Happy Birthday Harry Potter and Block Party

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Harry Potter’s birthday is in just a couple days. Wait… you don’t celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday? You should! There is nothing more fun then Harry Potter crafts and recipes. Find some of my favorite ones below.

Sorting Hat Cupcakes

DIY Harry Potter I Spy Bags

Harry Potter Corner Bookmark

Harry Potter Hooded Towels

The Ultimate Harry Potter Party

Unicorn Tank Top

Monster Book of Monsters Journal

Snitch Costume

Hogwarts Baby Onesie

Copycat Frozen Butterbeer

Harry Potter Photo Booth

Hogwarts Textbook Skirt

Harry Potter House Necklaces

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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! 

Microwave Brownie Mug CakeDIY Ready Player One Shirt Tuorial

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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.

how to make a ready player one shirt great character file for the cricut-2


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 ;)


13 Reasons Why I Love My B&N Membership

Looking for a super easy last minute gift or fun treat for the whole family? A Barnes & Noble membership might be just the thing.

Great gift idea for any reader or even a family gift

I’ve been a long time fan of the Barnes & Noble membership (I’ve had one since grad school) and today I’m sharing 13 Reasons why I love my B&N membership.

1-3 Fabulous Memories

great idea for a family gift and to encourage a love of reading

I spent MANY hours in grad school at my neighborhood Barnes & Noble cafe tables slaving over papers and laughing with my classmates. When Daniel and I were first dating we’d often swing through for an easy date. Now with Teddy you can find us killing time wandering the aisles. I love checking out the new releases in the Teen Fantasy and Adventure section, Daniel loves flipping through the music magazines which can’t be found anywhere else, and Teddy loves reading with us in the kids section. Whether we’re picking up a new release at a discount or stopping in for a snack at the cafe it’s time together that I cherish.

4-5 Free Shipping and FAST Shipping

And while I do love wandering aisle I love online shipping! I am a sucker for free shipping and when I order off of BN.com. With my membership the orders ship for free. Not just that but it ships  fast in just 1-3 days.

6-9 Stuffed Pretzels, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, Brie Sandwiches, and Cafe Drinks

food at barnes & noble cafe

Okay maybe not just those,  I have a serious weakness for the cafe food and treats at Barnes & Noble. I remember a time that I practically lived off the stuffed pretzels and I still can’t resist getting one of their peanut butter cookies every time we’re in. There are so many yummy items on their menu that I’m hoping to try and of course it’s all a bonus that members get discounts on the cafe goodies too!

10 Kids Club

barnes & noble kids club and membership perks

I was excited to find a new perk of the membership that now includes an easy way to sign up for their free kids club. With the Kids Club the little ones (up to age 12) receive a free treat for their birthday – a birthday cupcake, cookie or rice krispy treat and a $5 rewards card for every $100 spent on kids stuff.

11-12 40% off Hardcover Best Sellers and Other Great Discounts

barnes & noble teen fantasy and adventure aisle

I love that with my membership, I can snatch up the latest best selling hardcover at 40% off and that pretty much everything else they sell (including toys and cafe items) for 10% everyday. In fact when we went in last week they had  a promotion that gave members 20% offWAHOO. If you don’t know, they have some crazy amazing exclusive items that you can’t find anywhere else -incredible books, commissioned gift items, and really unique creative toys! Barnes & Noble is actually one of my favorite places to find interesting gifts.

13 Special Notifications Right to My Inbox

unusal gift ideas for families and young readers

With 3 full time businesses, a super active kiddo and just normal life I feel like I can’t remember anything and don’t have the time to research fun activities. It probably sounds silly but I LOVE my membership emails. I love knowing when special events like the Harry Potter and Star Wars aisles are happening, getting exclusive discounts that are easy for me to look up and access, and of course the book and gift suggestions. Today we took advantage of $1 Cafe drinks thanks to the email!

If you have someone who loves to read or just want to treat yourself or your family to a unique gift that lasts the whole year giving the gift of a Barnes & Noble membership is a great choice!

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Gift Giving Hacks for Readers, Geeks and More

I kind of pride myself on being a really GREAT gift giver but this year I am drawing blanks. Thankfully Barnes & Noble has a ton of really cool tools that make gift giving super easy whether you’re looking to give a book or other great gift.

what to read next great tools for picking what book to read for all readers

I personally always believe books are one of the best gifts that you can get anyone regardless of age or interests. But, sometimes deciding WHICH book can be a bit tricky. Last week I was browsing the Barnes & Noble website and got giddy when I tried out the Book Graph for the first time. This little tool is brand new this holiday season and I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’ll keep it year around. It’s a little hidden but to find it click on “books” on the top of BN.com and “Book Graph” is the first option.

