I really wanted a wand, so I decided to make one myself one summer. And not just in paper or anything like that, it had to be real wood! I was inspired by Hermione's wand in Harry Potter, and ended up with something a bit similiar. Here is what i did:
(I'm not really sure about how long time I spent on this project, I guess it varies depending on how difficult your pattern is.)
Cut a wooden rod to your desired lenght.
I ended up with approximately 30 cm (about 12 inches).
Draw on your pattern with an ordinary pencil. You can use a picture of an already existing wand if you'd like. I used a picture of Hermiones wand for inspiration ;)
Then it's the hard part: Carving. It's very hard to explain, so you'll just have to try and carv along your pattern until you're pleased with it. Be careful with a knife! I think I cut my fingers once or twice...
Make sure it ends up being narrower at the tip, and larger at the handle, which is normal for most wands.
Finally sand it down with sandpaper for a smooth and uniform finish. I used two different types of sandpaper, one a bit rough, and after that a finer one (I know, my english isn't perfect).
And here is your very own, handcarved, wooden wand! If you tried to follow my horrid How-To, I hope you are pleased with the result! :)