DIY Harry Potter Series – HP Button Magnets

Make some fun mod-podge fridge magnets, buttons or pins with your favorite characters or franchise 🙂 I, of course, chose Harry Potter as my theme.

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Materials:

  1. Matte mod podge
  2. Dimensional magic mod podge
  3. Paper cut outs of symbols / characters
  4. Blank stamping metal discs (These are what I used, they are thin and easy to work with; link: Impress Art Soft Blanks)
  5. Magnetic strip roll (you can find them at any craft store; link: Magnet Strip)

Procedure:

  • Find images of your favorite characters, symbols, crests etc on google (print them on regular paper in a smaller size to match your blank circles). Cut out the images as smoothly as you can using the circle as a template.                                                                    IMG_5870
  • Using a brush, add a layer of mod podge to the cutout and carefully place it over the blank circle and firmly press down to stick. Gently roll the brush over the image to remove bubbles. Let dry for 10 mins.
  • Even out any paper sticking out from the end of the circle.                                                           IMG_5864
  • Use the dimensional magic podge to gently form a layer over the image and let dry overnight (poke out any bubbles using a pin when wet). Use the link here to learn how to use dimensional magic podge; Basics of DIYing – Mod Podge and its uses
  • Once dry, you will see a dimensional quality to your image. Repeat for the other images.
  • Cut out small squares from the magnetic strip roll and stick firmly on the back of your circle. Your magnets are ready to be used.                                                                                  Untitled

Optional step: Instead of magnets, hot-glue some blank pins and wear them as brooches.

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DIY Harry Potter Series – Writing Quill and ‘HP Quotes’ Bookmarks

My HP loving friend (an even crazier fan of the series than me) has her birthday in two months and, of course, I had to give her something HP themed.

She loves traveling and writing so I got her a travel journal to pen down her thoughts. I made a quill for her to write with and some HP quote bookmarks to mark her finished pages.

For the Quill – Harry uses an eagle feather quill to do his homework and to write letters to Sirius. I wanted to make something similar.

I looked for one that was brown and white to match the eagle feather. You will need, in addition to the feather, hot glue, white paint, a ball point pen and scissors.

  • Cut an inch of the stem of the feather, at the base (see image below).                                                                             Untitled
  • Remove the ink tube from your pen.
  • Using scissors, gently pry open the base of the cut feather to make the hole bigger and fit the ink tube into the base (as much as it can go; image below).                                                                Untitled
  • Cover the joined portion in hot glue, making thick swirly designs. Let dry.                      IMG_5162
  • Repeat 2-3 times till you have a solid coating of the glue and the feather is attached firmly to the ink. Let dry.
  • Paint the hot glue with the white paint to blend with the stem of the feather. Let dry and add 2 more coats and dry.                                                                                                           Untitled

Your quill is ready for use.

For the Bookmarks – These are the bookmarks I made. I already had the travel book with some lovely travel based quotes written on each page.

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I made a happy birthday card in the HP font and added a birthday quote on the other side. The quote was ‘May your day be filled with golden snitches (drawing) and wands (drawing) and harry potter (drawing) and butterbeer (drawing)’.

For the first bookmark, I wrote ‘Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more… believing in yourself‘ and drew a deathly hallows symbol at the bottom with some star shapes around.

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For the second, I used ‘Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic‘. I wrote Dumbledore’s name and stuck a silhouette of his face. I added a golden tassel to the side and drew a thick border around the words.

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For the third, I used a quote by J.K.Rowling ‘The stories we love best stay with us forever. Whether you come back by page or by big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you‘. I added an image of glasses plus scar to the bottom right. This was a long rectangular bookmark, about 10″ long to fit through the book without a tassel.

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I added the happy birthday card through the second page of the travel book and stuck the 3 bookmarks through three sections of the book. Some nice wrapping and it’s good to go 🙂

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DIY Harry Potter Series – Quibblers, Quibblers Everywhere.

I made my first Quibbler magazine last year for the HP festival in Philadelphia. After a lot of pestering and nagging by my friend, I put it up on ebay and sold it for quite a bit of money. This inspired me to make a few more just to see if I could sell them. I successfully sold 10 and decided to make more for the center table in my HP themed room.

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I find the entire process of searching for appropriate cover pages and inner pages quite enjoyable. Finding the different pages and deciding what goes in which book is a fun way to spend a few evenings. Here are 8 that I made for myself. If I have a few cover pages left over, I might just stick them on my wall 🙂

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If you want to make your own, follow the DIY here: DIY Harry Potter Series – Loony Luna Lovegood

DIY Harry Potter Series – Horace Slughorn’s Birthday

fullsizerenderProfessor Horace Eugene Flaccus Slughorn (b. 28 April) was a Potions Master, Head of Slytherin and the person who educated Voldemort about Horcruxes, enabling him to create his seven.

