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DIY – Maleficent Staff

Every year there is some major Halloween costume project that I undertake, and then question why I started. This year it’s the DIY Maleficent Staff. My younger daughter is going as Princess Aurora for Halloween from this years Maleficent movie. She is what I like to call the easy costume child. I found a nice Coronation scene Aurora dress (thank you Target) and there’s her costume.

My older daughter on the other hand wants to be Maleficent. But not just the “store bought I look nothing like the movie” Maleficent costume, but exactly like Angelina Jolie did in the christening scene where she curses baby Aurora. Long dress and complicated molded butterfly collar to match.

And yes I showed her the store bought costume and she was like “Yeah Mom that’s not what it looked like in the movie.”

Good times.

She’s lucky I absolutely love Halloween. But she’s not lucky in the sense that I cannot sew to save my life. So I am currently modifying a long witch gown to try and make it look like a child’s version of that iconic movie scene. But along with the dress comes the headpiece and the staff. Now, we ordered a pair of light up horns for the costume because she didn’t want to wear a headpiece. Totally cool. But the staff (a.k.a. walking stick) that she loved is another story.

Why a DIY Maleficent Staff vs Buy?

The problem was that the glowing version sold in stores – the one worth carrying around on Halloween night – is around $30-$50. Last year because of bad weather, trick or treating lasted 20 minutes. Even if at best case scenario they’re out for an hour, $50 is a lot of money for a walking stick. That’s not happening.

Mind you if YOU want to spend that on your costume, Amazon is your friend. Spend your DIY time making glow in the dark jello shots for the parents walking around like zombies.

Here are 2 versions they sell (affiliate links):

I decided to make a kid friendly one that lights up, and takes a bit of charm from the old Maleficent staff from Sleeping Beauty.

Here is how you can make one – what you need:

  • A stick
  • Black duct tape
  • Black shelf liner
  • A green glowing bouncy ball from the dollar store
  • An measuring cup from a cold medicine container (yes I cleaned it well)
  • Twine
  • Black spray paint
  • And my glue gun

STEP 1 – Though the photo should be pretty self explanatory.

I glued the medicine cup onto the stick, and then the ball onto the cup.

After trying several high tech methods of gluing this ball to the stick, including insane amounts of super glue that just did not hold.

I must have had old containers because I swear by E6000, so I wound up using my glue gun and went to town. Pick whatever super permanent, adhesive glue you love, and use that.


I cut out the duct tape and taped it all around the bottom of the ball. Forming what I call a respectable looking duct tape base for the ball.

Then I cut the shelf liner into sharp, leafy shapes and glued them around the ball and the stem.


Then I wrapped all of the above in even more duct tape, and the stick with twine.


Spray painted it black and let dry. Crow all sticker not included.

Or hang on, what was his name in the movie? Diavel.

And when you hit the stick on the floor like an actual walking stick, it lights up at night.

Which if you’re 7 is the coolest thing ever.

Total cost (because I owned the spray paint already) was around $5.

That’s a budget I can handle for trick or treating.

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    October 23, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    This is fantastic! That ball is SO perfect for this…you are so creative!

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    Tash @ The Dreamhouse Project
    October 24, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Alex, I love you. You’re so awesome! This kind of DIY is right up my alley! Halloween DIYs are my absolute favourite. It’s the one time of year when I get to be my most creative to accomplish a look better than anything store bought. And like you I can’t sew so my costume creations always involve my glue gun and a whole lot of duct tape! 🙂 This year tho, my little guy is insistent on being Spiderman. For that I really can’t do better than what I can get in a package. Which I guess it is a bit of a blessing because with all the house stuff happening right now, I really don’t have the time to make anything from scratch. But the thought of it still breaks my heart a little. i know, I have issues..

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    Michelle @ Eamonn & Jack
    October 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    OMG – this it s the greatest thing ever! I totally want to make one now. Why oh why did someone (not I) decide our team at work was going to be Care Bears?

