DIY Hogwarts Gryffindor Robes

Hello my lovelies,

Here’s the next item that will be in the special delivery package from Hogwarts for our Hogwarts Holiday at Home program.

Every witchlett needs a school robe!  I’m still waiting for the patch to arrive from ebay but I couldn’t help posting a picture. I am a mature enough geek to say that I really want one of these myself!

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I was lucky enough find a sewing pattern for a kids robe at a car boot sale- you know the kind you wear over your pyjamas? I used that and lined it to make this robe. It’s not a difficult sewing project and requires intermediate sewing skills. Everything but the sleeves on this robe are lined.

Sadly, I didn’t take pictures of the sewing process but here’s a tutorial from DIY Fashion that is easy to follow and until I found my pattern I was going to use it.

When the Gryffindor patch arrives I’ll sew it on and it’s going to look really cool. I think she’s going to love it!

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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DIY Harry Potter Wands

Hello my lovelies,

Welcome to the first craft project in preparation for the Hogwarts Holiday at Home Program.  To find out all about this awesome home camp check out my post here.

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Before the summer holiday plan begins, a special delivery package will be delivered to our front door for my little witchlett.  Since she’s not 11 she can’t yet go to Hogwarts so there will be an acceptance letter into the Hogwarts Holiday at Home program instead.  The care package will include lots of yummy treats and all the essentials that a little witchlett will need for her fun magical studies and activities.   The first item in the package will of course be a wand.

I wanted to show you the wands I made for her and I yesterday.   I’m going to be a Hogwarts teacher so I’ll have to have a wand, right? LOL!

For this project you’ll need a couple of chopsticks or two fat wooden knitting needles. Just so you know I sanded down the points of the needles so they weren’t sharp as a safety precaution.

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You will also need a hot glue gun, some beads, two pretty buttons with the shanks broken off with a pair of pliers, brown acrylic paint, pretty nail varnish (or acrylic paint in different colours), nail glitter (or regular fine glitter), some newspaper and a hair dryer.

Here are my pretty butons.

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Once your glue gun is heated up squeeze loads of glue into the base/top part of the knitting needle with the aim of creating a handle for your wand.

I wanted to use the buttons for the top parts of the handles so I splodged loads of glue on, stuck on my button and used more hot glue to fill in any gaps. Add your beads being careful not to burn your fingers. When the glue is dry enough that it does to stick to your fingers but still tacky mould it between your hands to get the shape of handle you want. Add more glue along the length of your wand as you like.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL BECAUSE HOT GLUE CAN GIVE YOU BLISTERS ON YOUR FINGERS!  *voice of experience there*

I couldn’t take any pictures of this process because I was too busy actually doing it.

Here’s the first wand done up to this point.

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Here’s the button in the base – quite a nice touch I think.

Complete this process for as many wands as you are making. Here’s the back of my wand.

and both of them together.

My wand  – sorry I cut off the tip a bit I was distracted by George.

Different sizes of beads give a different texture so play around with it to get the look you want.

Allow the glue to dry completely then paint with brown acrylic paint. I used my hair dryer on the cool setting to dry the paint. FYI if you use the hot setting on your hair dryer the glue will start to become soft again and the paint starts to melt off!

Decorate as you wish.

I didn’t have many pretty colours of acrylic paint so I used nail polish and nail art glitter. Talk about using what you have on hand!

And here they are!

My completed wand – not as pretty as DD’s but I like it.

The handle of my wand.

And DD’s wand.  I’m really proud of it and I think she’s going to love it. It’s blinged up!

I just love how the hot glue dried making this sort of natural drip. I think it makes it look a little authentic, I think. Of cours she’s gonna love the pink and blue ‘jewels’.

and my favourite part of her wand is the blinged up base – that flower button with the glitter around it looks really cute. I’m so chuffed with it!

Voila! Couldn’t be easier and it looks so effective.

Stay tuned because next up will be a Gryffindor Robe.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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Hogwarts Holiday at Home program series

Hello my lovelies,

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After reading some delightful articles on other blogs about parents preparing Hogwarts days at home for their kids, I decided to do something similar for DD.  Our school holidays this year are going to be very different from previous years because we’ll be going to Disneyland Paris and France for two weeks of them but I don’t want that to stop us from having fun!

DD has watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone a few times and has been thrilled with Hogwarts.  When we go to the supermarket, she pretends the shopping cart is the Hogwarts express and has great fun making train noises and pretending that the end of the aisles are the Platform 9 3/4  invisible entrance to get on the Hogwarts express.  She has quite the imagination as I’m sure you can tell.

So anyway, I decided to create my own Hogwarts Holiday Home Program where on about 3 days we’ll do Hogwarts classes such as Potions (simple science experiments), Herbology (creating a fairy garden, gardening and planting out flowers) and a walk in the Forbidden Forest (our local woods).   I’m not 100% sure of all the ‘classes’ and activities we’re going to do yet but the entire program is going to start off with an owl delivery/royal mail delivery.

It’s going to be a delivery from Hogwarts inside which will be a few things I’ve crafted for her. Everything will be the essential tools that a young witch or wizard will need for the Hogwarts Holiday Home Program.

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What’s in the box will only be revealed later on my blog and so will my specific ideas and activities for DD.  But here are some great articles for you to glean some inspiration.

Harry Potter Camp ideas

Harry Potter summer camp ideas

Harry Potter science experiments

Harry Potter classroom activities

Watch this space for more wizard worthy ideas and crafts for setting up your own Harry Potter Holiday at Home program.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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The Harry Potter Three broomsticks tray

Good morning my lovelies,

We got some distressing news about a family member on Friday that sent me into a bit of a tailspin this weekend.  After a good cry, I realised that until the test results confirmed anything it was no use getting upset.  To distract myself, I got crafting.

