Miracle Wand FAQs

What’s Miracle Wand?

Miracle Wand is the original DIY drapery wand and the ultimate window accessory!

You make a Miracle Wand by attaching our product to a 3/8” wooden dowel. We include a 4-foot-long one with your shipment, but when you want to change it out, don’t worry! They’re available from any hardware store.

Miracle Wand works with all curtain styles – grommet, tab top, or rod pocket. You can make them as long as you want, decorate them any way you want, and you can buy four pairs of them (for four windows) for the same price as most acrylic drapery pulls for one window!

Round wooden dowels are inexpensive and available at any hardware store. 3/8” diameter wooden dowels are plenty strong enough to use for opening and closing most drapes.

Why do I want drapery wands?

There are lots of reasons! They’ll prolong the life of your curtain rods by taking the strain off them caused by pulling down as well as across. They keep your curtain panels clean because you aren’t grabbing them with your hands day in and day out. It can be difficult to reach the curtains if there’s furniture in front of them or if you have limited mobility. Likewise if you’re a child (or are just too vertically challenged!) who wants to close and open the curtains.

A wand makes all these problems go away, but there aren’t more of them out there in the world because most people see them as an expensive afterthought. That’s the tiny little corner of the world that Miracle Wand can change and improve.

Besides, Miracle Wands aren’t just drapery wands. They’re an amazing way to dress up a window!

Does Miracle Wand work with grommet curtains? What about tab tops, or rod pocket curtains?

Miracle Wand works with tab top, grommet top, and rod pocket curtains right out of the package. Everything you need is included.

It will also work with some blinds, as long as the blinds can run freely on a track. They won’t work with blinds that have a string pull attached at the top that opens and closes them (but if you have those, you wouldn’t need Miracle Wands).

Your curtain rod can be straight, bent, curved, drooping, black, white, made of copper piping or bamboo or whatever else your imagination can cook up. It really doesn’t matter, since the wands attach to the curtain panel and not to the rod.

How do I attach it?

It’s so easy!

If you’re using a tab top or grommet top curtain panel, just open the ring and slide it around the Miracle Wand and then the tab or grommet, then close it again.

To attach the dowel to the Miracle Wand cap, simply insert the dowel in the cap as far as it will go and then take the included screw, and thread it into the dowel through the screw hole.

You can put some glue in the cap before you slide the wand in, but we don’t recommend it. It isn’t necessary, and will make life difficult if you ever want to change the dowel.

How do I decorate it?

Here’s the fun part!

First of all, there’s no shame in leaving your Miracle Wands plain and not painting them at all. They’re functional, and your décor might actually warrant them being left as is.

However, since wood takes stains and paints so easily you can decorate them any way you like. Try that with the average acrylic drapery wand!

Any watercolor, spray or acrylic paint will look great. Same with stains and varnishes. Dowels can make seemingly thick coats of paint look like a stain or wash, so if you want a solid color we’d suggest you use spray paint.

If you’re spray painting, make it easy on yourself by attaching the cap to the dowel before you spray.

Then wrap some masking tape around the cap, use the ring to hang it up somewhere in a well ventilated area, and spray the dowel.  That’s it!

Kids love painting, and the same Miracle Wand caps will survive years of use. This means that when you want new drapery wands, just take the old dowels out and put new ones in. Presto! New décor!

You can also use decorative tape, known as washi tape, which comes in a myriad of different styles and colors. You can stick gems and jewels onto them as well, but you might want to attach a flat surface to the Miracle Wand first and the bling onto those instead of trying to glue them onto the round dowels.

How long should drapery wands be?

This is entirely up to you, but most hardware store dowels are a generous 4 feet long.

In the past (you know, before Miracle Wand), drapery wands were pretty expensive for what you got. Even acrylic wands are expensive, not paintable, and for a 4-foot pair of them they hover around $40-$60 depending on where you get them. So, cost was one consideration.

The other one is simply, how long do you need it to be?