Celebrate his birthday and the making of mystical potions using this simple DIY technique – DIY Potions Class

Optional Step: You can also fashion the resulting bottles into pendants by attaching a chain through the loop at the top.

DIY Harry Potter Series – Platform 9 3/4 hanging sign

IMG_4351I made this as part of the decor for my Harry Potter tree for Christmas last year. It took two days to complete and looks great.

Plus, I sold two of these on eBay for a great price in their collectibles section and feel quite proud 😀 😀

What you need: 

  • An unfinished wood panel (available at any craft store)
  • A hanging bracket + chains (available at any hardware store; cheaper from Amazon)
  • Two screw eyes and a hammer / drill (Amazon works out cheaper)
  • Krylon Cherry Red Spray Paint (from Joann’s)
  • Metallic gold paint pen (Chisel fine tip and Large tip; from Michaels)
  • Black sharpie, clear tape, glue
  • Small cutout of the 9 3/4 sign (the size will depend on the size of your panel; I used google images)

What you do:

To hang your sign – I was lucky enough to have a wood sign that came with a hanging wire so I didn’t have to worry about attaching the hanging accessories. I will explain how to do it here.

  • Use the drill / hammer to attach the screw eyes to the top corners of the panel.
  • Attach the chains (same length) through both eyes and connect them to the bracket (the bracket should come with attach-able hardware).
  • Follow directions in the purchased kit to attach the bracket to the wall.

To make the sign

  1. Cover an inch from each side of the panel with washi tape (easiest to peel off without making a mess). Paint the panel with the cherry red (use 2-3 coats and let dry overnight; make sure to cover the floor to prevent stains). IMG_3872
  2. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape carefully. Use the large gold paint pen to cover the four sides (forming a border) and let dry.                                                                           IMG_3883
  3. Use glue to stick the 9 3/4 cutout at the center of the panel (right under the top gold border).
  4. Using google images as a reference, I used the black sharpie to write out HOGWARTS EXPRESS under the cutout (If you make a  mistake, you can erase it by gently wiping with alcohol).
  5. Cover the black with the thin chisel tip gold pen and let dry.                                                         IMG_4351

DIY Harry Potter Series – Triwizard mini dragons and HP symbols / signs

Mini Dragons: You will need mini dragon figurines from Michaels (See link: Safari Ltd – Dragons). You can get them for $3-$4 with a coupon. I used images from Harry Potter Wiki to work on the features and details of each dragon.

  1. Common Welsh Green: A green dragon with gold extremities.
  2. Chinese Fireball: A red dragon with gold extremities and grey spikes.
  3. Hungarian Horntail: A black dragon with metallic bronze horns, yellow eyes and spikes (use metallic black to add a sheen to the dragon).                                                         IMG_3822
  4. Swedish Short Snout: Silvery blue dragon with silver spikes and blue extremities.               IMG_3755

Deathly Hallows Symbol: This is pretty easy to do. Print out a small deathly hallows symbol in black / white (based on the size of your ornament) from google images. Use mod podge to stick the image to a white ornament. Use 2 coats and let dry for 30 mins between each.IMG_2152

HP Logo: Again, use google images to get an idea of the font and draw it on a red ornament with a black sharpie. Once it dries, paint over it with gold metallic paint and let dry. Add a thin coat of mod podge and dry.                                                                                             IMG_1821

Hogwarts Sign: I used some letter tiles from Michael’s that I strung using brown twine. Paint the letters with the colors from the 4 houses (red, yellow, green, blue).                          IMG_1988IMG_2101

Harry Potter Christmas Tree (after a whole year of DIYing)

I started my blog in January of this year as a way of sharing my Harry Potter DIY tree ornaments. My plan was to have a HP themed Christmas tree and I wanted to make sure I gave myself plenty of time to get my decorations ready. And now Christmas is finally here….

After a whole year of creating, learning, experimenting with different art/craft tools and blogging / sharing on WordPress, I finally have my tree all decked up and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE how it turned out.

I feel so proud right now 😀 😀

WARNING: Lots of pictures ahead.

 

I printed a few google images of the Marauder’s map to use as a base for my tree to stand on. I added my Hedwig stuffed toy I got from Universal studios, a few wands I had made earlier this year and other HP related books and items (the most interesting one being a quill with a holder and Azul blue ink).

