the prongs to ensure it at least partly fits into this spot. Some of the crystal will obviously hang out from the tip. If it is a larger crystal, you may need either a longer piece of branch, or you may need to make the X cut deeper into the branch.
- If you are happy with where the crystal sits, take out and set it aside for now.
- Sand the branch with 60 or 80 grain sandpaper to remove bark, if you want to remove the bark. Then sand it two more times, once with 120 grain and then once more lightly with 240 grain.
- I find it is helpful at this point to soak the wand in water for a few hours to a day, depending on how pliable you want it. When the wood is softer, its easier to bend it around the base of the crystal and shape it a little.
- Once the wood has dried out a bit, put some glue in the setting you cut for the crystal and place the crystal back in it. Let the glue dry completely before doing anything else. If the wood was very wet still when you added the glue, you may need to bind the prongs and base of the crystal with decorative twine or ribbon now, in order to hold it together and ensure it dries in the right shape.
- At this point, you can begin deciding how you want to adorn the wand. I would recommend wrapping a decorative twine, ribbon, or otherwise around the tip where the crystal and prong cut-outs are if you didn’t already when you glued it.
- You can also choose to paint the wood or add glitter. I would then recommend using something like Mod Podge or a craft clear coat spray (a few coats of either) to seal any of that, as you don’t want it to rub off all over you every time you handle it.
- You can also just leave the wood bare and/or seal it with something like a polyurethane clear coat or stain it.
- As for the handle, some people like to leave it bare, others like to wrap some decorative ribbon, twine, or metal wire around it, adding charms or beads. Go with your gut and intuitive thoughts on this.
That’s it. Consecrate your wand before using.