DIY Expecto Patronum Bath Bombs

Love Harry Potter and a relaxing bath? Well these DIY Expecto Patronum bath bomb are just what the doctor ordered!

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I'm a Lush addict but the price tag on the fancy bath fizzles umm no thanks. So I finally decided to make my own and of course I couldn't do just any old bath bombs I had to do Harry Potter ones. I made three versions in all but these first ones are supposed to represent the Expecto Patronum spell.

DIY Expecto Patronum Harry Potter Bath Bombs

In the books and movies this charm is used for protection. Your patronus  appears in an animal form and can help fight off various dangers. A witch or wizard doesn't get to pick their patronus it just is.

Harry Potter Surprise Bath Bombs Patronus

So when you place this star covered bath bomb in the tub it glitters and fizzes with power and reveals a hidden animal bead signifying your patronus. FUN right!?

How to Make a Harry Potter Patronus Bath Bombs

1). Combine Wet Ingredients
  • 3/4 tsp water
  • 2tsp essential oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp coconut oil, melted
2). Combine Dry Ingredients Note: I combined the colorings after I mixed the other ingredients but I think it would work better to add it to the wet ingredients but I was noncommittal on colors before ;) 3). SLOWLY add the wet ingredients to the dry. Drop by drop. And mix. Mixing with hands works better. Divide up and color as desired

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4). Place a small amount of edible stars into one half of the bath bomb mold. 5). Fill mold. Press to pack down and fill more so it's mounding over the top. Place a small animal figurine, bead or other "patronus" onto the mound. Just make sure the patronus is big enough if won't go down the drain.

6). Fill the other half of the mold so it is packed and overflowing. Smoosh together and twist so that the excess presses out through the center. Press time. If you have extra molds let it sit in the mold to dry for a few minutes or until fully dry. If you don't have extras then carefully remove the bath bomb and repeat the steps until you use up your mixture. I find that when I take time to color and change the designs by my very last bath bomb it's dry and has a hard time holding but the rest until then do great.

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Are you loving this year's Happy Harry Potter series as much as I am? Don't forget about the giveaway!

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Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click here if the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including: Want More? See hundreds of Harry Potter recipes, craft ideas and more from years of the series and more!

Crafty Harry Potter awesomeness. Hundreds of free tutorials, sewing patters, recipes, party ideas, book recommendations and more for Harry Potter fans.

Happy Harry Potter Days 1 + 2

From butter beer treats and fantastic beasts, the first two days of Happy Harry Potter have not disappointed!

Snitch Cookies Luna Radish Earrings more Creative harry potter tutorials

Did you catch the amazing Wizarding DIYs? If not no worries because I have all the goodness from the first couple days right here!

DIY Luna Lovegood earrings

Do you have a love for Luna? Well you've got to check out this super simple Luna Lovegood Radish Earrings tutorial from Our Kerrazy Adventure. They are darling I need a pair in my Potter costume stash (yes I DO have one of those).

Turn a ready made bag into a DIYHarry Potter Tote

Up next is one of my favorite sewing ladies and boy mammas! Stacey from Beatnik Kids made this crazy cute Harry Potter tote bag. The best part is that she uses a ready made bag so it's easy peasy.

Golden Snitch Cookie TUtorial

Our favorite cookie artist is back in the house and this batch is stunning. Sweet Jenny Belle Bakery made the most gorgeous golden snitch cookies tutorial complete with a video! You guys I'm so trying this.

Magical Beasts and How to Make Them

Did you love Fantastic Beasts as much as me? Well this post from Me and My Inklings is jam packed full of beastly magic. You've got tutorials and patterns for how to make many Fantastic Beasts and a printable Wizarding coloring page and Fantastic beast word search. FUN right!?

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I lost count on the number of Harry Potter shirts I have years ago and yes I'm wearing one as I type, but I think I need to make one of these Harry Potter Book lists shirts ASAP!

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And don't forget about the giveaway! Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click here if the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including: Want More? See all my Harry Potter recipes, craft ideas and more from years of the series and more!

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Happy Harry Potter 2017 Kick Off Giveaway

It's time once again for my most favorite two weeks of the year: my Happy Harry Potter series! This is the time where I convince my wizard loving friends to get geeky and create brand new Harry Potter tutorials, party ideas, book lists, recipes and more.

