The wand is one of the most iconic items on a witch’s altar. It represents either air or fire, depending on your associations and is a common altar tool. Making your wand can actually be a really fun activity and help add a personal touch to your altar. In this post I’m going to explain how to make a wand, but I’d like to make two points before I start. First, you don’t need a wand in order to practice witchcraft. It’s a nice aesthetic, but if you can’t make one or don’t want to, that’s not going to keep you from practicing. Second, there is absolutely no shame in buying a wand that someone else made. People who craft wands to sell are amazing artists and if you find one you like, go ahead and treat yourself.
In order to make a wand, the first thing you need is a stick. Go out on a nature walk or around your house and find a stick that seems to call to you. It should be the same length as from tip of your middle finger to the inside of your elbow. This is to more closely tune the wand with yourself since it draws upon your measurements. You can choose a wood that has special meaning, but it doesn’t have to be. For instance, I’m not sure what type of wood my wand is; I found it outside of my apartment and liked it.
Once you’ve found your stick, you’ll want to remove the bark and knobs on it. I used a knife and sandpaper to do this, but it makes a mess so be careful.
Now comes the fun part. Gather items that reflect your craft; for me it was feathers and beads for my spirit guide. Use them to decorate your wand however you want to. If you’re talented enough (I’m not) you can carve symbols into your wand or add crystals to the wood. Remember, this wand is supposed to reflect you and your craft, so don’t compare it to others.
Congrats! You now have your wand, which you can use to direct magic while working a spell. Use it as an extension of your arm and intentions in order to add power to your spells.