I am not terribly fond of creepy. I myself tend to prefer a cute type of a Halloween. You know, full of Tinkerbells and infants in puppy dog costumes with a black circle drawn around one eye. I’m less interested in the blood and gore and scary things. But I know a few kids who are getting older who totally dig the more macabre side of this fun little time of year.
So I’m trying to be creepy. And, granted I’m not great at it, but who knows. By this time next Halloween I may be creeping you out just as much as the dinner scene in Beetlejuice did me when I was a kid.
But for now, I’ll share you a slightly creepy but totally fun eyeball magic wand every witch and wizard will want to be carrying around on the 31st!
For this project you will need:
- a stick
- air dry clay
- doll maker eyeballs
- pocket knife
First things first, go for a lovely little walk and find yourself a great magic wand stick. It needs to be strong and the right length. It doesn’t matter if it has that fab wand shape because we can totally DIY that up here in a moment.
Once you’ve found the perfect one, trim down your stick to about a foot long.
Have you ever whittled? Because you’re about to! Grab a sharp pocket knife and carefully trim the end of the wand to have a more “pointed” shape like a magic wand would have. Take care not to make it too pointy, especially if giving this to children.
Using sand paper smooth out the stick and remove any moss and bark or whatnot that might be on the surface. It doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect but be sure that there is nothing sharp or jagged that might hurt the witch or wizard’s hand!
Color the wood with wood stain or a marker. I used a Tulip Brush Tip Fabric Marker with fab results.
Grab some brown air dry clay. Work until easily malleable.
Roll into a long log form and start to push around the base of the wand.
Roll the clay in hand to make the handle of the wand. Use wet fingers to smooth out any areas where the joining clay is obvious.
Grab your doll maker’s eyes and start jamming them into the clay randomly around.
The posts on some of the eyes will be too long where the clay isn’t so thick on the handle. Use something sturdy and sharp like wire nippers or pruners to remove that post as much as needed. And it goes without saying… please be careful while doing this!
Continue adding the eyes all around until you’re happy with the number or you run out. I ran out.
Push the eyes in nice and deep by rolling the wand around in your hand. Some eyes will still fall out but that’s totally fine.
For some reason I decided I wanted a to trim the clay toward the tip of the wand to be a more blunt, obvious handle. Not sure why because I think it looked better before, but what can you do? :)
Allow the clay to dry completely.
Once dry use your stain or marker to make the handle match the wood of the wand a bit better.
Glue in those pesky eyeballs that just won’t stay put.
Before you can say alla kazam you’ve got a fantastic, one of a kind wand for one super amazing magical costume! Sit back and enjoy a nice cup of tea while the children in your life admire your crafty work!