My four crazies are bring the cast of Harry Potter for Halloween this year. Namely Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco.
It has been a lot of fun looking up all the little details and then figuring out of to do it all on the cheap.
My kids are super excited about their wands.
The wands were very easy and cheap and I hate to knock my photography skills, but they look better in person. To make your own wands all you need are chopsticks (I got mine at the dollar store, 5 pairs for $1), hot glue, and glossy acrylic paint. You can also add beads and stuff, but you you don't need them. All I had to do was buy the chopsticks, so for me these were about $.10 each, but even if you factor in the glue and paint these wands are coming in under $.50 each.
To decorate your wands you pretty much just add hot glue to your chopsticks and paint it. So easy right? You can play around with the glue. I found that if you put the glue on thick and let it cool a little you can twirl it and mold it. And if you kinda go up and down it makes a wood type grain. Bryce REALLY wanted me to add a ball on the end of his (even though it doesn't stay true what Draco's wand looks like.)
I used this picture as a guide when making their wands.
I found that a lot of glue is good.
As soon as the wands were dry the kids were running around the house casting spells at each other. I wish I could remember some of the spells they were saying, because they were pretty silly.