DIY Magic Staff Upgraded with LED Lights

A couple Halloweens ago I did a full DIY tutorial on making a magic staff using a big stick, and I used glow sticks for the green glow. This year I’m upgrading my Maleficent staff with LED lights! I’ll be wearing this cosplay at Enchantment Con in May and I wanted to add a few new features. I get bored of wearing the same exact costume and always have to switch things up a bit!

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Maleficient Staff Gets a Glow Up

The lights I added were $9 for a pack of 12 LED lights, and they come in several color options. You can also get ones that blink on and off. They come with batteries inside, and you open them up to remove a little piece of paper that blocks the connection. After that you can turn them on and off by twisting the base. These lights are often used for lighting up balloons. Click here to see the LED lights on Amazon.

Find the full Magic Wizard Staff tutorial on the blog here:

I haven’t tested out how long the lights last, but with a pack of 12, I figure I’ll bring extra and replace as needed. The LEDs are much easier than the glow sticks I was using before, and much brighter. I’m pretty excited about the literal glow up!

My Maleficent costume obviously isn’t a copy of the movie version. I often prefer to make up my own versions of characters. This one is a mix of Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent and Kristne Bauer’s on Once Upon a Time.

About the Author

Candy Keane is a digital content creator and long-time cosplayer, most well-known for being on the cover of the Star Wars documentary Jedi Junkies. After making costumes professionally for over a decade, she now writes about about geek culture and mom life, and continues to cosplay for fun, while sharing her love of costumes on Instagram @SewGeekMama. Her first children’s book, I’m Going to My First Comic Convention, was published in 2020 and won a Story Monsters Approved award for Excellence in Literature.

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