Have you ever put on your house robe and yelled, “10 points to Gryffindor”? Do you sip your morning coffee and pretend it is Polyjuice potion? Could you tell someone without hesitation what your patronus is? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to know about The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter. This is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams!
This book is full of fun and nerdy crafts to bring the wizarding world into your own home. Jamie Harrington, the author, is one of the coolest nerds you’ll ever know and is raising mini-nerds to be as awesome as she is. Inside the covers of her book you will find crafts to infuse Harry Potter into every part of your life. Create golden snitch jewelry, a Slitherin wreath for your door, and a Monster Book of Monsters tablet cover.
Don’t limit yourself to crafting these awesome creations alone in your craft room. Projects that are this fun are screaming to be shared. Get creative with friends and family. Throw the birthday bash of the century or take some much needed mom time with a girl’s night in. If you need some ideas, I’ve got you covered, just keep reading.
Kids Birthday Party
A lot of the crafts in this book are the perfect activity for birthday parties. Throw an entire Harry Potter themed soiree. Provide scarves in house colors as favors, set up your project area, and let kids munch on some Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans! The kids will have a blast and get a fun keepsake to take home. Here are some crafts from the book that would work best for this idea:
- Spellbook Journal
- Pencil Wand
- Marauder’s Map Mug
- Potions Ornaments
- Floating Candle Night Lights
- Mad-Eye Moody Photo Frame
Girl’s Night In
There are fantastic crafts that lend themselves to a super sweet girl’s nights. Make up some of the awesome bath crafts and pamper yourselves all night long. Complete the night with a couple of the movies and some adult “potions”. Before the night starts, make up:
- House Colors Sugar Scrub
- Potion Lotion
- Pygmy Puff Bath Fizzies
All of these crafts are the perfect match for a mani-pedi night with your mom friends. Soak your toes in water with the bath fizzies. Make your feet smooth and soft with the sugar scrub and the lotion. Finish them off by painting your toes in your house colors.
Regular family nights are important to strengthen your bonds, de-stress, and enjoy each other’s company. Being creative together is an excellent family night idea. A great way to incorporate creativity into family night is with this book. Make some nerdy décor for your home and create it as a family. This is also a great way to make your home an environment that your entire family is investing in (including keeping it clean). The best projects for this are:
- House Banners Doormat
- Nargles for the Yard
- Lumos/Nox Light Switch Cover
What teenage girl doesn’t love a good sleepover with her friends? Make the night one that all of the girls will remember fondly by making some of the awesome jewelry Jamie has in the book. You can also paint faces with the Dragon Scale face paint if you really want to take the party to the next level! Warning for parents: Be prepared for all night giggles and lots of thank-you hugs in the morning.
- Sugar Quill Headband
- Remembral Ring
- Golden Snitch Necklace
Now that you have some incredible ideas for fun festivities to go along with this awesome book (as well as a snippet of some of the amazing crafts inside), I have one more surprise for you! How would you like to get your hands on a copy of The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter for free?! I am so excited to have the opportunity to give away a copy to 2 lucky readers! Enter below for your chance to win! (Psst… Can’t wait that long to start crafting? Order the book online here.)