If you have furniture that’s in the way, or if you’re short (vertically challenged? Fun sized?), then you might want to use the full four feet of the wand. Most ceilings are 8 feet high, and some are 9, so either way your Miracle Wand will be almost halfway to the ceiling. That’s plenty long enough.

When you buy 4 or more pairs of Miracle Wand, you get 4-foot wooden dowels included in your order. If they’re too long, they’ll cut easily with a coping saw.

Do I have to use the included ring and/or clip?

Of course not! You’ve got options. That’s one of the things that makes Miracle Wand so amazing.

See our gallery for some pictures of decorative ribbon that one customer used to attach hers to the curtains.

However, her opinion of this is that you have to keep the ribbons pretty short. Your mileage may vary.

What’s the difference between a drapery rod, drapery baton, drapery wand, wand pull, and curtain rod?

Most of those terms describe a drapery wand.

The “rod” is the bar that the curtains or drapes hang from. The “wand” or “baton” or “wand pull” is what you hold onto in order to pull them open or closed.

The rod holds them up, and the wand pulls them across.

What can I use besides a dowel?

Traditionally, drapery wands have been acrylic (hard plastic), fiberglass, or metal. Older ones of course were wood. So, think of Miracle Wand as back to basics!

You can make a Miracle Wand out of anything that’s 3/8″ around. Ski poles, pool cues, willow branches, copper pipe, what have you got? Dowels are cheap and they work perfectly, but they aren’t the only options.

What shipping method do you use?

We experimented with all kinds of rates and prices, and learned that airmail is the simplest and most effective for the money. We lose a bit on shipping, but it’s worth it to share our Miracle Wand!

Free shipping is via economy airmail.

What if the dowel doesn’t fit?

As long as you’ve got yourself a round 3/8″ stick, be it a wooden dowel, ski pole, willow branch or pool cue, you’ve got a Miracle Wand. We’ve tested these exhaustively to make sure that quality control allows for the odd size discrepancy.

However, there are things you can do to help if the dowel doesn’t fit.

First of all, it depends what the problem is. If the dowel is too big, there’s a good chance it’s swollen from humidity. Put it in the freezer for an hour or so, or at least the fridge, and it will dry out and shrink to fit. This, of course, is if you’ve made sure it’s a 3/8″ (three eighths of an inch) dowel to begin with.

If it’s too loose, take a hair dryer to the end for a minute and that should solve the issue.

We’ve seen a lot of discrepancies between dowels we’ve purchased, but one thing has remained consistent: Trust us when we say stores don’t often want to give you more than what you’ve paid for. So to find a dowel that doesn’t fit because it’s too big is a pretty remote possibility.

Are dowels strong enough? What else can I use?

First off, dowels bend but they very seldom break. Most curtain wands will bend because that’s what a long stick will do, regardless of what it’s made of. However, if your drapes are extra heavy or if your curtain rod isn’t smooth, they will bend a bit more than you’d like.

We’ve mentioned substituting ski poles and pool cues and weren’t kidding, those will work (although obviously we can’t guarantee they’ll fit. It depends where you cut them).

How about putting some fiberglass cloth along the dowel before you paint it? Or maybe solve this problem for others, and let us know what you did!

What’s Miracle Wand’s story?

Like all world-changing inventions, it was a solution to a problem many people had and nobody was solving.

One of our friends is just a titch over five feet tall. She lived in a basement suite with a window at the very top of her wall. On top of that, she had a table in front of the window because that was the only place it would really fit.

But this made opening and closing the curtains difficult. She couldn’t reach the top of them in order to close them all the way at night time, and couldn’t open them all the way in the mornings either. She wanted drapery batons but didn’t have a lot of money to spend on them, especially for 4-foot ones.

Wooden dowels seemed a great solution, but how to attach them to the curtains?

Some time spent with a 3D design program came up with the link between the dowel and the curtains. We’re sure you’ll agree the solution is beautiful and effective. Even da Vinci would be proud!