Magical Congress Tin Charms and More Harry Potter Fun

The Happy Harry Potter crafts and recipes keep coming like this fun Magical Congress of the United States tin, doll robes and more!DIY Magical Congress Tin Butterbeer Cookie recipe, Potions Labels and other clever harry potter creations

I’m am counting the days until the next Wizarding World movie releases and I’m giddy with excitement.  

DIY Magical Congress of the United Staes of America Tin and Butterbeer coocies recipe

I most certainly have to use Niki from 365 Days of Crafts‘s delicious Butterbeer Cookies Recipe for some pre-movie fun. And how darling is the DIY The Magical Congress of the United States of America Tin she made to put them in too? 

Harry Potter Potion Labels

And since Fall is in the air I’m feeling like decorating and these Harry Potter Potion Labels from Chelsea of  GYCT would make an amazing HP addition to my Spooky Halloween Decor!

How-to-Harry-Potter-planner-charm

I don’t know how I never have thought to make a planner charm before but these gorgeous Harry Potter Planner Charms from Laura’s Crafty Life and next on my to do list. I mean seriously I’m a planner toting girl, I NEED one!

Doll-wizard-Robes tutorial and pattern

Special for the the little ones, this great Doll Robe Pattern from Life Sew Savory is perfect for your little witch or wizard to get their littlest friends in on the wizarding fun! 

More Harry Potter Recipes and Crafts

Best resource for all things Harry Potter! Party ideas, tutorials, printables, sewing projects, recipes, book lists, shirts and so much more

So much cuteness right!? Need more? You check out ALL the Harry Potter posts from past years (and a bazillion more from me in between).

Tons of fun Harry Potter gift ideas for the whole family

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, even if you’ve already entered you can get another entry every day for pinning a different post! One lucky winner will receive all the amazing things below! ENTER by using the widget below (or clicking here).

And be sure to check out all the Harry Potter projects from past years and find all the new Happy Harry Potter creations from this year here, the post is updated daily!

  • $50 Amazon gift card perfect for picking out your own awesome Harry Potter swag or stocking up on craft supplies to make your own inspired by the great tutorials from the series!
  • $50 Shop credit to spend on LuLaRoe with RaeGunRoe who will be having a special Harry Potter inspired event during the series!
  • One Harry Potter Baby Costume or House Tie Necklace from RaeGun perfect for Halloween, or sporting to a vacation to the Wizarding world, or just for any old Tuesday! 
  • One Nerdifore from Giggles and Mischief (put to a $40) she makes the cutest Harry Potter inspired dresses for big girls as well as My Little Pony, Super Hero and other awesomely geeky options. 
  • Dumbledore and Harry Potter action figures! 
  • Other surprise Harry Potter swag! 

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Harry Potter Shirts, Wand Printable and Butterbeer Muffins

I couldn’t be more excited for the fun Harry Potter creations I have for you today. More creative DIY Harry Potter shirts, party ideas and a recipe!

Harry Potter Wand Printables DIY Shirt Designs Butterbeer Muffins Recipe and Mini potions bottles

It’s so fun seeing all the new Happy Harry Potter posts this year!

Always Harry Potter shirt tutorial and design

First up is this fabulous Happy Harry Potter posts by Jen from Happy Harry Potter posts I’m pretty much gaga over the design. I need to dig out my plain shirt stash and make my own.

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My friend Michelle from Happy Harry Potter posts through the most amazing Harry Potter party for her little boy. She set up an Happy Harry Potter posts station for the kiddo’s to make their own wands complete with a few super fantastic Happy Harry Potter posts and Happy Harry Potter posts.

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Where are my Ravenclaws? The amazing Heidi from Happy Harry Potter posts made this darling Happy Harry Potter posts and has provided the design for free. You have to see how cute it looks on a notebook and onesie! So many fun options.

DIY-Mini-Potions-Charms-from-Harry-Potter

Why is it that tiny things are so stinking cute? The Happy Harry Potter poststhat Jessica from Happy Harry Potter posts made are certainly no exception! I’m pretty much obsessed with the details of the bottles and the tags are completely brilliant.

must try these super easy looking butterbeer muffins. Great Harry Potter recipe would be fun for birthday breakfast-2

And in case you missed my latest Harry Potter post, I shared a super tasty Banana Butterbeer Muffins Recipe. Teddy and I whipped them up this week and they are pretty darn yummy if I do say so myself!

