How To Make Maleficent Staff

With Halloween just around the corner, things here have been in full swing Halloween prep. One costume we are working on is a Maleficent costume for my daughter. And no costume is complete with a DIY Maleficent Staff.

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Maleficent Staff Pin

Tools Needed to Make Maleficent Scepter

  1. Old Broom Stick, an old swifter handle, any old handle you do not need.
  2. Black Tape – Duct Tape, Hockey Tape, Electrical Tape, any kind will work. 1-Roll should be sufficient.
  3. Styrofoam ball – I used a 3″ one.
  4. Acrylic Paint – We used green, but any color works also. But Neon Acrylic Paint and Glow-In-The-Dark Acrylic Paint are also fun for this project.
  5. Optional plastic binder section dividers – I purchased mine at the dollar store.

For Maleficent staff, I used bits and pieces lying around the house. I did not need to go buy extra parts. However, if you don’t have these items lying around, you can go to your local dollar store or local craft store. You should be able to buy all the pieces needed for a Maleficent Staff for less than $10.

Creating the Dragons Eye

As this costume is for my young daughter, I opted to use a Styrofoam ball for the Dragon’s Eye.

If you’re uncertain what the Dragon’s Eye is, it is the ball at the top of the staff.

Simply paint the Styrofoam ball. We went with green as it looks green in the animated Disney movie from 1959.

Let the paint dry, and apply a second or third coat if required. We had to do two coats.

Dragon Eye Paint

Coating the Staff

We used tape to make the staff black. Alternately, we could have painted it or even purchased a black broom handle. We were looking to make an inexpensive Maleficent Staff, and we already had an old broomstick in the garage.

Apply the tape around the broomstick. This is not tricky, but make sure not to leave any gaps, as when you are applying tape on a downward spiral, it may start to spread apart.

Wrapping Maleficent Staff

Combine the Dragon’s Eye and the Staff Together

As this whole project uses tape, I also used tape to attach the painted Styrofoam ball to the broomstick. I cut one wide piece of tape into 3 sections. I applied the thickest of the 3 down the middle of the ball. Making sure to have enough to go around the ball and still have about 2-3″ of tape to attach to the broomstick. The second and third pieces of tape I applied symmetrically with each other but allowing for as much green to be visible on 3 sides. Again, these 2 pieces of tape are long enough to affix to the broomstick.

Make sure the tape goes all the way around the Styrofoam ball. Don’t leave a gap where the tape should go to just affix to the broomstick.

Once the ball is secure, apply tape over the bottom section that attaches to the broomstick.

Attaching eye to staff

Decorations around the Dragon Eye

If you look at the Styrofoam ball attached to the broom, it looks incomplete. So we decided to add some decorative accents around the Dragon Eye.

Using simple plastic binder dividers, cut them into tear-drop shapes or to resemble a leaf. I am using plastic because this will hold its shape, and then I have a template to follow to make the shape I want. You can just make this shape with the tape, but I wasn’t sure about that.

Plastic Accessories

Apply tape to the plastic pieces. If there are edges that have weirdly Apply tape to the plastic pieces. The edges with weirdly folded tape can be cut off, or you can just leave them, as this is supposed to be a scary DIY witch staff. I just left mine in all different shapes and sizes.

Taped accessories

These accents now need to be taped onto the staff. I started taping about 1/3 of the way down the leaf on an angle so that it would reach the bottom of the leaf and move toward the broomstick. Using enough tape to wrap around the broomstick once. I then repeated this step for each leaf. Doing it in this method helps to keep the leaves close to the ball.

Taping Leaves to Maleficent Staff
Taping Leaves to Maleficent Staff
Taping Leaves to Maleficent Staff

Once all of the leaves are affixed, you can add one more thin layer of tape around the leaves, just slightly higher to pull them in closer. This is not required.

Optional – Make a Glow in the Dark Scepter!

So, one final step that we did was we used glow-in-the-dark paint and added it to the Dragon’s eye to make it glow. This isn’t required but fun for the kids on Halloween night.

glow in the dark scepter

That’s it! Your Maleficent Scepter is done!

Maleficent Staff Final
Maleficent Staff Final
Maleficent Staff Final

Tips and Tricks for Making A Witches Staff

  1. This staff that we are using for Maleficent can be used for any witch or wizard. It does not only have to be for Maleficent.
  2. This whole process takes about 1 hour to make, so if you are in a bind at the end of the month, it’s a quick thing to make.
  3. This inexpensive DIY Maleficent Staff didn’t cost us anything. We already had all of the parts at home. Now, I am a bit crafty, so I may have more random pieces around the house than your average person, but the Dragons’ eye does not have to be a Styrofoam ball. It can be made from a rock from the garden, a tennis ball, or a crumpled-up piece of paper. You just need to think outside the box.

Did you find this Tutorial Helpful?

Did you find this DIY Maleficent Staff tutorial helpful? Let me know in the comments below! And let me know if you tried it out!

If you liked this tutorial, check out my other Halloween Posts:

How to Apply Cheap Face Paint

The Easiest Way to Carve a Pumpkin

Seven Unique Way to Celebrate Halloween

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Christine

    This looks amazing and not too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Halloween!

    1. Katherine

      Thanks! We’re very happy with how it turned out!

  2. Brava S Reitumetse

    Oh this is so creative. It really is cool how you made the staff glow. I am not highly crafty, but the instructions seemed straight-forward and easy, I think I can do it.

    1. Katherine

      It’s amazing how easy things are if you just try. I never used to be crafty and then I just gave it a shot! This was super fun and has been used almost every day, and it’s not even Halloween yet!

  3. Areil

    That’s neat! And just in time for Halloween! Thanks

  4. Maureen

    DIY costumes are the best! I love how this uses supplies that you already had, rather than buying things that will only be used once.

    1. Katherine

      We always try to use things from around the house first… I have a whole pile of “junk” just waiting for other projects! Thanks!

    1. Katherine

      Great! Hopefully yours turns out!

  5. Amanda

    This is great! It would make an excellent prop for a Halloween photo shoot

    1. Katherine

      My kids have been parading around with this staff for weeks now! And Halloween isn’t even here yet! Hopefully it survives a few more weeks!

  6. Tara

    This is great! Thank you for posting!!
    Any ideas for the maleficent horns? I have some saved to my pinterest but I’m nervous about them and I know I’m going to end up putting them off until the last minute!

    1. Katherine

      Sadly, I haven’t had time to tackle the horns and went the easy way and bought a pair at the local dollar store.

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