Harry Potter gift ideas. Great Christmas and birthday presents for Harry Potter fans

We have an amazing line up this year but before we get to all the new DIY Harry Potter ideas I've got a fabulous giveaway for you. This is full of must have gift ideas for Harry Potter fans of all ages! To enter scroll to the bottom of this post and remember to check in every day since we'll have new ways to enter added through the next two weeks! We're starting off with a $50 Amazon Gift card because well there's so much amazing HP stuff out there these days that I want you to be able to pick! Whether you are waiting for the Illustrated Prisoner of Azkaban, or maybe you want your very own Harry Potter bathing suit, or just a Potter trivia to play while on the go there is something fun for everyone. Harry Potter swag fun Make Love Not Horcruxes bag and Hogwarts House necklaces Next I'm giving away one of my Make Love Not Horcruxes Totes and a Hogwarts Tie Necklace. For the necklace you can pick which Hogwarts House you want and I'll make sure to make one in the colors that corresponds to your house!

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On Wednesday I'll be sharing one of my favorite gift ideas for Harry Potter fans: fandom subscription boxes! Because what is better than a monthly surprise on your doorstep. Whether it's book related or full on Harry Potter focused CrateJoy subscription boxes have LOADS of fun option that would delight Potter fans. I'll be unboxing a bunch of them live on my Facebook page and picking some of the contents to send to the giveaway winner!

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I firmly believe every Harry Potter fan needs some nod towards the magic in their homes. What better way to do that than with some Wizarding art? Here are four amazing Harry Potter Printables to chose from and the lucky winner doesn't even have to choose how about that for fun.

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by jamie Harrington

Did you know there is a whole craft book just for Potterheads? Jamie Harrington's The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is fun and perfect for tweens to do on their own or pick a craft as a family and bond over crafty magical love. This is one of my favorite gifts for new Potter lovers because it's so fun, not sized and kind of unique!

Hogwarts School Quilt for Harry Potter Fans

And last and definitely the most awesome, the winner will receive a Harry Potter quilt from our vary own Polly. You have probably drooled over her quilt for years, I know I have. She is generously giving away one of her amazing Hogwarts Houses quilts! SO gorgeous. Too bad I can't enter I'm gonna be crazy jealous of the winner that's for sure! And if you are a quilter be sure to check out her amazing quilt patterns.

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Enter to win this amazing prize pack by using the widget below or click here if the widget isn't loading. Make sure to check back as new ways to enter will be added throughout the series! a Rafflecopter giveaway This year's Happy Harry Potter giveaway winner will give a fun package including:  

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Crafts Party Ideas and Block Party

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Do I Need an Interactive Harry Potter Wand?

When I didn't think they could make the Wizarding World of Harry Potter any better they go and completely blow my mind with the extension and interactive Harry Potter wands!

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You know how we've ALL practiced Wingardiun Leviosa? Well picture that but you actually see the the feather floating into the air after you swish and flick. But really you can see it in my video below! Universal Orlando was seriously my happy place before but guys the interactive wands are a game changer.

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Are the Wands at Universal Worth It?

But you might be wondering, are the wands actually worth the cost? And to that I say a resounding YES. Last year when I went to Universal Studios Orlando with my family we all got wands. And I brought mine back with me this year. There was just something magical about having our own wizarding right hands. But it's not just a wonderful souvenir of a great vacation, we were immediate able to USE the wands to magnify our fun. Do the wand ceremony in Olivander's it's WAY fun and really cute.
 

What Do the Wands Do?

You see all around the Wizarding World both in Hogesmede and in Diagon Alley there are medallions on the floor. These let  you know that it is a spot to cast a charm. Engraved on the medallions are the incantation to use as well as directions for how to move your wand. The exact position and speed can take some practice but once you get it you can watch your spell change things. Also there are some secret ones that you can find (ask the staff if you need clues of where to look). For Harry Potter fans young and old it's worth while to carve out a chunk of the day to go to each spot and casts the spells. It's super fun. One of the best things about the Wizarding World is the 360 degree angles of awesomeness. EVERYWHERE you look, in every direction, your immersed in the magic. And when you add the wands to the mix you all of a sudden become an active participant.

Can't make it to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter right now. No worries tour it through pictures while you get excited for when you can really be there!

I've said it before but the attention to detail is incredible and each of the magical displays show different fun scenes and peeks into the world so many of us have brought into our hearts through the books and movies. If you have not had the honor of visiting the Wizarding World at Universal Orlando I'm telling you it's worth saving up for. 100% guys make it happen. For a bit of eye candy you can see my photo tour of the Wizarding World and if you want a video tour check out my videos I took while walking through Diagon Alley and Hogsmede on my most recent trip. It really is amazing.

all about wands at the wizarding world of harry potter

Which Wand Should You Get?

