Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Oldest's Harry Potter party required of course some actual school books. I got the idea for the spell book originally from A Lemon Squeezy Home. I loved the idea of making a book of spells. The spell pages were formatted to go into a simple photo book. I did not want to spend that much per party guest so I thought up a way to make them look like leather bound books.
I also decided to add in a Mythical Creature Book...which yes I now realize should have been Magical Creatures, but by the time my mistake was brought to my attention the suckers were already all printed out and assembled. The kids didn't even notice, so whew! I made this book to go with a Creature hunt. We used our books to review all the creatures and then they had to go around the house and "catch" them. If they were dangerous the kids had to cast a spell yelling "Stupify" in order safely gather them.
So when all was said and done each guest had two different school books to use while at Hogwarts.
I did a quick little how-to on how I assembled these guys.
Harry Potter Spell and Creature Books
What you will need:
felt cut into 10"x7" rectangles, enough pieces for how many books
felt cut into 1"x10" strips for book ribbons
pages formatted for book, click below to get book pages
-SPELL PAGES this link isn't working currently, will work on it
First cut out felt pieces. I chose different colors for each different book.
Then cut out book ribbons.
Print off pages for both books and make sure they are in the right order.
Place the ribbon on the inside of the felt.
Make sure they will be hidden by the pages.
Remove pages and then sew in the ribbon. This is how it will look on the inside.
This is how it will look on the outside.
Next place the pages back over the ribbon and sew the pages to the felt "binding" of the "book".
The pages will be secure.
Place the ribbon in the book.
Fold the books in half and press closed so they they stay closed.
Then you have all of your school books.
Have wand and you are ready to open your spell book and cast some spells. The favorite spell around here was "Stupify" and "Bombardo".
The Mythical Creature Book helped prepare the guests to go on a Creature hunt. Once they reviewed their book they were able to gather all the creatures.
The books were one of the highlights of the party. My boys still have theirs and for days after the party Middle was "blowing up" everything by yelling, "Bombardo".
It was a fun project with great results!