More Harry Potter Recipes and Crafts

Best resource for all things Harry Potter! Party ideas, tutorials, printables, sewing projects, recipes, book lists, shirts and so much more

So much cuteness right!? Need more? You check out ALL the Harry Potter posts from past years (and a bazillion more from me in between).

Tons of fun Harry Potter gift ideas for the whole family

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, even if you’ve already entered you can get another entry every day for pinning a different post! One lucky winner will receive all the amazing things below! ENTER by using the widget below (or clicking here).

And be sure to check out all the Harry Potter projects from past years and find all the new Happy Harry Potter creations from this year here, the post is updated daily!

  • $50 Amazon gift card perfect for picking out your own awesome Harry Potter swag or stocking up on craft supplies to make your own inspired by the great tutorials from the series!
  • $50 Shop credit to spend on LuLaRoe with RaeGunRoe who will be having a special Harry Potter inspired event during the series!
  • One Harry Potter Baby Costume or House Tie Necklace from RaeGun perfect for Halloween, or sporting to a vacation to the Wizarding world, or just for any old Tuesday! 
  • One Nerdifore from Giggles and Mischief (put to a $40) she makes the cutest Harry Potter inspired dresses for big girls as well as My Little Pony, Super Hero and other awesomely geeky options. 
  • Dumbledore and Harry Potter action figures! 
  • Other surprise Harry Potter swag! 

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Banana Butterbeer Muffins Recipe

What would it be like to wake up on a school holiday in the Weasley’s burrow? I like to think this Banana Butterbeer Muffins recipe gives you a peek into what it would be like.

must try these super easy looking butterbeer muffins. Great Harry Potter recipe would be fun for birthday breakfast-2

Rich in delicious butterscotch flavors but hearty and healthy enough you can totally have them for breakfast. This banana butterbeer muffins recipe will be your family’s newest favorite whether they are Harry Potter fans or not.

Super delicious Harry Potter butterbeer muffins awesome breakfast recipe

I’ve been having so much fun seeing all the new Happy Harry Potter series creations from this year’s contributors. Teddy and I have been baking something every week and he’s a huge fan of my banana chocolate chip bread.

I'm obsessed with this super easy Harry Potter butterbeer muffin recipe!

So much so that I made him a Magic School Bus cake for his birthday from the recipe. But as it turns out he’s not the biggest fan of chocolate. CRAZY I know. If he didn’t look like the perfect mix of my husband and I, I’d certainly get a DNA test.

But we discovered that the recipe tastes even better with butterscotch and it reminded me of delicious butterbeer from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Speaking of the WWHP I want to head back so I can have more of all the delicious Wizard foods at Universal.

banana butterbeer muffins recipe

Banana Butterbeer Muffins Recipe Ingredients

  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1 C Mashed bananas
  • 1/2 C Greek Yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 C All purpose flour
  • 1 C Whole Wheat flour (you can use all purpose if you want)
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C chocolate chips

What to Do

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter.
  3. Mix in the banana, sour cream, eggs, flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Stir in the butterscotch chips. Pour into baking dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean about 20 minutes.

These banana butterbeer muffins are the perfect breakfast recipe for any Harry potter fan

They are so yummy and make for crazy easy breakfasts on the go or to have as an afternoon snack while curled up with the latest edition of the Illustrated Harry Potter Books.

More Harry Potter Recipes and Crafts

Best resource for all things Harry Potter! Party ideas, tutorials, printables, sewing projects, recipes, book lists, shirts and so much more

So much cuteness right!? Need more? You check out ALL the Harry Potter posts from past years (and a bazillion more from me in between).

Tons of fun Harry Potter gift ideas for the whole family

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, even if you’ve already entered you can get another entry every day for pinning a different post! One lucky winner will receive all the amazing things below! ENTER by using the widget below (or clicking here).

And be sure to check out all the Harry Potter projects from past years and find all the new Happy Harry Potter creations from this year here, the post is updated daily!

