A Quick and Easy Harry Potter Craft: Paper Silhouette Pictures

Updated on May 27, 2019
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Adele has been a youth services librarian for 22 years, and a Harry Potter fan for 18 years.

Make a Harry Potter Silhouette Picture
Make a Harry Potter Silhouette Picture

Making a Harry Potter Silhouette Picture

I’ve always loved the look of silhouettes, and this is one of the quickest and most inexpensive ways I know to add a little Harry Potter décor to your walls.

All you need is a couple of pieces of black paper, some white paper, a copy of a page from a Harry Potter book, and one of the printable templates you can get by clicking the orange link you can find further down in this article.

This is a project that it easily adaptable for a large group, such as in a classroom or library. You can provide the papers, cut to size, and have them choose a silhouette to cut out.

Or, if you have a die-cut machine, you can cut out several shapes from black paper and have them available for the pictures. I’ve done this project with groups of 300 using silhouettes made with a die-cut machine.

The silhouettes I've used for my templates have come from Pixabay.

Items Needed for One Picture:

  • 1 piece thick black paper (card stock), 8.5” X 11”
  • 2 pieces thick white paper (card stock), 5” X 11”
  • 1 page from Harry Potter book (you can make a color copy, or take a page from a damaged book)
  • Printable template for the silhouette you’d like (see the template link below in this article)
  • Craft knife (I think the X-acto #2 works particularly well for getting into small areas.)
  • Scissors, or you can use the craft knife
  • Cardboard, or cutting mat if you are going to use the craft knife to cut out the silhouette
  • Glue (You can use glue sticks for a quick craft, or if you would like your picture to last a long time, use acid-free scrap booking glue. I’ve had good luck with this Glue Pen. It’s quick, and you can glue around curves and in small areas.)

Tips for Materials

If you’d like your picture to last a long time, choose paper that is acid-free, such as scrap booking paper.

I work in a library and have a steady supply of Harry Potter books with damaged covers or broken spines, so I cut the pages out with a hobby knife. Sometimes you can get books pretty inexpensively at a used book store so that you can get a page. Or, you can make a color copy of one of the pages of a Harry Potter book you own. I like to make color copies because then you can get some of the color of the original page, rather than just black and white. The hardback books work the best since the pages are bigger.

Here's What the Templates Look Like

If you click on the orange link below, it will take to you a pdf file of all the templates. There you will see the templates for each of the silhouettes available: doe, cat, wolf, owl, stag, unicorn, and dragon.

This index sheet shows what each of the templates looks like. To get the free printable templates, click on the orange link below.
This index sheet shows what each of the templates looks like. To get the free printable templates, click on the orange link below.

1. Trim the white paper to 6.5 inches wide by 9.5 inches long and glue to black paper.

This piece of paper will form a white border, like a mat around the book page. Center it, and glue it to the black paper.

Center the white paper on the black and glue. The black becomes your frame, and the white becomes your mat.
Center the white paper on the black and glue. The black becomes your frame, and the white becomes your mat.

2. Cut the page from the book, trim, and glue to white paper.

Trim the page to 5.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches high. Center it on the white paper and glue it.

A craft knife works best for cutting pages from books. This book had a broken spine and pages were falling out, so I'm using it for a craft. (I wouldn't cut up a book that was still in good shape!)
A craft knife works best for cutting pages from books. This book had a broken spine and pages were falling out, so I'm using it for a craft. (I wouldn't cut up a book that was still in good shape!)
Trim the book page so the edges are even and glue it to the center of the white paper.
Trim the book page so the edges are even and glue it to the center of the white paper.

3. Click on the template link, choose the page you want, and set your printer to print that page.

Click on the following link: Silhouette Templates

Determine which page you would like to print. Set up your printer to print only that page. Print the template you've chosen onto white card stock.

4. Cut out the silhouette and the box around its accompanying word.

If you are using a craft knife, remember to place a piece of cardboard or a cutting mat underneath the paper you are cutting.

If you would like an even darker silhouette, you can use this page as a pattern and cut the silhouette from black paper.

The unicorn and dragon have lots of small pieces and curlicues from their hair and scales. Feel free to simplify and cut straight shapes instead of all the detail. If you like the fine detail, it's easier to use a craft knife to cut them out.

Print the template you've chosen onto card stock. Then, cut it out using a craft knife or pair of scissors.
Print the template you've chosen onto card stock. Then, cut it out using a craft knife or pair of scissors.

5. Center the silhouette on the book page and glue it. Glue the word underneath.

This is where the glue pen comes in handy since it lets you pinpoint small amounts of glue for things like antlers. Play around with it a little bit on a scrap piece of paper so you can get a feel for how much pressure you need to put on it to get the right amount of glue.

Once your silhouette is cut, flip it over and apply the glue.
Once your silhouette is cut, flip it over and apply the glue.
Glue the silhouette to the center of the book page. Then glue the word you cut out beneath it.
Glue the silhouette to the center of the book page. Then glue the word you cut out beneath it.

Yay! You're finished!

If you'd like to frame your picture, you can find an 8.5" X 11" document frame at craft stores. See below for some examples of finished pictures I've scanned in.

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This is one of the simpler shapes to cut: a cat in honor of Minerva McGonagall.The doe is for Severus Snape and Lily Potter.The dragon can be tricky to cut. I simplified it just a little.The quote is from Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.Here's another one that's simple to cut: Harry's owl, Hedwig.The stag: Patronus for Harry and his father.The unicorn is also tricky to cut. I simplified it a little on the forelocks.
This is one of the simpler shapes to cut: a cat in honor of Minerva McGonagall.
This is one of the simpler shapes to cut: a cat in honor of Minerva McGonagall.
The doe is for Severus Snape and Lily Potter.
The doe is for Severus Snape and Lily Potter.
The dragon can be tricky to cut. I simplified it just a little.The quote is from Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The dragon can be tricky to cut. I simplified it just a little.The quote is from Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Here's another one that's simple to cut: Harry's owl, Hedwig.
Here's another one that's simple to cut: Harry's owl, Hedwig.
The stag: Patronus for Harry and his father.
The stag: Patronus for Harry and his father.
The unicorn is also tricky to cut. I simplified it a little on the forelocks.
The unicorn is also tricky to cut. I simplified it a little on the forelocks.

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