Now you might be curious about some muggle facts about the wands. The wands are stunning and there are a variety of styles and sizes. You can buy the wands styled after those that your favorite characters carried. I think my favorite character wands is Luna's SOOOO pretty. In addition to charter wands there are generic ones. Generic in the sense that they aren't styled or attached to a witch or wizard from the stories. I opted for one of those. I just felt like it was more MY WAND that way. But they are all special in their own ways. While we all know that the wand choses the wizard and all you might want to consider the size of your want when you purchase it. Remember you'll be carrying them around the park when you're not using them and if you're like me you'll want to lug the protective box it comes with just "in case". I picked out a wand I loved but it happened to be one of the longer ones and it was definitely trickier to fit into the lockers with the rest of my stuff when I was going on the roller coasters. A few times I had to get two lockers. On this last trip I was gifted with one of the smaller wands and that was so much easier to carry around and stash when I was ready to ride. Just something to keep in mind.

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I would encourage you as you are planning for your trip to the Wizarding World make sure to work into your budget buying the wands even if your whole family shares one it will make the magic even more real and memorable. There's just something so fun about casting the charms yourself and working together as a family to see what the different spells do.

cabana bay beach resort

I feel like the most blessed girl ever to have been hosted on this last trip. It was the best mix of work and pleasure. We spent the first half of the days talking shop while working at the gorgeous retro Cabana Bay Beach Resort which made me feel like I was transported straight into the Jetsons cartoon world.  As a perk for staying in a park hotel we got park passes with early admission. It was so awesome to have such a comfy place to come back and crash at after our jammed packed afternoon and evenings in the park and at City Walk. I think I'll have to write a whole post about this place because it was so cute and I can't wait to go back!

Squatty Potty Unicorn gold

I brought home my very first Squatty Potty which I didn't even know I needed (but now we can't imagine living without!) as well as unicorn gold which I'll be giving to all the men for Father's Day. The stuff is seriously magic. Every time we use a public bathroom now Teddy tells me I should buy a bottle for them and just leave it there hahahaha. We got to drive around in style thanks to the folks at Kia. And my oh my was that a snazzy ride! And of course I am so grateful to have gone with such an amazing bunch of blogger friends who thankfully loved Harry Potter as much as I did and never rushed me through the magic.

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Need to know what to eat on your next trip? I've got you covered, my foodie family ate so much yumminess when we visited  Universal Orlando and I took tons of pictures and shared the lowdown of the best places to eat at Universal Orlando!

Geek Crafts DIY Tutorials and Block Party

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DIY Star Wars and Block Party

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Lots of awesome diy Star Wars projects and tutorials
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Comic Con Cosplay Etiquette 101

Comic Cons are some of the best people watching there is but there are some things that you should know before Photographing and Taking Video of Cosplayers.

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If you are a costume enthusiast like me you might find yourself giddy to be surrounded by all the amazing cosplay creativity that comes with con life. I'm not going to lie my absolute favorite parts of conventions is the cosplay. Whether it's the variety of Salt Lake Comic Con or the video game focus of PAX I just adore seeing all the amazing DIY costumes. While most cosplayers are flattered by the attention that their costumes bring, there are few things to keep in mind so that, in the midst of your excitement over seeing your favorite character from that obscure-but-awesome fandom come to life, you don't accidentally cross any lines.

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  1. Always ask before taking pictures or videos. Most cosplayers are more than willing to pose for a picture, but make sure you ask permission before clicking that shutter.
  2. Respect the person in the costume. While it might be normal to throw an arm around your friends in photos, don't assume that's okay when posing for pictures with cosplayers. Sometimes the contact might damage their costume and, more than that, they are strangers - you've got to ask before touching strangers. If you want to put your arm around their shoulders or waist, ask first. Under no circumstance is it appropriate to try to touch a cosplayer inappropriately. Make sure to stay away from private areas. If their costume has patches of exposed skin, be extra considerate. And finally, if they don't say yes, that means no.
  3. Don't touch the costumes or props. Sometimes in the excitement over the awesomeness of a costume it might be easy to forget that there is someone in that thing. If the costume is oh-so-amazing and you're oh-so-curious about how something feels, do not try to sneak a touch. Oftentimes, costumes are more delicate than they look and some people just do not want to be touched even if it's through layers of gear. Politely ask if it's okay and respect their answer.
  4. Consider your timing. Cons are long and everyone - including cosplayers - needs to take breaks to eat and run to the bathroom. If they are sitting down for a bite, heading for the restroom, or talking on the phone, be patient and, if possible, wait for them to finish and ask them politely if they have time for a picture.
  5. Watch the flow of traffic. There will be a lot of people so when you do take a photo (after asking permission), step to the side so you're not smack in the middle of everyone else's way or blocking an emergency exit.
  6. Don't jump into someone else's picture. No one wants to show their friends pictures of themselves, that awesome cosplayer and that jerk of a stranger that forced himself into the shot. It takes time to get a good picture and there will often be a line of people wanting to get a picture with popular cosplayers. Don't just butt in. Wait your turn.
  7. Be nice. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. If you don't like the character that the cosplayer is dressed up as, you don't need to announce it. Skip any hateful talk, even if you think it's a playful joke. Hearing hateful comments (even if it's addressed to the character) can get old fast. Please don't criticize their costume, how it looks on them, how accurate it is or how it's made. Everyone comes with different abilities and experience and, in the end, this is about having fun.
  8. Don't go all crazy. Control your excitement.You are a stranger and even though you might interpret your own behavior as appreciation or excitement, screaming and running up to someone you don't know might just make the person terrified.
  9. Be extra mindful of kids. When kids are involved, keep all of the above tips in mind - times 10. Whether it's kids in cosplay or just nearby, be careful not to come on too aggressively in a way that might scare them. Of course, do not touch them. Kids in costume can be super cute, but always ask permission from their parents or the adult that is with them before taking their picture.
  10. Report inappropriate behavior. Finally, if you see a cosplayer being harassed or endangered, please report it.