  • $50 Amazon gift card perfect for picking out your own awesome Harry Potter swag or stocking up on craft supplies to make your own inspired by the great tutorials from the series!
  • $50 Shop credit to spend on LuLaRoe with RaeGunRoe who will be having a special Harry Potter inspired event during the series!
  • One Harry Potter Baby Costume or House Tie Necklace from RaeGun perfect for Halloween, or sporting to a vacation to the Wizarding world, or just for any old Tuesday! 
  • One Nerdifore from Giggles and Mischief (put to a $40) she makes the cutest Harry Potter inspired dresses for big girls as well as My Little Pony, Super Hero and other awesomely geeky options. 
  • Dumbledore and Harry Potter action figures! 
  • Other surprise Harry Potter swag! 

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drooling over these banana butterbeer muffins. just made the recipe and will be making tons more

Harry Potter Treacle Tart Bath Bombs Peg People and More

 


Have I told you how the Happy Harry Potter series is my favorite time of year!? Yup even a few months pushed back like it is this year.
brand new super unique harry potter tutorials and recipes

Here are the newest awesome creative Harry Potter craft and recipe ideas from all my friends. If you’re new here every year I do a huge HP series and my friends and I whip up loads of brand new Harry Potter creations!

How to make Harry Potter Peg people tutorial

First up for today is my friend Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama. She always has the most creative awesome ideas and these little DIY Harry Potter Peg people are no exception. MUST Make them ASAP and then yell at Teddy to not touch my guys hahah.

EASY-Treacle-Tart-recipe for Harry Potter fans

I know I’m not the only who’s mouth watered at ever mention of Harry Potter’s favorite dessert in the books. Thank goodness for the wonderful Emily from Half-Scratched for sharing this tasty and easy treacle tart recipe. I’m sure it rivals Molly Weasleys! 

Its-Leviosa-Not-Levisoa-Embroidery-Pattern

And Bev the embroidery hoop master extraordinaire from Flamingo Toes is back with another set of amazing Harry Potter embroider hoops. How freaking cute is this two part set of LeviOsa and Feather embroidery hoops. Ack I’m in love!

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If you can’t get over to Hagrid’s any time soon, do the next best thing and whip up a batch of these tasty Harry Potter Rock Cakes that Emily from The Benson Street shared. Just close your eyes, sip on some tea and imagine Hagrid’s giant frame lurking over you!

harry-potter-book-of-monsters-tutorial DIY

Is this DIY Monster Book of Monsters just not the cutest!? I looooove this amazing project from Alicia of Sew What Alicia. It might make me break my vow to ever ever sew with fur again! 

how to make Harry Potter bath bombs great booknerd gift

And just in case you missed my creation, I made some fun Hogwarts House bath bombs. These are so easy to make from home. I did Gryffindor but you could easily change the colors to give a batch to your favorite Slytheryns, Hufflepuffs or Ravenclaws!


Tons of fun Harry Potter gift ideas for the whole family

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, even if you’ve already entered you can get another entry every day for pinning a different post! One lucky winner will receive all the amazing things below! ENTER by using the widget below (or clicking here).

And be sure to check out all the Harry Potter projects from past years and find all the new Happy Harry Potter creations from this year here, the post is updated daily!

  • $50 Amazon gift card perfect for picking out your own awesome Harry Potter swag or stocking up on craft supplies to make your own inspired by the great tutorials from the series!
  • $50 Shop credit to spend on LuLaRoe with RaeGunRoe who will be having a special Harry Potter inspired event during the series!
  • One Harry Potter Baby Costume or House Tie Necklace from RaeGun perfect for Halloween, or sporting to a vacation to the Wizarding world, or just for any old Tuesday! 
  • One Nerdifore from Giggles and Mischief (put to a $40) she makes the cutest Harry Potter inspired dresses for big girls as well as My Little Pony, Super Hero and other awesomely geeky options. 
  • Dumbledore and Harry Potter action figures! 
  • Other surprise Harry Potter swag! 

