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!

Great list of books for ready player one fans-2

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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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!

love this idea for a fun an unusual family gift idea

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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!

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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.

Happy Harry Potter Days 16-19

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!

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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

Ingredients

Directions

  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

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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?

No-Bake-Butterbeer-Cheesecake-recipe

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!

Harry-Potter-It-is-our-choices

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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DIY Golden Snitch Costume Tutorial

I am a sucker for Harry Potter costumes and one of my favorites was this DIY Golden Snitch Costume that I made. I’m finally sharing the tutorial today.

Harry Potter Golden Snitch and Quidditch Player costumes at Rae Gun Ramblings

When I was pregnant with Teddy Daniel and I dressed up like a Snitch and Gryffindor Quidditch player.  This year I wanted to make Teddy dress up as a Snitch for his annual Harry Potter pictures.

Oh my gosh! So many fun cute baby Harry Potter inspired pictures. Rae Gun Ramblings

Wasn’t he so so cute!?

I’ll be sewing these live on Facebook but it’s so easy it’s basically a pillowcase dress. Just a couple of straight lines.

DIY golden snitch costume sewing tutorial-for adults or kids

What You Need

  • Gold fabric (2Xs the width of the person and the length you want the costume plus 2 inches)
  • Gold Ribbon for tying the neck and bottom of the costume.
  • Sheer fabric for the wings

What to do

  1. Cut the gold fabric in half width-ize.
  2. With right sides together sew down the bottom 2/3 of each side.
  3. Fold under the top edge you’re making the armhole and sew under.
  4. Fold under 1 inch at the top and bottom edges to make a casing and sew.
  5. Thread in ribbon and tie.
  6. Cut wings. I just eyeballed it and made longish triangles. Sew to the top edge of the costume.
  7. If desired sew elastic to the bottom edge to serve as finger loops.

So easy right?

Love this! Adorable Harry Potter couple costume (works for pregnant costume too). Golden Snitch and quidditch player costume tutorial

I’m so excited to see Teddy in his! And don’t forget to check out my Chaser costume tutorial which is equally as easy!

 

Don’t forget about the giveaway!

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

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Happy Harry Potter Days 11-12

I love that we live in a time where parents look forward to sharing the magic of Harry Potter with their kids.

DIY Harry Potter kids activities and crafts

Whether its full on DIY Ravenclaw robes, magical kid activities or just some HP home decor there are so many fun way Harry Potter fits into family life.

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This DIY Harry Potter Memory Game from Life Sew Savory is crazy fun! You can play with names, spells or animals. I can’t wait to use Emily’s tutorial so I can make my own set!Deathly Hallows String Art-DIY Harry Potter craft

Have you tried nail art yet? I haven’t but I’m pretty sure that this Deathly Hallows Nail Art from Sugar Bee Crafts is going to have to be my first attempt. I adore all the texture and three dimension flair it has! Check out her video tutorial and learn how to make your own.

Harry Potter Ravenclaw robe tutorial

Is it time to upgrade your wizarding robes? Luckily Polly our favorite Potterhead from Pieces by Polly has shared this stunning DIY Ravenclaw Harry Potter Robes over at the Shannon Fabrics Blog. I am so excited to make one of these robes!

Harry Potter Quote Mini Palets tutorial

Do you love pallet crafts and mini things? Well then you’re going to freak over these mini Harry Potter quote pallets that Morena from Morena’s Corner made. They are so stinking cute and you won’t believe what she made them out of!

Don’t forget about the giveaway!

unique must have gifts harry potter fans

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