Handmade Halloween: Gryffindor Tie Necklace Tutorial and Hogwarts Student Costume

When I first saw neck tie charms pop up at all my local craft stores I knew that I needed to make myself a Gryffindor necklace. So when I received my giant box of goodies from Mod Podge and Plaid Crafts I knew those bottles of Dimensional Magic and yellow Folk Art paint were destined for just that.

If like me, you are the sew-er in your family, you probably spend a lot of time making everyone else’s costumes for Halloween and then throw something together last minute for yourself (if you dress up at all). What I love about this project is that with a button up, skirt, and cardigan, it can pass as an easy costume -who doesn’t want to be a Hogwart’s student? Plus you’ll have a fun necklace you can wear year around.

Gryffindor Tie Necklace Tutorial

You’ll need:

  • Plaid paint and a small brush
  • jump ring
  • necklace
  • Dimensional Magic Mod Podge (one of my favorite products ever as I’ve mentioned before!)
  • toothpick
  • tie charm (I got my charm at Hobby Lobby I called and they do carry them in all their stores and I checked their website and they are there too, but I’ve seen them at other craft stores I frequent as well).

I picked a charm that had one of the colors I wanted so I just used yellow paint on the silver parts. When I messed up or was a little sloppy I just used my finger or a tooth pick to clean up the paint while it was still wet. If you need to paint both colors just wait for the first color to dry and then proceed with the second color.

Once the paint is dry add a layer of Dimensional Magic Mod Podge to the top of the charm. If you have never used Dimensional Magic you’re in for a treat. And even without box of goodies from the company I would and have said this many times but DM it’s one of my all time favorite craft products. It adds a great resin like glaze that is crystal clear, has no odor and is super easy to use. Seriously you should check it out.

Next add a jump ring unless your charm comes with one. To open a jump ring you want to slide the sides out so they are parallel to each other as opposed to just opening it by spreading the ends apart. If you do that it messes up the shape and can break the jump ring.

Add a chain, throw on a white button up and cardigan and you’ve got an easy peasy Gryffindor student costume with a necklace that can be worn many times later. Fun right?

UPDATED: If you are interested in purchasing one of my Gryffindor Tie Necklaces (or other House necklaces) I am now selling them in my Etsy Shop along with other bookish gift items.

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  1. Oh my gosh, that is amazing! Love the outfit and necklace. I need to make one,… soon!

  2. I think you make the cutest Hogwarts student! I love that you’re obsessed with Harry Potter… good taste my friend. This is absolutely awesome!

  3. I adore Harry Potter… You just gave me a great costume idea, Marissa.

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  4. Sooo cute! Love the necklace.

  5. I need to get more in the spirit of dressing up for Halloween again. I used to make my own costumes and everything. Cute costume idea!

  6. I LOVE this necklace! You’re the cutest Hogwarts student ever!

  7. Marissa I love this!!! Love the costume as well!

  8. Seriously! You are amazing. Every time you post a new shirt of piece of jewelry I renew by belief that I should live next door and you should let me borrow things. ;) I love this costume. So many times I would love to dress up like this, but I wasn’t sure of a nice way to do it without looking like Britney Spears….

  9. Girl that is adorable!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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