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I originally posted this on the Salt Lake Comic Con blog. You also might like:

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DIY Quilts and Blanket Tutorials and Block Party

Here in my part of central Washington it's been below freezing for WEEKS...and we've got more snow coming down today.  All I want to do is curl up in a quilt with a mug of hot cocoa until it warms up a little.  So I thought I'd share some quilty inspiration, especially since lots of us are getting back to some of our bigger quilt ambitions since the holidays are over.
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Happy Harry Potter Series: Days 7 + 8

Oh you guys do I have an AMAZING collection of Harry Potter Crafts and Recipes to share with you today.

Awesome unique Harry Potter crafts, recipes and DIY projects

The projects from Happy Harry Potter Days 7 and 8 are top notch. A lot of these gals have been joining us every single year since the very first series and the newbies have totally brought their best projects. I hope you love them as much as I did! Luna Lovegood Embroidery Hoop Art and More Harry Potter Craft Tutorials and Recipes Just when you think Bev from Flamingo Toes can't come up with anything cuter, she totally outdoes herself! How amazing is this Luna Lovegood Embroidery Art?! Ahhh I love it sooo much I really need to finally learn how to embroider.

Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies Recipes. These Harry Potter inspired treats look amazing

When I first saw Emily from Is This Really My Life's Butterbeer Sandwich cookies I literally thought about inviting myself over because really how delicious do those look! I'm excited to make up a batch for myself.

I need to make one of these! Harry Potter inspired Slytherin Quilt Pattern. Sewing and quilting project.

Polly from Pieces by Polly is at it again with yet another AMAZING Harry Potter Quilt. I love love love how awesome this Slytherin Quilt Pattern turned out. Make sure to click over to her post because she's offering some amazing discounts on her quilt patterns (more than half off) and she's got another discount code for all her other products (I have a bunch from her and love them all). SO many awesome Young Adult lit villains Did you catch my list of awesome YA Villains. It was totally inspired by Umbridge and Voldermort. Find over 15 great books with great villains.

Expecto Patronum Shirt tutorial and more harry Potter crafts and recipes

So it might surprise you that out of the MANY MANY Harry Potter shirts I have I do not own an Expecto Patronum Shirt yet. Luckily Laura from Laura's Crafty Life has the cutest tutorial out to help me fix that!

Harry Potter Tote bag tutorial and lots of other awesome Harry Potter crafts and recipes

Now that's what I call carrying your books around in style! I can't get over the cuteness of this Harry Potter Tote Bag that Kyla from Funky PolkaDot Giraffe made. She's got an awesome step by step tutorial so you can make your own!

harry potter Muggle money wallet tutorial and other awesome potter crafts and recipes

For those of you witches and wizards that sometimes head out into the Muggle world Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain has a speedy Muggle Money Wallet tutorial to help you keep your galleons straight from your dollars and pounds! Butterbeer Fudge Topped Blondies and more awesome Harry Potter inspired crafts and recipes

And we can't leave you without just one more Butterbeer treat. How delicious do these Butterbeer Fudge Topped Blondies from April of Mama Loves food look? So good right! I can't wait to use her recipe to make myself a bunch YUM.

And don't forget to enter the giveaways!!!

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See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping. Prize Pack #1 a Rafflecopter giveaway So many awesome Harry Potter gift ideas. Great for readers Prize Pack #2 See more about each prize and sponsor at this giveaway post and be sure to enter the other equally awesome prize pack while you're there! Winner must have a US address or be willing to pay for international shipping. a Rafflecopter giveaway