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How to Make a Golden Snitch From Harry Potter

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Alyssa loves creating unique decor items from everyday household materials. She is a wife and mom who drinks copious amounts of coffee.

A homemade golden snitch

A homemade golden snitch

DIY Golden Snitch Creation

Reading has always been one of my favorite activities. When I was little, my summer vacations were spent browsing the shelves at the library, toting armfuls of books home, and losing myself in fantastical worlds. It was about 23 years ago that a good friend suggested I read Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. I instantly fell in love. At the time, only the first three books were published. I spent subsequent years impatiently waiting for each new release, begging my parents to preorder each novel.

My love of Harry Potter has never wavered and it's a special delight to be able to share this world with my son. For me, Harry Potter never gets old or boring, and I'm just as excited about the Fantastic Beasts movies. With National Book Lover's Day coming up, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to create a golden snitch.

This was a surprisingly easy craft and it looks great on my bookshelf!

Bring a little magic to your home this season by making one yourself.

Materials Needed

  • Old book pages
  • A golf ball
  • Floral wire
  • Modge Podge
  • Pure Gold Acrylic paint
  • Sharpie Marker in Metallic Bronze
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutters
Materials needed

Materials needed

Getting Started

1. Select a book page. I chose one that was mostly blank. Decide which side of the page you want to face outward. Flip your page over and apply a thin layer of Modge Podge down the center.

2. Holding your golf ball in one hand, paint a thin layer of Modge Podge on the ball between your fingers.

3. Place the golf ball on the page and slowly roll it along the strip of Modge Podge, covering the ball in paper. Stop when the entire ball is covered, trimming the excess strip.

4. Smooth out any bumps. Cut two slits along the side and trim off the bottom piece of paper. Apply Modge Podge to the remaining paper and the golf ball. Smooth the paper down to cover the side of the ball. Repeat this step on the other side. Apply Modge Podge to any pieces sticking out. Let your ball dry.

Make the feathers

5. Pick a book page and cut it in half. Put the pieces together and trim off the page number and any headings. You should be left with two pages of text that are the same size.

6. Place the pages on top of each other, lining up the edges. Cut out a feather shape.

7. Keeping the pages on top of each other, fold them in half lengthwise. Trim off the excess paper to make them identical.

8. Unfold and separate the two feather pages.

9. Take a piece of floral wire and poke it through the bottom of one of your feathers, about an inch from the bottom. Push the wire through so that the top point of the wire is about an inch from the top of your feather. Run a thin bead of hot glue along the wire to secure it to your feather. Repeat this step with the other feather.

Final Touches

10. Paint the ball and the feathers with a layer of Pure Gold. Be sure to also paint the wire on your feathers. Let the paint dry and apply a second coat if desired.

11. Once the feathers are completely dry, it's time to make them look more realistic. Flip one feather over so that the back, the side with the wire glued, is facing you. About an inch or so up from where you pushed the wire through is where you want to start making your little cuts. Vary the length and width of each cut all the way up to about an inch or so from the top. Repeat on the other side of the feather. Then, repeat this entire step on your second feather.

12. Flip one feather over and gently bend your cuts up toward you. If you'd like, cut out a few pieces to give your feather a more realistic look. Repeat this step on the other feather.

13. Once you're happy with how your feathers look, gently bend each one in half around the wire.

14. Arrange your feathers on your ball. Secure them with hot glue.

15. Trim off excess wire.

16. Touch up any spots with gold paint.

17. For the final touch, take a bronze Sharpie marker and lightly edge your feathers to give them a little dimension and interest. Add three lines around the ball if you'd like.

18. Display your golden snitch next to your Harry Potter book collection!

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