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Harry Potter Wand DIY – Part 2

Harry Potter Wands

Even if they share a twin core, each wizard’s wand is unique. You can make your own wand following the tutorial in Harry Potter Wand DIY Part 1, but I ended up making so many that it was simply too much to put into one post. Each wand deserves a unique story, so here is part 2 with my remaining wands!

Alyce’s Wand Shoppe


Harry Potter Wands Ainsley 1

Harry Potter Wands Ainsley 2

Ainsley is made from Maple and Unicorn tail-hair, 11 1/4 inches. Often held by high achievers, this wand is drawn to fresh challenges and international travel, and when properly paired with a wizard who loves learning and challenge, this wand creates consistently brilliant magic.

I made Ainsley using a 3/16 inch dowel, wooden beads (step 4 from tutorial) and a swirling strand of hot glue. The handle is black, has a tan shaft, and gold accents.



Harry Potter Wands Eleanora 1

Eleanora is an especially emotional wand made of Hazel and Unicorn tail-hair, 9 3/4 inches. It is also quite unique in that this wand will always only have one owner. Hazel is an emotionally charged wood that produces outstanding magic in the hands of the skillful, but is capable of emitting random magic if the user has recently lost their temper or suffered a disappointment. Fiercely loyal, Hazel paired with the loyalty of unicorn tail hair creates such a bond with their owner that they will “wilt” and die once their owner passes away.

Eleanora was created with a 3/16 inch dowel, and hot glue accents, and an elaborate bead glued to the end of the handle for decoration. The based was painted with a dark brown and metallic gold was used for accents.



Harry Potter Wands Ditrich1

Harry Potter Wands Ditrich2

Dietrich is made from Hornbeam and Hippogriff feather, 10 1/4 inches. This wand selects a wizard who has intense passion, bordering on obsession. Once chosen, these wands bond so quickly and intelligently to their owner that other wizards find them difficult to work with, especially if their honor code differs significantly from the original owner. Enemies (or offenders) of owners of this wand will find the wand completely useless, or even have the spells cast back on themselves as a defensive measure.

I constructed Dietrich from a 3/16 dowel, wooden beads, and a decorative bead glued to the end of the handle. The shaft is dark brown, with black and gold accents.



Harry Potter Wands patronus 3

Harry Potter Wands patronus 2

Patronus is an introvert’s wand. Made of Apple and Phoenix Feather, 11 1/2 inches long, this wand is exceptionally unique and powerfully suited to an owner of high aims and ideals. While owners of this wand are well loved by those around them, the pairing with a Phoenix Feather lends them to be more distant and detached, selecting a few close friends and family to be in their inner circle and being fiercely devoted to them. In such, the wand is just as selective when choosing its wizard, but is an incredibly powerful wand when properly paired.

Patronus was made using a 3/16 inch dowel, hot glue for decoration, and has a silver base with metallic gold accents.


Harry Potter Wands Hawthorne 1

Harry Potter Wands Hawthorne 2

Hawthorne is aptly named for the powerful and dangerous wood it is constructed with. Hawthorne and Dragon Heart-string, 10 1/2 inches, this wand is capable of incredibly powerful magic, especially with healing spells, or conversely, curses. Paired with dragon heartstring, this wand is often held by those with a conflicted nature. This makes it a powerful tool, as the wand may adjust the magic to the owners true intentions, whether or not they are fully aware of what those intentions are, for better or for worse.

Hawthorne is made with a 1/4 inch dowel, hot glue decoration, and painted with a black handle, dark brown shaft and dark metallic accents.


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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