It’s amazing what you can create with a few bits that are lying around the house!  We had an old wooden tray that was left behind by the previous owners of our house.  It had seen better days and was crying out for a makeover. I was happy to oblige and that’s how the Harry Potter Three Broomsticks tray was born!

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Here’s how I did it.

I didn’t have any special paint to use and I wanted to do this tray on a budget, using things that I already had around the house if at all possible.

We had bought a few paint samples for our bathroom and when I remembered this pot of Dulux Bathroom paint in Urban Obsession I knew it would be perfect!

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First things first, I gave the tray a good wipe down to remove any grease.   Then I sanded it lightly with some lightweight sand paper. On the back and front.

I then painted the top with the Urban Obsession.  A little goes a long way with this paint and I didn’t mind if it looked a little rustic. After painting, I set it out in the sun to dry.

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Once it was dry, I painted the other side and allowed it to dry.

I printed off the logo for the Three Broomsticks from the internet and using a pencil, I went over the outlines of the writing of the logo quite thickly. It’s worth remembering that you will need to print it back to front using a mirror effect. In other words, flip the image horizontally so that when you transfer the image onto the tray it will be the right way for reading.

I then measured where I wanted it to be positioned on my tray and used tape to stick it, face down (image side down). I then used the pencil and coloured in, quite hard over the page where I had outlined the letters.  This meant that the pencil outline would transfer to the tray.

I then went over the pencil transfer with a sharpie and another permanent marker with a thin nib. When I was happy with the effect, I made sure it was dry then started to Modge Podge to seal it.

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I gave the tray four coats of Modge Podge allowing it to dry thoroughly before each coat.  I did one coat horizontally, the next vertically and so on until I had four coats done.

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Once the front was sealed, I did 4 coats of modge podge on the back in the same way as before.

Et voila!

Now to get my hands on some butter beer mugs.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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Christmas tea towel art – a tutorial…kind of

Primark was selling the cutest Christmas tea towels and at £1.20 they were a steal that I just couldn’t resist.   However, I hate cotton tea towels.  They aren’t as absorbent as their terry cloth counterparts.  No, I had other plans for these lovely festive tea towels and I am so pleased with how they turned out.

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It was so easy this can’t even be called a tutorial because it was so easy.  All I did was set a plain hem in the top of the tea towel large enough to slide a dowel rod through.  That’s it!  Easy huh?

 *please excuse the text it was from my old blog before we changed to The swish family Robertson *

Bright blessings,

 Mama R

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My favourite Harry Potter craft resources – part 2

I’d forgotten how much I love the world of Harry Potter.  Since rediscovering how much I love it, I have been pinning like crazy on my Harry Potter Pinterest board. I hadn’t realised how much cool HP stuff there is out there and I’m loving it!  My only problem is tryign to figure out what to craft first.  I’ve been trying to figure out my favourite bits to tell you about but it’s been hard!  But here we go!

Free digital scrapbooking kits:

Antoinette’s Designs for each of the Hogwarts houses  and for Hogwarts itself are just fabulous and best of all they are free! Click on the pictures to go to her site to download.

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More free printables:

I don’t know about you but I can’t resist a free printable, especially when it’s as cute as some of these!

Sugar tot Designs printable is too cute not to frame for a party.

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These potion labels by Over the big moon are so realistic looking when decorating old bottles for a party or maybe even a potter swap.

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Harry Potter Crafts:

 If you’re having a party, it just wouldn’t be right not to invite these guys.  Check them out at Over the Big Moon

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This Gryffindor inspired wreath can be found on Etsy at Pickypickypeacock’s shop.  You could of course take inspiration from it and try to create your own in your favourite house colours.

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I could go on forever but I think I’ll resist and perhaps there’ll be another post on Harry Potter crafts someday!

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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My favourite Harry Potter craft resources – part 1

In case you hadn’t noticed by the Harry Potter party I threw in 2009, I am a Potter Geek.  I won’t all myself the biggest Potter fan of all but I’m up there.   And today, since I’ve been scouring the internet for Potter crafts I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.

Printables:

Just Sweet and Simple has created the most amazing printables for her Harry Potter Party.

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She’s created everything from these gorgeous invitations

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to food labels and even fantastic Hogwarts House banners

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And best of all?  They’re FREE to download here!

Sweets:

No Harry Potter crafts post would be complete without some Honeydukes sweet printables.  Who doesn’t like sweets, right?

While the Honeydukes slab of chocolate pic I saw didn’t have a printable, it would be pretty easy to recreate on your computer.

You simply must have Bertie Botts every flavour beans if you’re a sweet fan, and The Come and Go room has a fabulous free printable template for you to print out.  Just so you know, the Come and Go Room also has some amazing Harry Potter Crafts ideas and tutorials.

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And what about chocolate frogs?  The Come and Go Room has those too!  Click on the picture in her blog post for a free printable.

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Don’t you just love friendly folks who share wonderful resources on the net?  I certainly do!

 Fonts:

You can download all the Harry Potter fonts here

 Sewing:

Now I do a lot of cooking and always need an apron.  So the best gift ever would be a fantastic apron!  And here it is in all it’s awesomeness!  Bakingdom has the tutorial and also some of the most amazing tutorials and recipes for Harry Potter Crafts.  Go check her out!

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Every Potter Geek has to have a robe, so here‘s a free tutorial

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That’s all I have time for today, but I’ll be back soon with another installment!

Happy Crafting!

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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