 

I printed a few signs from the shops at Diagon alley for my wall, as a background, and printed Hogwarts house crests to create banners.

 

At first I thought of splitting the tree into sections, one for each of the 4 Hogwarts houses, but I just liked the idea of having everything mixed in together with little sections for each person / house.

A few of the memorable and fun ones I created are:

The Potions section: Feel free to check out how to make these little potion bottles here (DIY Harry Potter Series – Potions Class)                                                                                                      IMG_3843

Mini HP character ornaments: The newest character I did for the tree was Luna Lovegood. I added her S[pectrespecs and a blue ornament for Ravenclaw. To make your own, follow the instructions from my DIY HP character series (DIY Harry Potter Series – Dumbledore, McGonagall and Draco Malfoy)                                                                             IMG_3850

Voldemort and his Horcruxes: This was the most fun because it was also challenging trying to figure out what medium and material to use for the different horcruxes. I truly love how everything turned out, especially the Gaunt Ring. (DIY Harry Potter Series – Voldemort and his Horcruxes)

 

Honeydukes Sweet Shop: I love how all the different treat boxes make it seem like I’m actually there 🙂 (DIY Harry Potter Series – The Intoxicating World of Honeydukes)                   IMG_3859

Mini Weasley and Hogwarts House Sweaters: This was a last minute quick DIY with some spare felt and metallic acrylic paints. Really easy to create and super cute.

 

Air dry clay series: I found some great YouTube videos that show how to make Cornish pixies and mandrakes out of clay. I felt inspired and used the remaining clay to make a Hogwarts trunk.

 

Platform 9 3/4 sign: I had an old sign about chocolate that I recycled into the platform 9 3/4 sign (DIY to follow soon).

 

Origami Howler: This was my greatest google search ever, in my opinion. I used regular colored paper to make the howler (works just as well as origami paper) Here’s the video link I used; Origami Howler Video                                                                                                              IMG_3845

The best part of this entire tree for me is the fact that all decorations were made by me and I love that 😀 If you’re inspired to make your own themed tree, I’d love to see the end result 🙂

Happy Christmas everyone ♥♥

DIY Harry Potter Series – Mini wands, golden snitches and winged keys

Perhaps the easiest HP DIY ever 😀

Mini wands: You will need toothpicks, hot glue and different colored paints. Create a pattern with the glue on your toothpicks (have fun with it and make your own creations). Let them dry and paint them different colors.

 

 

You can add a drop of hot glue to some wire for hanging or add some earring hooks and wear them to your next HP themed party 🙂

Golden Snitches: A couple of small sparkly gold tree ornaments, hot glue and white feathers are all you need. Cut the feathers to a size compatible to the size of the ornament and glue them to either side of the ball.

I added some silver glitter glue to the ends of the feathers for more of a sparkle.

Winged keys: Get some wood / metal keys from Michael’s, a thick black sharpie, transparent tape and some transparent plastic sheets (usually found in jewelry packaging).

Draw some wings on the plastic sheet with the sharpie (keep half an inch of space between the left and right wings).IMG_3318

Use a small strip of tape to stick the wings on the key (attach the tape to the half inch of space and fold the wings to either side of the key. You can use Elmer’s glue to further secure the wings).

DIY Harry Potter Series: Deathly Hallows Halloween Art

Halloween’s almost here and I’m super excited. I will be attending the Harry Potter Festival this weekend for Halloween as Luna Lovegood so I’m practically bouncing off the walls 😀 😀

I wanted to do a special kind of DIY for both these favorite celebrations and came up with Deathly Hallow-een (from Deathly Hallows; it was my friend’s idea so can’t take credit for the words). This is what I came up with (used a lot of google images as reference). Feel free to play with your own ideas if you want to do something similar.

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I took pictures at different stages of the creation  but it was mostly pencil sketching on cardstock with black / orange sharpies and orange / yellow / black acrylic paints. I worked off of the deathly hallows story mentioned in the movies and followed screenshot images to draw my characters.

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I added my painted Harry Potter and Hedwig pumpkins to this art to round it out (check out my Painted Pumpkin DIY post for more; link here: Halloween Painted Pumpkins). Works perfectly for a HP themed party 😀

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DIY Harry Potter Series – Loony Luna Lovegood

Luna was one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter. She was so eccentric and uniquely odd, it was wonderful watching her interact with everyone else. She had some fascinating fashion choices and I have tried to make a few here (possibly as a potential Halloween costume).

