Condo Blues: How to Make a Fairy Walking Stick




Sunday, September 12, 2021

How to Make a Fairy Walking Stick

I will be walking untold miles throughout the day while I’m performing at a 35 acre renaissance festival. I’m thrilled to “people” (with safety precautions) again! 

 

Until the day after a first rehearsal when my legs reminded me how much time I sat around the house in 2020  instead of being active and out and about. Let’s hear it for Epsom salt baths!

 

A walking (or more like hiking towards the end of the day) stick should help. Let’s make one!

 

DIY fairy costume walking staff
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Easy DIY Elf, Fairy, Gnome, or Wizard Staff

 I am playing a mythical creature. Everything I use and wear has to be extra. You can use this tutorial If you are making a walking stick or staff as part of a Halloween costume or if you just want a cool DIY walking stick you can leave the decorations off. Or not. It is all up to you.

 

You will need:

A small tree branch or pole – I was going to buy this decorative birch pole from the floral department until my father in-law offered up my choice of branches from a honeysuckle that needed trimming. Good thing. Our tree fairy looks like a birch tree!

Small piece of leather (real or fake) or fabric – you can buy small pieces of leather for crafting here

Leather hole punch like this one

Leather thread or suede cord – you can buy waxed leather thread here

E6000 glue – you can learn more about E6000 here

Heavy duty scissors

2 large eye hand sewing needles

 

Optional:

Saw

Pocket knife

Sandpaper

Flower or grapevine garland – you can find a variety of artificial garlands here

Heavy gauge wire

This exact faux moss wire

 

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Step by Step How to Make it Tutorial

 

1. Cut the small tree branch to size if needed or as desired. I left the bark on my staff for visual interest, although the visually interesting texture bothered my hands by the end of the day. I fixed that with Steps 2-6.

quick and easy DIY walking stick 
This branch is about to go to the chopping block!

 

Optional: Carefully remove the tree bark with a pocket knife and sand the stick smooth with sandpaper. If you don’t want to decorate your hiking pole, congratulations! You’re done!

 

2. Determine where on the staff you want to put your leather handle wrap. I walked around a bit and did a few squats while holding my staff (which I do a zillion times a festival day when talking to children) to determine the area I’ll most likely use when handling my staff and marked the area with a piece of chalk.

 

3. I used a scrap piece of leather that wasn’t a rectangular (or even symmetrical)  for my staff grip hoping the interesting shape will contribute to the rustic, ethereal, faerie esthetic look I’m going for.

  • For people who like precision: Measure the circumference of the pole and the length of the area you want to cover in leather and cut a piece of leather/pleather/cloth to fit.
  • For people who want to wing it (raises hand): Dry fit wrap the walking stick with a piece of leather/pleather/cloth to your liking and use the heavy duty scissors to cut it to shape.

 

4. Use the leather punch to make a series of holes on both sides of what will be the leather seam. We will use these holes to sew the leather strap around the hiking pole with cording.


 

5. Apply a  bit  of E6000 onto the back of the leather handle for added insurance the grip will not slip as the leather stretches with use and wrap the leather onto the walking stick matching up the the lacing holes at the seam.

6. Cut a length of leather thread or suede cording and use it to thread two leather sewing needles (one needle on each end.) Use the needles and lacing holes to lace the leather handle closed like lacing a shoe. Tie a knot to secure the leather thread and cut any remaining thread ends as desired. Adding a dollop of E6000 to the knot to keep it from coming untied during an inopportune time isn’t a bad idea either.

 how to put a handle on a walking stick 

In hindsight I should have added extra strands of twine to hide the the bright white leather thread better. Oops.

 

7.  I decided to go big or go gnome by decorating my walking stick with a grapevine flower garland. I left part of a branch on my staff so I could use it as a hook for the hanging loop on the end of the garland. I wrapped and arranged the garland around the stick and used floral wire to get an idea of how and where to attach the garland to the stick to my liking.

 

how to make a fairy costume staff

8. I used 20 gage wire to permanently attach the garland to the walking stick and covered the silver wire as needed/reinforced the garland stress points with the wired faux moss.

 

how to decorate a walking stick
Fairy magic is made up of wire and E6000 glue.


9. I made the grapevine handle hand hole by running a length of 20 gage wire inside the center of the grapevine and shaping it to make a handle hole for my hand when I grip the walking stick.

 

how to make a fae costume staff

10. Once I was happy with the twisted grapevine decoration, I reinforced the flower stems hot glued to the grapevine with E6000 and Fray Checked the edges of the silk flowers (you can learn about my BFF Fray Check here) to keep them from fraying with us.

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4 comments :

Priya said...

Looks like so much fun! Found this through the Monday Linky party

Denise/My Home of All Seasons said...

Love this! I'm going to make one and put it out on the porch next year by my fairy garden! Thanks so much for the inspiration and tutorial!

Tai East said...

I used to be obsessed with fairies when I was younger, so I love this idea!

jeremy@thirstydaddy said...

I giggled at "go big or go gnome" Saving this as a potential Girl Scout activity #lilbitofeverything

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