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For nearly 20 years (can you BELIEVE it's been that long?), children and adults alike have immersed themselves in the stories of Harry Potter and Hogwarts, and fans are anxiously awaiting the release of the latest book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two" (have you pre-ordered your copy yet?) and the new movie “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them,” which makes its debut in November.
This new book can help YOU and YOUR kids get ready!
Plus, it's a great Summer boredom buster too!
Charming crafts even Muggles can make!
You'll be as busy as Mrs. Weasley knitting her Christmas sweaters as you dive into dozens of Potterific projects. Relive the excitement of Harry's adventures with these genius crafts. Drop some homemade Pgymy Puff Bath Fizzies into the tub and pretend you're Moaning Myrtle. Keep memories of the Quidditch pitch close with your very own Golden Snitch Necklace. Or show off the Sorting Hat's selection with a House Colors Tie-Dye Shirt.
You won't need alchemy or a magic wand to make the magical projects in The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter! With a little Hogwarts creativity, readers will transfigurate simple supplies into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm, and find fodder for summer vacation activities, or theme parties.
This is a super fun book, full of plenty of Summer 'I'm bored projects' as well as projects to make any Harry Potter themed party da absolute bomb! There are projects suitable for kids, and others that need some adult supervision, but all are really fun, and not too hard to make (though some can require multiple days for drying and different stages of production).There are also plenty of projects that can be used for gifts for birthdays, grandparents day (coming up before you know it) teacher's gift (first day of school is coming (shhh, I heard your scream of joy!, Don't let the kids hear!), or even for Christmas (start now you early birds!).
Hogwarts future attendees will love the pages of fun from the books, and tips for making the projects in their 'house' colors and themes! this adds to the fun for even the 'somewhat' fan!
For our sample project, we chose the Transfiguration mirror. As you can see from the great pictures that go with the instructions, it's a pretty easy project, so one that Miss Grace and I could do together!
We too a $2 frame from the hobby store, took out the center, then used puffy paint (we had silver) to write and draw on the frame. Then Miss Grace sprayed it with 3 coats of spray paint (it was cheap, otherwise 2 would have sufficed), for a solid look, that made the writing and scrolls look like they were molded, as you can see below.HOW cool is that?
Then we wrapped the insert base with a mirror foil first, to see if it provided enough reflection (back photo), it wasn't quite the look we were going for, so we had to hunt down a mirror the right size (insert pix). As you can see it was perfect! The mirror frame is the perfect size for the hall, for a last minute check before heading downstairs. And with back to school upon us soon, I told Miss Grace she can transfigure to the 'good student' on her way past....she wasn't as amused as I was! LOL
But it was a fun project, and it gave us plenty of ideas for future craft projects, as did other ones in the book. This book is perfect for all crafty and non crafty Harry Potter fans alike, as well as helping to alleviate Summer boredom! So check it out and impress your favorite Hogwarts wait-lister today!
About the Author:
Jamie Harrington is a writer, a mom, and all around fun person. She loves DIY, nail art, and crafting with her kid! When she’s not blogging, or momming, you’ll find her gaming and watching silly movies. She’s a total sucker for a silly movie. She is more social media obsessed than she should be, and spends so much time staring at her phone that her tween daughter has nicknamed it “phoney.”
Jamie’s days are spent crafting geeky goodies with her kid, and her nights are spent in front of her favorite video games. Which means she never sleeps. Like, ever. Check out her website for more info!