For today’s guest post, we have the lovely Krista! She is showing us some easy, but very fun (perfect combination, in my mind!) ideas for your next Harry Potter party. Looking for the competition? It’s over on MaeandK. We also have the month-long linky party where you can add your own practical Harry Potter outfits – there are even prizes :) :) Scroll down for the link to the give away.
Wands, Scarves, and Spells, Oh My!
Hi! I’m Krista from MaeFlowers & JuneBugs. Most people know me for my embroidered fairy wings, but they don’t know much about my love for Harry Potter. Luckily, I have a son who shares that love and last year, we had a Harry Potter Birthday Party. I’ll share a few of the things we did for the party, which are all fun crafts that you can do with your own little Potter-head!
Let’s start with something all witches and wizards need: a wand!
Every witch or wizard needs a wand if s/he wants to transfigure their little brother or sister into a toad! This is a fairly simple tutorial, but it does take time to dry.
You’ll need a wooden dowel rod (the thickness is up to you, I like 1/4″-1/2″), a hot glue gun with glue sticks and some spray paint.
We start by making a “handle” on our dowel with the hot glue. You can really get creative, making squiggles or zigzags along the wand handle. Just be careful not to touch the glue, blisters while crafting are no fun!
After the glue cools, head outside with your spray paint! It’s going to be time consuming because you have to spray one side, wait for it to dry, turn the wand over and spray the other side. I had to go back a few times to make sure I got all sides evenly. You’ll want to let them dry for at least 24-48 hours. I know, that’s a long time when you have a little witch or wizard waiting to cast spells, but trust me, you don’t want them running around with paint on their little hands. (I speak from experience here, we did our wands for the party the night before and some of the kids were wearing the colors of their wands on their hands)
While the wands are drying, let’s get started on our House Scarves! First, you have to be sorted into your house. We did Gryffindor scarves for all of the party attendees to cut down on rivalry. For each scarf, you will need 1/4 yard of each color fleece. Ours were maroon and gold. Cut 9″x9″ squares from each color (this is pretty easy, 1/4 yard is 9″, so you just have to open up the width of the fabric and start cutting). Decide which color will be the fringe on the ends of the scarf and then start sewing the squares together in a long line, alternating colors. Make sure you start and end with the same color! Now you just have to cut the end squares into fringe and you’re done!
Last, a witch or wizard needs a spell book! These are easy to put together. Just follow this link, save, and print the file. Then you’ll need to stack the pages in order, making sure that when you fold it, the cover is in the front and all of the spells are in alphabetical order. Open it back up and sew a straight stitch down the middle crease. I trimmed the edges of ours, but you don’t have to.