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Hogwarts House Harry Potter Bath Bombs Recipe Tutorial

 

What is better than joining two loves? Bath Bombs and Harry Potter are huge in our family. Last year we made Expecto Patronum bath bombs that revealed the user’s patrons and frankly make the kids (and if we’re honest adults) giddy. This time I’m doing good old Hogwarts House Bath Bombs. 

best recipe for DIY hogwarts house bathbombs Gryffindor

Can anyone say GO Gryffindor!? And of course you can show your Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Hufflepuff pride too by swapping colors in my easy recipe tutorial.

easy recipe for hogwarts house harry potter bathbombs

How to Make a Harry Potter House Bath Bombs

Wet Ingredients

  • 3/4 tsp water
  • 2tsp essential oil
  • 2 1/2 tsp coconut oil, melted

Dry Ingredients

Handmade Harry Potter Bath bombs recipe great gift idea

See process pictures of how to make basic bath bombs on my Patronus Bath bomb post or watch the vi.

  1. Combine Wet Ingredients
  2. Combine Dry Ingredients
  3. SLOWLY add the wet ingredients to the dry. Drop by drop. And mix. Mixing with hands works better. Divide up and color (you want about a 1 to 1 ratio for Hogwarts House bath bombs so for Gryffindor do half the mixture yellow and half red (if you’re doing more than one house in one batch you can split it even further). 
  4. Place a small amount of gold (or first color) and then some of the red (or second color) and repeat to fill the mold. Press to pack down and fill more so it’s mounding over the top.
  5. 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. If using the same molds work fast so your mixture doesn’t dry too much before you can mold it.

how to make Harry Potter bath bombs great booknerd gift

So easy right!? These make amazing gifts for all your Harry Potter loving booknerd friends. And as a bonus the kids LOOOOOVE making these! 

Tons of fun Harry Potter gift ideas for the whole family

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, even if you’ve already entered you can get another entry every day for pinning a different post! One lucky winner will receive all the amazing things below! ENTER by using the widget below (or clicking here).

And be sure to check out all the Harry Potter projects from past years and find all the new Happy Harry Potter creations from this year here, the post is updated daily!

  • $50 Amazon gift card perfect for picking out your own awesome Harry Potter swag or stocking up on craft supplies to make your own inspired by the great tutorials from the series!
  • $50 Shop credit to spend on LuLaRoe with RaeGunRoe who will be having a special Harry Potter inspired event during the series!
  • One Harry Potter Baby Costume or House Tie Necklace from RaeGun perfect for Halloween, or sporting to a vacation to the Wizarding world, or just for any old Tuesday! 
  • One Nerdifore from Giggles and Mischief (put to a $40) she makes the cutest Harry Potter inspired dresses for big girls as well as My Little Pony, Super Hero and other awesomely geeky options. 
  • Dumbledore and Harry Potter action figures! 
  • Other surprise Harry Potter swag! 

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Harry Potter DIY Mandrake Printables Bookends and More

Here is our next batch of fabulous Happy Harry Potter creations for this year

creative and unique DIY ideas including Harry Potter DIY Mandrake Playdough and printables

I love these Harry Potter printables and awesome home decor ideas these ladies shared!

Mandrake-DIY tutorial for Harry Potter lovers

Do you know my friend Morena of Morena’s Corner, lover of creepy things and one of the most creative humans I know? Well she’s awesome and so is this Harry Potter DIY Mandrake. I’m so blown away by it. Hop over to check out her video.

hermione-svg when in doubt go to the library

I have completely lost count of the number of Harry Potter related shirts I have but that’s not stopping me from digging through my stash to find a shirt to turn use this great When in Doubt Go to the Library SVG on. Thank goodness Stephanie from Swoodson Says has is sharing the template for free!

Harry potter free book printable download

I may have a receipt holding my spot in my current read but not for long because I TOTALLY will be printing off some of these gorgeous Modern Harry Potter bookmarks that Havalah from Sisters, What? shared. I love everything about them the aesthetic, the quotes. So pretty I’m tempted to use the design on a book bag or shirts, see I told you I had a problem.

Harry-Potter-Book-Ends-Tutorial

With all the reading and such this series entails I’m shocked that over the years we’ve never had someone share bookend. It was certainly overdue! Lucky for us Vanessa of Tried and True blog and filled that void with these darling Bertie Bott’s Jellybean Bookends.

DIY glitter playdough tutorial and luna lovegood

 

And just in case you missed it, I shared a super easy tutorial for making Luna Lovegood’s DIY Glitter Playdough. I like to imagine Luna creating and passing out the sparkly perfection to fellow students in the halls of Hogwarts. But really this is the best glitter playdough, not like the sticky stuff that they normally sell.

