(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.
..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.
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.
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