Basically you click on a book cover and it leads you down a trail of related books that you can follow to find something new and awesome. With every step there are tons of options and you can click on each image to learn more about the different titles. It was so fun seeing books that I love recommended in this way. They have combined all the knowledge from their book sellers and the wealth of data on which books people tend to buy with other and well, you can see how that would make for a power recommendation tool. I could see this being super addicting. Plus this would be great when shopping for someone who reads a ton or who reads different types of content than what you might be familiar with!

super hero gifts and books for boys girls and kids of all ages

Not only is there the Book Graph, -but there are TONS awesome curated book lists and gift guides.  I love how the guides are more than just gender and age based. Of course you can start there if you want, -but, there are really interesting list themes which you might not think to search for, but lead to some pretty fun present ideas. There’s a whole selection of Super Gifts for Superheroes (a peek at that above), gifts for Game of Thrones Fans, Creative Gifts for Scientist and Makers,  Gifts to Inspire Unstoppable Girls and more.

awesome tips and tools for buying gifts for readers and geeks. books and non-book present tricks and ideas

This my friends is how you get a unique and meaningful gift your love ones will be really excited to get! In addition to lists with both non-book gift ideas as well as fresh reading material there are tons of straight up book lists to guide your gift giving (even if it’s for yourself, I won’t judge) like “Thrilling Books for Teen Readers“. 

And as fun as it is to shop from the convenience of your own home in your jammies, you might want to throw on some clothes because I’m not sure if you are aware, -but in most Barnes & Noble locations this holiday season they have a super special Harry Potter aisle!

Tons of Harry POtter gifts from Barnes and Noble

It is jammed packed FULL of goodies, books, and tons of gift ideas all inspired by the J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s got great goodies from the original series as well as from the Fantastic Beast movie and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Screenplay. You guys I wanted it all, scarves, wands, games of all sorts, stuffies, DVDs, there’s so many fun things!

I’m not sure if you’ve ever just wandered the non-book isles at Barnes & Noble, but they always have the most fun gifts for kiddos, geeks, and really anyone! I’m actually drooling over the FAO Schwarz Christmas decoration I saw there earlier this week.

star wars at barnes & noble

I’ll be doing a live walk through on Facebook this week if you want a little peek around and for you Star Wars fans they have a Star Wars aisle too!!!

So if you’re at a loss of what to give the special people in your life head over to Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble whether in person or online and you’re sure to find plenty of fun options!










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!

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From Hogwarts embroidery art to fantastic beasts in plushie form to a DIY Mandrake Paperclip holder I’ve got some insanely creative Harry Potter projects to share today.

amazing DIY gift ideas for Harry Potter fans. Great for kids and adults

Here are some projects from a few of my favorite Harry Potter loving girls!

Hogwarts will be there to Welcome you Home Embroidery Hoop Art Great Harry Potter sewing project

Bev from Flamingo Toes never disappoints with her amazing hoop art and lucky for us she’s nuts about Harry Potter. I’m swooning over this gorgeous Hogwarts Embroidery tutorial she shared. I’m telling you this is the year I will start embroidering and the Harry Potter stuff has got be be my first projects.

how to make a fun Harry Potter Pygmy-Puff-Pillow

You know you’ve always wanted a snuggly Pygmy puff pillow! Thank goodness the fabulous Polly from Pieces by Polly created this great tutorial so you could make your own!

Mandrake-Paper-Clip-Holder-great Harry Potter craft tutorial

Isn’t this DIY Mandrake Paperclip holder from Tried and True blog just the best? I am pretty much giddy over this little project. I love the creativity and surprise factor. This would make such a fun little gift for any potter lover!

For those of you ready to indoctrinate oh I mean share the love of Harry Potter with your offspring I whipped up a couple fun Harry Potter I Spy Bags. One is actually an activity bag which can fit travel toys and the other is a simple pouch. Both are great for little hands and budding wizards and witches.

delicious chocolate caramel pretzel wands for fantastic beasts and harry potter parties

No Harry Potter Party or should I say Fantastic Beasts Party would be complete with these Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Wands. And luckily I’ve got the easiest hack for making your own!

Don’t forget about the giveaway!

