(I though this would look cool with the books on my table - my daughter is into that Wizards of Waverly place Disney show so the first thing I thought of when I saw these books was a wand!)
hot glue gun
1. coat stick in sections with mod podge and apply tissue paper, let dry and apply top coat of mod podge over entire stick, let dry.
2. spray paint stick, let dry.
3. take glue gun and apply glue in a swirl pattern around "wand" handle and where ever you want a little embellishment, let dry.
3. paint over hot glue only with gold paint or marker, let dry.
if you can tell I am emphasizing the LET DRY because I usually don't have the patents to let stuff dry :)