Harness the power of trees and connect with the fabled Fae folk by crafting these delightful fairy wands!
Throughout history, the wand has been a staple of any magic maven’s must-have toolkit. Essential for helping cast spells, they can be used to charge a more concentrated stream of energy in your magic work. To help you summon the fairies this summer, why not make these wands, simply handcrafted from things you can find in your back garden – just be sure to give thanks to the deities of the great outdoors first!
DID YOU KNOW?
Various trees have different magical strengths – craft your wand from birch for healing and protection, hazel for wisdom or willow for the ability to summon
• Dry wooden sticks
• Soft beeswax
• Metallic eyeshadow (optional)
• Silver plated wire
• Cotton yarn
• Beads, charms and flat-backed diamantés
• Strong PVA glue
1 Cut your sticks down to an appropriate length with a fine bladed saw. Lightly sand the bark to remove any rough areas and brush away all dust. Paint the stick with softened beeswax polish, adding a little metallic eyeshadow to the wax if desired. Leave to dry and buff with a clean cotton cloth.
2 Choose the end of the stick that sits more comfortably in your hand; usually a gentle curve. Begin adorning the wand from the top in any of the following ways:
3 To create a bead wrapped wand, cut a 2m length of yarn or wire. Wrap and tie one end one third of the way up the wand. Thread on several beads, wind 10cm of the beaded yarn up the wand in a spiral. Wrap and tie the yarn above the spiral and repeat to fill two thirds of the wand. Fasten both ends of the yarn securely, sealing the knots with glue before trimming.
4 To make a yarn wrap wand, cut two notches in the top of the wand and fit a star bead in them, gluing lightly. Cut several short lengths of yarn, wrap over the arms of the star and glue the ends to the wand to secure the bead. Cover the glued ends with a tight wrap of yarn around the top part of the wand and add a ring of diamantés below this. Add more yarn wraps along the length of the wand as desired.
5 To craft a wand with wire accents, firstly, fix a round stone bead to the top of the wand with a long panel pin hammered through the centre. Thread crystal beads onto a length of silver plated wire and form a collar below the round bead, twisting the ends of the wire together to secure. Wind the rest of the wire around the wand in a spiral. Cover the ends of the spiral with a tight yarn wrap. Make a second wire spiral halfway along the wand, adding silver charms to the wire if desired. Cover the ends with yarn wraps as before.
For an extra touch of magic before using, leave your wand to charge under the light of a full moon