3 Fun Harry Potter Crafts: A Keychain, a Bookmark, and a Howler

Updated on May 26, 2018
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Deborah is a craft enthusiast. She particularly enjoys creating crafts with a special theme.

Do You Like Harry Potter?

I definitely am a Harry Potter fan. If you want to try a few fun crafts inspired by the book series, try these to make a part of the magical story!

1. Harry Potter Keychain

Hogwarts house ties!
Hogwarts house ties!

The Harry Potter house tie has become a fandom favorite. It is striped with the color of one of the Hogwarts houses and is found in costumes and accessories. This DIY house tie keychain is a little reminder of which house you could be sorted into.

A Reminder of House Colors:

  • Gryffindor: Red and gold

  • Slytherin: Green and silver

  • Ravenclaw: Blue and bronze

  • Hufflepuff: Yellow and Black

What You'll Need:

  • Polymer clay
  • Jewelry chain
  • Key ring
  • Paint

You can choose any house you wish for this craft. I chose Gryffindor colors to use as an example.

Use Polymer clay to shape the tie. You may use colored Polymer clay to match house color of your choice.
Use Polymer clay to shape the tie. You may use colored Polymer clay to match house color of your choice.

1. Shape the Clay

Shape the polymer clay into the shape of a tie. You can make it your desired size, but make sure it's small enough to fit on a keychain. Be sure to make a hole in the top corner with a safety pin.

2. Heat the Clay

Bake the polymer clay according to the instructions on the package.

This step is optional: apply Mod Podge  over painted tie.
This step is optional: apply Mod Podge over painted tie.

3. Paint the Tie

Paint your tie according to the house colors. Do this in a diagonal stripe pattern.

Attach chain to tie with wire. I used gold wire.
Attach chain to tie with wire. I used gold wire.

4. Attach the Chain

Attach the chain to the tie. I used gold wire to attach the chain to the small hole. Slip the key ring in the last link of the little chain.

Apply hot glue to the wire on the back of key chain. This also buffers the sharp points of the wire.
Apply hot glue to the wire on the back of key chain. This also buffers the sharp points of the wire.

5. Make a Buffer

Apply hot glue to the wire on the back of the keychain. This will help buffer the sharp points of the wire!

2. Harry Potter Bookmark

What You'll Need:

  • Cardstock paper
  • Colored markers
  • Silver metallic marker

I will be using Slytherin house colors for this example.

Cut a piece of grey cardstock 7 by 2 inches.
Cut a piece of grey cardstock 7 by 2 inches.

1. Cut the Paper

Cut a piece of cardstock paper 7 inches by 2 inches.

Lightly draw lines and shape of snake with pencil first.
Lightly draw lines and shape of snake with pencil first.
Fill in with black marker.
Fill in with black marker.

2. Draw the Lines

Draw measured green and black lines that are one centimeter apart. Draw the snake with the black marker. You may use paint, but do not make it too watery to avoid warping the cardstock paper.

Apply green where needed, on lines and around snake. Fill in empty lines with silver marker. It may be a glitter or shiny silver marker.
Apply green where needed, on lines and around snake. Fill in empty lines with silver marker. It may be a glitter or shiny silver marker.

3. Add Silver

Fill in the remaining space with a silver marker. I chose a glitter marker, but the silver shine looks just as Slytherin-like. Draw green curves around the snake.

The perfect addition to the Harry Potter book series.
The perfect addition to the Harry Potter book series.

3. The Howler

How can any Harry Potter fan forget the Howler with Ronald Weasley's special message?

What You'll Need:

  • Red and white felt
  • Red button
  • Thread and needle
  • Red ribbon
  • Glue gun

Ronald Weasley's Howler.
Ronald Weasley's Howler.

1. Cut the Felt

Cut a piece of red felt that is 12 inches by 7 inches in size.

Cut a piece of red felt that is 7 by 12 inches.
Cut a piece of red felt that is 7 by 12 inches.
Glue along the sides of the piece of felt, leaving top and bottom free to slip something through.
Glue along the sides of the piece of felt, leaving top and bottom free to slip something through.

2. Cut More Felt

Cut a piece of red felt that is 4.5 inches by 7 inches. Glue gun it to the bottom middle of the first piece.

Cut top edge in shape of envelope.
Cut top edge in shape of envelope.

3. Shape the Felt

Cut the top of the felt into the shape of an envelope.

Hot glue ribbon on front of envelope.
Hot glue ribbon on front of envelope.

4. Glue the Ribbon

Glue the red ribbon to the felt.

Glue ribbon onto the back as well. Run ribbon to the front of the bottom half of envelope and glue.
Glue ribbon onto the back as well. Run ribbon to the front of the bottom half of envelope and glue.
Glue pieces of ribbon on front of envelope.
Glue pieces of ribbon on front of envelope.

5. Cut the Details

Cut two pieces of one-inch-long ribbon. Cut points on one end of each piece. Thenm hot glue them to the front of the envelope.

Glue white felt onto the inside of the bottom edge of envelope.
Glue white felt onto the inside of the bottom edge of envelope.
Glue white pieces of felt onto the inside of the top edges of envelope.
Glue white pieces of felt onto the inside of the top edges of envelope.

6. Create the Teeth

Cut a piece of white felt in the shape of teeth and glue it on the inside of the bottom edge of the envelope.

Glue piece of red ribbon on the inside. Cut points on the ends of ribbon.
Glue piece of red ribbon on the inside. Cut points on the ends of ribbon.

7. Glue the Ribbon

Glue a piece of red ribbon on the inside of the envelope.

Choose a large red button to give effect. Sew the button onto the front of envelope. I used black yarn, but thread will work just fine.
Choose a large red button to give effect. Sew the button onto the front of envelope. I used black yarn, but thread will work just fine.

8. Sew a Button

Sew a red button onto the top flap.

Glue black hair tie onto the bottom flap, so that the envelope can be closed.
Glue black hair tie onto the bottom flap, so that the envelope can be closed.

9. Add a Fastener

Glue a black hair tie onto the bottom flap.

You may send someone a message with the howler. Hopefully it will be much more polite than Ronald Weasley's letter.
You may send someone a message with the howler. Hopefully it will be much more polite than Ronald Weasley's letter.

10. You're Done!

Now you can close the Howler! You can place a piece of paper inside.

That’s it for now! Have fun in the magical world of Harry Potter.

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        Louise Powles 

        5 months ago from Norfolk, England

        There's some really good ideas there. I like the bookmarks. I may make one for myself as I'm always reading!

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