Best resource for all things Harry Potter! Party ideas, tutorials, printables, sewing projects, recipes, book lists, shirts and so much more

So much cuteness right!? Need more? You check out ALL the Harry Potter posts from past years (and a bazillion more from me in between).Tons of fun Harry Potter gift ideas for the whole family

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, even if you’ve already entered you can get another entry every day for pinning a different post! One lucky winner will receive all the amazing things below! ENTER by using the widget below (or clicking here).

And be sure to check out all the Harry Potter projects from past years and find all the new Happy Harry Potter creations from this year here, the post is updated daily!

  • $50 Amazon gift card perfect for picking out your own awesome Harry Potter swag or stocking up on craft supplies to make your own inspired by the great tutorials from the series!
  • $50 Shop credit to spend on LuLaRoe with RaeGunRoe who will be having a special Harry Potter inspired event during the series!
  • One Harry Potter Baby Costume or House Tie Necklace from RaeGun perfect for Halloween, or sporting to a vacation to the Wizarding world, or just for any old Tuesday! 
  • One Nerdifore from Giggles and Mischief (put to a $40) she makes the cutest Harry Potter inspired dresses for big girls as well as My Little Pony, Super Hero and other awesomely geeky options. 
  • Dumbledore and Harry Potter action figures! 
  • Other surprise Harry Potter swag! 

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Luna Lovegood’s DIY Glitter Playdough

Have you ever used glitter play dough, like the real stuff? It’s weird and sticky and frankly a pain in the tush to use with all the contraptions and presses and stuff. This DIY Glitter Playdough on the other hand, it’s like butter!
hands down the best glitter playdough and it's so easy to make

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier but this was SO ridiculously easy and I had everything I needed on hand. My little guy loved helping me make the sparkly play dough. Bonus points for getting the glitter fix but in a way that keeps it totally contained!

DIY glitter playdough tutorial and luna lovegood

And since it’s time for our Happy Harry Potter series and I could see our favorite free spirit Luna loving this play dough I’m dedicating this one to her! There’s just something about glitter and blue, ahem Ravenclaw that made me immediately think of Ms. Lovegood when we were making this!

such a brilliant trick for making glitter playdough but you have to get the right stuff

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Roll the play dough out into a flat pancake. 
  2. Sprinkle the glitter on the play dough. I used extra fine glitter and the texture was perfect. It went through all the press crazy pasta makers and ice cream playdough dealibobs that Teddy plays with like butter!
  3. Fold the play dough to sandwich the glitter and smoosh to mix.
  4. Repeat until you get the desired about to glitter distributed.

crazy easy glitter playdough tutorial with great texture

Insanely easy right? Yup I know. And if you’re the type to make your own play you can for sure do that and just toss in some glitter. Easy Peasy. Call me crazy obsessed but I reallllllllly want to find some maroon, green, dark blue and goldenrod (or maybe black) to do all the different house color playdoughs with glitter too. Wouldn’t that be so fun!?

Best resource for all things Harry Potter! Party ideas, tutorials, printables, sewing projects, recipes, book lists, shirts and so much more

So much cuteness right!? Need more? You check out ALL the Harry Potter posts from past years (and a bazillion more from me in between).Tons of fun Harry Potter gift ideas for the whole family

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, even if you’ve already entered you can get another entry every day for pinning a different post! One lucky winner will receive all the amazing things below! ENTER by using the widget below (or clicking here). To see all the new Harry Potter projects and find enter check here as they will be updated daily!

  • $50 Amazon gift card perfect for picking out your own awesome Harry Potter swag or stocking up on craft supplies to make your own inspired by the great tutorials from the series!
  • $50 Shop credit to spend on LuLaRoe with RaeGunRoe who will be having a special Harry Potter inspired event during the series!
  • One Harry Potter Baby Costume or House Tie Necklace from RaeGun perfect for Halloween, or sporting to a vacation to the Wizarding world, or just for any old Tuesday! 
  • One Nerdifore from Giggles and Mischief (put to a $40) she makes the cutest Harry Potter inspired dresses for big girls as well as My Little Pony, Super Hero and other awesomely geeky options. 
  • Dumbledore and Harry Potter action figures! 
  • Other surprise Harry Potter swag! 