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Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Wands and Fantastic Beasts Party

I’m a firm believer that at any wizarding party you need edible wands. Today I’m sharing how to make delicious and easy Caramel Chocolate Pretzel Wands.

easiest caramel chocolate pretzel wands recipe harry potter

I’m all about a good Harry Potter party so when the Fantastic Beasts movie came out of course we had to celebrate! We were all kind of busy so we kept it low keep and doable which was perfect and still super fun.

fantastic beasts and where to find them party ideas

These pretzel wands were the perfect easy on-theme addition to our spread.

hands down the best recipe for easy caramel chocolate pretzelsHow to Make Caramel Pretzel Wands



  1. Cut caramel into thin strips.
  2. Wrap around pretzel rods.
  3. Melt chocolate chips with a small amount of crisco (about 1 cup chocolate to 1/2 tsp crisco) in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, stir and then re-zap in 10 second increments.
  4. Dip caramel wrapped pretzels in chocolate. Lay on wax paper to cool.

fun fantastic beasts and where to find them food ideas

Don’t forget about the giveaway!

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Revelio Harry Potter I Spy Bags

What better way to train the next generation of Potterheads than with quick and easy DIY I Spy Harry Potter bags.

DIY Harry Potter I Spy Bags tutorial copy

Just say Revelio and make that trinket appear, well almost ;) I made these with the help of my little guy and he loved being involved in the process.

DIY Harry Potter I Spy bag and pouch sewing tutorial

DIY I Spy Pouch

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Make Harry Potter shrinky dinks (see my description below)
  2. Tape the Vinyl to the felt.
  3. Sew the vinyl down on three sides.
  4. Fill about half way with pellets and trinkets. You don’t want to overfill it since that makes it harder for little hands to move the pieces and locate the different trinkets.
  5. Use the tape and close the open side in place.
  6. Sew closed

And that’s really all. So stinking easy right!

How to make Revelio Harry Potter I Spy bags tutorial

Revelio Harry Potter I Spy Travel Bag Tutorial

What You Need

how to make Harry Potter trinkets and I Spy Bag tutorial

What to Do

  1. Make Harry Potter shrinky dinks. I just used permanent markers and drew silly pictures and then just followed the directions on the package. Remember they will shrink down to be about 1/4-1/3 the size. Set aside. I like to put different Harry Potter icons like the snitch, Hogwarts castle, rat, glasses, characters etc. and I like picking beads and buttons that represent the different Hogwarts house colors and animals.
  2. Fold the main fabric in half and iron in place. Tape the vinyl to the middle of one of the sides of the main fabric. Attach and fill the I Spy pouch like described above.
  3. Assemble the I Spy Bag according to these I Spy Bag directions. I will be updating this with a condensed video tutorial but until then I have a live video you can watch step by step pictures here.
  4. Cut “Revelio” out of iron-on vinyl (I used my Cricut explore 2). If you’ve never done that see my full iron-on vinyl tutorial.
  5. Iron it on.

Aren’t they so so cute!? We’ve had our regular I Spy Bag for years and we just keep it in the car. It’s big enough to hold small books, activity pads, a small etchisketch, color pencils (I like those better than crayons since they won’t melt in the heat), mini slinkies, and really any other fun things to keep kids busy in the car, church, or at appointments.

Love this idea make an I Spy bag with Harry potter items. Full simple sewing tutorial

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Happy Harry Potter Days 13-15

I hope you did something fun for Harry’s birthday. But I’m not quite done celebrating.
creative tutorials recipes and printables for Harry Potter fans

So how about some more amazing Harry Potter recipes and crafts?


I am a cheesecake fiend but how absolutely delicious does no-bake butterbeer cheesecake sound? I can’t wait to try this easy treat from A Night Owl Blog holy moly it looks tasty!

DIY harry-potter-backpack-tag-with-cricut

I’m totally smitten with this Hogwarts Crest Backpack Tag that My Crafitily Ever After made with her Cricut! I’m pretty sure I have everything on hand and you bet I’ll be making up a bunch of these babies!

DIY harry potter shirts sisters, what!

You know I love a good Harry Potter shirt (or 10) and I am in love with these darling Harry Potter shirts that Sisters, What! whipped up for the kiddos. Grab the cut files in her post and learn how to make your own!


There’s so much to love about Harry Potter but the quotes have to be one of my favorite aspects. Liz over at Simple Simon and Co and 5 different printable Harry Potter Quotes and I can’t even decide which is my favorite. Head over to see the others!

Funny couple costume. Snitch and Quidditch player from Harry Potter - Rae Gun Ramblings

And just in case you missed it, I finally shared my DIY Golden Snitch Costume Tutorial! I was a snitch when I was pregnant with Teddy and I finally typed up the instructions. And I sewed another one live today on Facebook and it took less than an hour. So awesome right!? I can’t wait to take pictures of Teddy in his own Snitch costume!

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