Friday, October 18, 2013

Harry Potter Printable Spell Books - Sew and No-Sew Version

The only thing more fun than a magic wand, is having a spell book to go with it, so you can cast all the best spells.  Now you can make your own.
(You can see more about the Ginny Weasley Golden Snitch Skirt here.)

These spell books were really popular at Katie's birthday party earlier this year...and I was surprised to realize I'd never posted the links to the tutorial and printable I used for them.

The kids got to try them out during the party and then take them home as part of their favors.


There was no reason to reinvent the wheel, when Larissa at Just Another Day in Paradise had already put up an excellent tutorial and provided the printable.  You can find Larissa's Printable Harry Potter Spell Books here with the tutorial for assembling the books as well.

There were just a couple things I did differently.  I used some inexpensive ribbon instead of felt for the place holder.  (Although truthfully, you could leave them out entirely and the kids would still love them.

I also replaced Larissa's front cover with image from the printable spell book available from Dirt and Sunshine.  Dirt and Sunshine also has a lot of other fun free Harry Potter Printables, including the one we used for our Platform 9 3/4 sign.

It also occurred to me as I was making some new spell books to go with the kids Halloween costumes this year, that some of you might prefer a no-sew option, so I tried it out and I'm happy to report it works really well.  If you'd prefer the sewn version of these, check out Larissa's tutorial.

I just printed the pages out as normal.  Then I stapled the pages together.  If you have a book stapler, you could avoid wrinkling the pages, but I wasn't too worried.

Since the staples on the back of the spine will be hidden I put the "nice" side of the staple in the middle of the book...

..and the "ugly" side of the staple on the back.

Then I pulled out the glue gun.  I added the ribbon/bookmark first with a tab of hot glue.

Then I laid down my book pages where I wanted them to be in the center of my cover.  I put a thick line of hot glue right next to the spine.

Then closed the book up for a minute or so while the glue cooled.

And it was done.  The downside to this technique is that the pages get a bit wrinkled and the book doesn't lay flat quite as well.

But the upside is that it's a lot faster (even for me who's good at sewing) and it doesn't require a sewing machine.


I have lots of Harry Potter inspired gifts and fun things in my shop.  The selection is always changing.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PiecesByPolly?section_id=14186184&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

See these links for more details about other Harry Potter themed crafts we've done...and be sure to check back because I'll be adding more as I get them written up.

Harry Potter Party Overview


 


 Hedwig Necklace
 

 Harry Potter Potions Ornaments
  
Harry Potter Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil



Easy Harry Potter Wands 


Printable Hogwarts Library Book Plates

Printable Harry Potter Valentines


Easy Harry Potter (Hogwarts) House Scarves


Golden Snitch Necklace

Golden Snitch Cupcakes
 


Ron Weasley "I'm a Keeper" Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil
 

Ginny Weasley's Golden Snitch Skirt
 
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Boy Version)
 
DIY Quidditch Association Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil (Girl Version)
 
Harry Potter Wizard Robe in 15 Minutes from a T-shirt
 

Harry Potter Family Themed Costumes
 

Harry Potter Inspired Charm Ornaments
 


Harry Potter Printable Spell Books
 http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2013/10/harry-potter-printable-spell-books-sew.html

Harry Potter Printable Dementor Themed Chocolate Bar Wrappers Books
  http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2014/01/harry-potter-valentine-printable.html



The Hermione Skirt
 http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2013/10/harry-potter-printable-spell-books-sew.html
Dementor's Kiss-Away Free Printable Party Favor or Valentine
 http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2013/10/harry-potter-printable-spell-books-sew.html

DIY Hogwarts Robe for 18-inch Doll
 http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2013/10/harry-potter-printable-spell-books-sew.html

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3 comments:

  1. Hi! I am IN LOVE with your project!! I am a huge huge huge Harry Potter fan and I absolutely love everything you've made.

    I'm hosting a Holiday Extravaganza blog party and I'm offering guest posts to some of my favorite bloggers and I'd love to have you -- I love your style and your tutorials are awesome! I would love love love to have anything Harry Potter holiday related and I would really love to work with you!

    It's a great way to get your name out there to a brand new audience without spending any money. Here's some more info http://rukristin.com/blog/holidayextravaganza/holidayguest/. Thanks so much for your time!

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  2. I am having a Harry Potter party for my kids and love all of your ideas! Would love to have you share this at our Super Saturday Link Party!

    Deb
    http://www.madefrompinterest.net/2013/10/super-saturday-link-party-15/

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  3. great idea! I love Harry Potter and I'm waiting my baby daughter grows up to play with her & HP characters!

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