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Must Read Books for Ready Player One Fans

Ready Player One was one of those books that grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I adore it and have re-read it multiple times. So to celebrate it’s tradition to the big screen I thought I’d put together a list of Must Read Books for Ready Player One fans.Great list of books for ready player one fans-2

With more attention on these great characters and fabulous story I have no doubt that with more people reading this awesome book more people are going to asking “what should I read after I’m done with Ready Player One”. And because I’m me I also had to make a RPO characters shirt so make your own DIY Ready Player One shirt with my easy tutorial and then read all the books!

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the “buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.

This Sci-Fi classic is one of my very favorite series and I think RPO fans will find it just as charming. The characters in Ender’s Game, while younger are just as sharp and the dialogue is the best. You’ve got competition style gaming, an intense video game system, and friendships that are rivaled by only Harry Potter. If you love Ender’s Game I actually recommend continuing with the Bean (Shadow) series since those are more in line with Ender’s Game and RPO but if you love true Sci-Fi with creatures and all that by all means follow Ender on his adventures too!

Warcross by Marie Lu

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I just finished ready Warcross and my oh my did I adore it. Marie Lu has a fabulous way of sucking you into all the action then hit you with all kinds of crazy twists. This first book of the series (ahhhh need her to write the rest!!!) hits so many things I loved about RPO. VR becoming a part of every day life, a huge competition, regular people thrown into the mix and layers of story telling. I think fans of Ready Player One would love any of Marie Lu’s books to be honest!

Insignia by S.J.Kincaid

The earth is in the middle of WWIII in Insignia, the first entry in S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy perfect for fans of Ender’s Game.

The planet’s natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn’t seem like a hero. He’s a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.

As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom’s life completely changes. Suddenly, he’s someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there’s a price to pay. . . .

Okay so that synopsis makes Insignia sound way more dramatic than it is. I loved this as a light and fun book with so many great aspects video games, simulators, competitions, boarding school this is such a fun series that I think flew below the radar of most people. This is target to the younger YA market but still totally enjoyable for adults. Oh and as a bonus the audiobooks are great. Speaking of, if you haven’t listened to RPO on audiobook you gotta make a point to do that

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

Okay this one has nothing to do with video games or competitions but one thing I really liked about Ready Player one is that it made you step back and examine how these people were living or pseudo living and look at the layers of the story. The Read of Us Just Live Here is such a fun twist this is a story about the non-special kids. You know how all the dystopian books and fantasy books there is a small group characters that the action revolves around? This makes you think what about the normal people (think Muggles) living there? Don’t they realize all this craziness is going on? It’s fun and something about it makes me put it on this list.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

You guys Renegades is on my nightstand (but I bought it so I keep reading books that have a due date at the library). I haven’t read it yet but my friends who have say for sure it belongs on this list. And I trust Marissa Meyer. You guys she’s a literary genius. Everything she writes is golden, the worlds the characters, the humor. I can attest to the fact that I think RPO fans would love The Lunar Chronicles series which starts with Cinder but I think Renegades plot-wise is a closer over lap. But heck read them all. READ THEM ALLLLLLLL.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

One of the most fun parts of RPO were all the 80’s trivia and nostalgia  and quotes and pop culture references. There’s a similar inside joke feel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that will have fans of Ready Player One in familiar territory. 

Armada by Ernest Cline

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

Confession I havn’t finished Armada. I couldn’t quite get started and then it was due back at the library. But I kinda had to put it on the list and while most people say they don’t love it with the same fiery passion as Ready Player One, they  liked it enough and it was worth reading. So it’s back on my library holds list, I’m gonna try the audiobook this time though.

Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. One of those connections is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

I have to admit that Bluescreen wasn’t my favorite personally but it has a lot of similar themes that I think fans of RPO will like. Also my sister loved this (but she is Dan’s biggest fan so….) but really I think some of the things that bugged me stemmed from the weird accent the audiobook reader did. So check it out paper style though.

RUSH by Evie Silver

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spins into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby – pulled from her life, through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.

There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team’s alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it’s every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki’s back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival. And the survival of every other person on the planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

I totally forgot about Rush until today scrolling back through books to see if there was anything else I thought fit. But this has that game aspect and adventure and layers of something bigger that I think Ready Player One fans would really enjoy.

The Ward by Jordana Frankel

Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.

