|Simple Wand with Scroll Markings|
|Simple circular grooves with color variations.|
They are easy to make from hardwood dowels. I use the thicker 5/8 to 3/4 inch dowels so that I have room to carve designs into them and so they aren't an eye-poking-out hazard. You can find a description of how they are made on this Hubpages article. The trick to really selling these wand is the individual tags for each wand.
When I buy the dowels, I alway note the type of wood. I've found dowels at Home Depot, Lowes and other lumber supply places made of poplar, oak and ash. They aren't terribly expensive and you can get three or four 8 to 15 inch wands out of them. You simply cut them into the lengths you want, Carve designs in them with a lathe if you have one or a Dremel-Moto Tool. You can even make them interesting with a simple whittling knife if you have some skill at whittling.
|Custom tags add authenticity|
When you're done, you'll need to print up some tags for each want and attach them with a loop of string as shown in the article linked above. The tags, like Mr. Olivander's wands will specify the length, type of wood used, the "core" used and the rigidity of the wand. A typical tag might read: