Dear readers, I am sorry if you are not a fan of the awesomeness that is Harry Potter, because for the next three weeks there is going to be a lot of Harry Potter related ramblings posted on this blog. If you’ve never read the books or watched the movies, I suggest you run to your local library and catch up with the rest of the world, because really, truly, honestly—-you are missing out.
The summer of 2007 was the Greatest Summer Ever if you were a Harry Potter fan. The fifth movie premiered in July and a week later the seventh and final book in the series (which I dramatically referred to as DH: THE END) was released. Fans around the world celebrated with midnight release parties, dressing up in costumes and listening to Wizard Rock. I celebrated the Great Summer of HP by making nerdy crafts and sharing them with my friends—-and now I want to share them with you. After all, just because we know THE END doesn’t mean the excitement & celebration has to end (we do have THREE more movies to look forward to)! So for the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing tutorials & ideas to show off your love of the great HP through simple crafts that anyone can make.
Back in 2007, I was a bit sad and disappointed when I heard the story line of Ron Weasley joining the Gryffindor quidditch team had been cut from the from Order of the Phoenix film. To show my support for Ron, I made a handful of “Weasley is our King” badges that I forced my group of friends to wear to the midnight release. Happily, Ron & quidditch seem to have made it into the soon to be released Half-Blood Prince movie, so to kick off my series of HP crafts we are first going to make “Weasley is our King” badges/pins, because Ron can use all the support he can get.
First, download the PDF with my very low-tech badge pattern & instructions. All of the supplies can easily be found at your local craft store.
I think the pictures are pretty self-explanatory, but I’m going to quickly explain anyway! Cut out the crown pattern and trace it directly on the foam. I think I got 10-12 crowns out of one sheet of foam. Cut out all your crowns and use a small dab of glue to attach the rhinestones/sequins, I like to use one color to represent each house from Hogwarts. You could also just use glitter or any other sparkly doo-dads you have lying around the house. You could even make one using all pink & gold in the spirit of Lavender Brown, hahaha!
Use a fine Sharpie pen to write out “WEASLEY IS OUR KING”. I say a Sharpie because when I tried using a regular felt tip marker or gel pen the ink bled all over the foam and it looked terrible. So stick with a Sharpie or a similar permanent marker (when in doubt, test it out on a scrap of foam). You could make the font as fancy as you like—but I was sick when I made this and felt that my messy scrawl would do for the purpose of this tutorial.
To make the “KING” pop, go over it with a red glitter pen. White glue and red glitter works—but I find I can get a cleaner look with the fine tip of a glitter glue/paint pen. Once the front has dried, flip the badge over and glue your pin back on. Make sure you let it dry completely before handling.
Ta-da! Now wear your badge with pride to the midnight show Half-Blood Prince! Bring along extras to pass out to other fans who wish they were cool enough to make a badge like yours. Spread the nerdy love—it’s the HP way.
Wishing I was at Hogwarts,