However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface

The Ward is another book that I adored that I felt got swept under the rug. There is the competition feel, the super cool technology and incredible world building that RPO fans will love. Just a fun story with great characters!

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

I haven’t read Rebel Seoul yet but my friend whom I trust says it’s fabulous and perfect for those who like Ready Player One. And I have to admit the synopsis sounds just right so I’m putting it on this list. I’ll for sure report back after I finish it!

And if you are like me and flaunt your love for RPO go make yourself this crazy easy DIY Ready Player One Shirt.

Must read books for ready player one fans and character shirt with free file

Want even more Ready Player One Awesomeness? My friends got together for a wee RPO blog hop so check out these other fun projects! 

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DIY Ready Player One Shirt Tutorial

You guys I am so excited for the Ready Player One movie. Seriously it’s one of my very favorite books. It’s one of the few books I’ve re-read so naturally I needed a DIY Ready Player One shirt.

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What You Need


What to Do

  1. I created acharacter name file that you guys can use to save you some time. You should be able to resize it easily if you want! I used my Cricut Maker and it cut it perfectly but a Cricut Explore would also do the trick.
  2. Lay down the plastic side of the HTV and set the machine to Iron-On.
  3. Before you cut make sure to toggle so it will cut the design as the mirror image.
  4. Weed the image (remove the negative pieces so you just have the letters).
  5. Position on your shirt with the carrier plastic.
  6. Using an iron or Cricut EasyPress press your shirt or front bodice piece of fabric to remove any moisture or wrinkles. 
  7. Position. your vinyl with the plastic side UP.
  8. With the EasyPress up to temperature (just go by the directions on your vinyl to set the temp). Press the vinyl to the shirt with a little pressure. I do this on my homemade pressing board but anything that’s firm and heatproof (like a table with a thickly folded towel) will do.
  9. Starting slowly at a corner peel the plastic off (stop and reheat if it seems like the vinyl has not fully adhered to your fabric/shirt).
  10. Put on and flaunt your geekiness!

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And when you’re done with your shirt and wishing you were reading Ready Player One for the very first time, check out my book list of Must Read Books for Ready Player One Fans to help you through such a dark time ;)

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40 NEW Wonderfully Wizarding Crafts Recipes and More

This year’s Happy Harry Potter series has been so amazing. We had over 40 brand new craft tutorials, recipes, kid activities, DIY decor, and even printable creations.

lots of brand new harry potter crafts recipes and more great for wizarding parties

If you missed any of the Wonderfully wizarding crafts, recipes and more that was shared do not fear, I’ve got links to all of them right here! Thanks for supporting my Harry Potter obsession by sharing pinning and reading all these fun posts during the series and all year long!

harry potter pouches DIY totes and bags for fantastic beasts and wizardign world fans

I love a good pouch or bag. Whether it’s sewn from scratch or just embellished here are some super fun DIY Harry Potter world inspired bags and totes

harry potter printables and wizarding quotes and cut files

Between printables, Cricut cut files and SVGs my blogger friends shared their hard work and designs so you too can make fun shirts, book marks, decor and party elements!

butterbeer inspired recipes and other harry potter desserts and treats

Harry Potter inspired food my be my very favorite. From simple butterbeer treats you can make with the kids, to gluten free delicacies, to even goodies gorgeous enough for a perfect party these recipes have you covered.

DIYs for raising potterheads. Tutorials and printables for harry potter kids crafts

Seeing the next generation of Harry Potter fans pop up might be one of my absolute favorite things ever. Here are tons of activities, crafts, and great ideas for raising your little potter heads!

Love these super unique DIY gift ideas for harry potter fans

When you think that you’ve seen all that Harry Potter creatives have to bring to the table you find we’ve only just touched the surface. These amazing ideas are so unique they’d be wonderful gifts for the Potter lover who has everything!

DIY harry potter dress up and costume tutorials

There’s nothing more that I love than a good costume or cosplay. From something as simple as a geekish tee to as complex as a golden snitch costume I love all types of Harry Potter dress up.

love this tons of NEW harry potter crafts recipes party ideas and files. 40 new ones in this post alone

So many awesome projects right!? Want more? I’ve been doing the Happy Harry Potter series for YEARS. See all my Harry Potter creative projects, book lists, recipes and more from pasts years!

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