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    October 28, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    This is so cool, I can’t tell you how much I admire your creativity. And the ball LIGHTS UP? OK, cool whether you’re 7 (like your daughter), or 47 (like me!). This will be the costume accessory I’ve been looking for, to impress the nephews. Mwahahahahaha! Thanks for the post!

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    October 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Aha! Twine! I’ve had plenty of thoughts in my head about how to make the staff, but I haven’t been able to come up with a solution for the vine part of it. Twine seems so obvious now.

    Thanks a lot!

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    November 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

    This is totally awesome! I am really liking this, I think I might make this!

    On a related note, what kind of glue gun do you use? I have a really bad glue gun, I’m looking for a really really good one.

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      November 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Sorry for the late reply. My glue gun is from a brand called Ad Tech and I think I picked it up about 2 years ago from Walmart for under $5. It’s still kicking and does the job well. Despite it looking like a train wreck but that’s due to how I use it.

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    January 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    at my school this year for spirit week, we are doing disney day. i want to be maleficent, so i really needed this. thanks! do you have any suggestions for the cape, though? i have everything else figured out.

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      January 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Do you mean the collar or the cape itself? The cape is a vampire cape that I got I from a thrift store but you can go to any Party or Costume store and they should have it in stock (or even order online). Another alternate would be to use a flat black bed sheet to create into a cape and just trim the fabric to size. Hope that helps some and have fun with your Spirit Week!

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    September 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I also made the staff but I used a clear plastic Christmas ornament which I coated the inside with glow in the dark paint, placed one of the tiny white Christmas lights (rewired one to a 9 volt battery) & placed it inside the ornament then glued that to top of staff (not the battery-that gets wrapped to the staff so you can press it when you want to light up the ornament) it came out awesome and people wanted to know where did I buy it! Also I purchase one of those feather covered crows from Walmarts and glued an elastic band to its feet I wore him on my wrist when carrying the staff!

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      September 3, 2015 at 8:26 am

      Now that is a great upcycle of a Christmas ornament. Do you have a blog link of it? If so feel free to link it up in the comments so others can take a look.

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    Miki Nyckel
    September 15, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    This is fantastic thank you!!

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      September 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      You’re most welcome! Hope it turns out great for you. 🙂

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    September 18, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Where did you get the wooden stick?

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      September 18, 2015 at 7:44 pm

      We have a small forest by our home and it was on the ground. I just looked for one that matched the height of my daughter.

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    September 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I love it! My daughter and I had to do a lot of work but it was worth it! Halloween is going to be a lot better now!

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    October 29, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just made 2 of these today for Halloween, one for my daughter and I. They came out great! I am so excited to show people on Saturday! Thank you again!

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      October 29, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      I am so happy to hear that!! This is why I blog. It’s so great to hear stories from other parents and people who drop by and tell me stories like this. Have a great Halloween!

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    October 29, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    I just finished making this! It took much less time than I thought it would. My daughter is going to love it! My 3 year old son will probably want one too…

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    Daphne T Powell
    June 2, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Wow! My daughter is going to a costume banquet that is Disney themed. And we used your DIY Maleficent staff to add the perfect accessory. Thanks! It came out wonderfully. I am not crafty or creative, so this was a huge help. Thanks a million

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      June 6, 2016 at 10:45 am

      That is amazing! This is why I blog. It’s so great to hear your story.

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    October 30, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I made this staff and it took me an hour or two…it looks awesome thanks for the easy diy alex i love it!

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    October 29, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Great idea with easy instructions! Mine came out perfect! Thank you

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    November 1, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Copied your staff. What a huge hit. Thank you. I found a toy ball that lit up when you bounced it. Every time I shook my staff the ball glowed. What a fantastic idea. Thank you again

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    Tonya Matheny
    July 7, 2022 at 9:39 am

    If I wanted to do these in bulk (36) for a Descendants Themed Summer Camp, any suggestions to replace me having to find 36 sticks in Florida?

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