Butterbeer Cork Necklace:

Materials:

  1. A plain cork
  2. X-acto knife
  3. Some light blue cord or twine (long enough to come to the middle of your neck)
  4. Bead caps (See link here: Michaels Caps)
  5. Eye pins, jump rings, round nose mini pliers (all available at Michaels in the jewelry section)

Procedure:

  1. Cut the cork into a cone shape using the knife (be careful with this step).
  2. Use an eye pin to attach one bead cap to the center of the cork. 

  3. Attach 3 jump rings to the loop of the eye pin using the pliers.                                                   IMG_3005

4. Connect the cork to the cord and make a double knot at the top (I had a cord necklace which was blue so I just used that).

 

Dirigible Plum Earrings:

I love how these turned out but they take a lot of patience to do. You’ll need –

  1. Red, green, white beads – Size 10/0
  2. Beading wire – Make sure it fits through your beads
  3. Scissors
  4. Earring fish hooks (available at any craft / jewelry store)

What you do –

  1. Cut a section of wire as long as your upper arm. Add one white bead and move it to the center of the wire.IMG_3021
  2. Add 2 beads close to one end of the wire and attach the other end of the wire through the beads, forming a cross with the wires, with the beads at the center. 

  3. Gently pull the 2 wires away from each other forming a loop with the 2 beads. Pull all the way till they reach the first bead to form a triangle. Make sure the wire is taut so the beads sit tightly together.IMG_3024
  4. Repeat this with one row of 3 beads, one of 4 beads and one of 8 beads.                                       IMG_3025
  5. Keep continuing but this time using red beads over the white. You should have 7 rows with: 8 beads, 9 beads, 10 beads, 11 beads, 9 beads, 8 beads and 6 beads. This completes the earring. IMG_3029
  6. Form a knot on the top with the wire and then twist a couple of times to make sure everything is closed and sealed. Leave the remaining twisted wire attached to the top of the plum.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 for the second earring.
  8. Now you follow the same technique to make the leaves. You will need to make 4 (2 for each earring). Each leaf has 7 rows – 1 bead, 2 beads, 4 beads, 5 beads, 5 beads, 5 beads and 4 beads. Use step 6 to hold everything together. 

  9. Use the extra wire to attach the leaves to the plum, arranging them the way you want them to look and twist all wires together.                                                                       IMG_3034
  10. Attach the twisted wires together into the fish hooks and twist a few times. Cut the remaining wire away.

The Quibbler:

The easiest DIY ever. You only need paper, a color printer, glue and scissors.

  • Go to google images and type in ‘The Quibbler Pages’. You ‘ll find a whole set of images you can print out. Just make sure the layout and dimensions are the same on your printer for all images. Here are links to a couple I used (Quibbler Page, Quibbler Front Page)
  • Cut the extra white from the paper and arrange the different pages the way you want them.IMG_2974
  • Glue all the inner pages to your outer booklet using Elmer’s glue. Once everything is dry, you’ll have your very own magazine.
    • Here is the front look of my magazine.                                                                                    IMG_2976
    • And these are the inner pages. 

       

Luna’s Wands:

Luna had two wands. The first one from Ollivander’s after which it was confiscated after her abduction by Death Eaters. She was given a new one by Ollivander after their rescue and escape.

You will need: two chopsticks, hot glue, brown fine sharpie and acrylic paint – khaki, espresso brown

Paint the chopsticks (one brown and the other khaki). Let them dry. I used this template to draw the pine cone and vine design (link here: Luna First Wand Design) on her old wand (the khaki one).

 

The second wand is shaped like a closed flower, with all the petals folded inward. Use the hot glue to create this design (here’s the template I used: Second wand design). You will need to add multiple layers of glue to get the design. Paint the entire wand with another coat of brown and let dry.

 

Spectrespecs:

When I think Luna, I picture her with the Quibbler and her wacky pink glasses. See the world through her crazy glasses.

You will need: A cut out of the glasses ( I printed mine off of google images), thin plastic (from ziploc bags / plastic from gift bags etc), acrylic pink and blue paint, elmer’s glue, transparent tape, thin brush

  • Glue the ear pieces of the glasses to the frame. 

  • Cut out 2 small circles of plastic and use the thin brush to form swirls (one pink and one blue) to the circles, starting from the center.                                                                              IMG_3148
  • Let dry and stick it to the eye pieces with tape (stick the pink to the left eye piece and the blue to the right). 

For more sturdiness and rigidity, stick the spectrespecs paper design over existing glasses.