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Dear readers, we are a scant few days away from the world-wide premiere of Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince! Sadly, life has been a bit out of sorts for this nerdy girl as of late, so I’m afraid the rest of my grand tutorial ideas will have to wait until part one of Deathly Hallows is released. But thankfully, I am not the only one who likes to share my craftiness with the internets; so for our final installment of Harry Potter crafts, here is a quick round-up of fun tutorials.

On a somewhat random note, if you are looking to kill sometime waiting for July 15th to finally arrive, you should watch this amazing Harry Potter musical parody: A Very Potter Musical. It’s absurd and hilarious and the songs are really catchy. I’ll been singing “Goin’ Back to Hogwarts” & “Danger, Granger” for the rest of my life. If you love HP, musicals and always pictured Dumbledore as a great wizard who could also appreciate the talent of Zac Efron, you will love this.

Enjoy and happy crafting!



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From the moment he is first introduced in the series until the final line in Deathly Hallows, there were debates among readers on the loyalties of one character in particular: Severus Snape. Was Snape good? Was he evil? Was he a double agent? A triple agent? Why did Dumbledore trust him? Could we trust him? Who’s side was he really on? Now that THE END has come, all has been revealed (if you haven’t read the books, don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you) and to be honest, I miss that debate. However, I know there are those of you out there who only watch the films and although that may frustrate me at times, in a way this makes me happy because the Great Snape Debate can still go on (well, until 2011, at least).


Harry Potter Crafts Week Two:

Shrinky Dinks

If you have never played around with shrinky dinks before, get ready to have a lot of fun because they are quite addictive once you start making them. You can buy shrinky dink sheets at craft stores and they even sell printable sheets now, but for those of us who love to recycle trash into crafts, you can actually use #6 plastic, which is usually found in restaurants & delis as to-go or takeaway containers.

I decided to make pins/badges to sport at the Half-Blood Prince midnight release. I made a few different designs available in a PDF file to get you started, including several Snape designs so you can proclaim which side of the debate you are on, but you can make any shape or design you like (just make your design at least 2 1/2 times bigger than the desired finished size). I found several HP inspired fonts here if you choose to make your own.

Harry Potter Shrinky Dinks

Supplies: Aside from #6 plastic, you will need scissors, permanent markers, color pencils/crayons and super fine sandpaper, foil and a oven pre-heated to 350ºF. Depending on what you want to make with these, you might also need a hole punch, glue and pin backs.

Step 1: Print out your design & trace it onto the plastic with a permanent marker.

Step 2: To color your shrinky dink, flip it over to the wrong side rough it up using super fine sand paper—or if you are me and don’t have sandpaper lying around the house, use the fine side of a foot scrubber. It’s basically the same thing. What we are doing is roughing up the plastic so that the color pencils & crayons have something to adhere to. Don’t color it too dark because it will darken once we shrink it. You can also just use permanent markers, but I have more color pencils than markers. So there.

Step 3: Cut out your desired shape. If you wanted to turn these into jewelery, now is the time to punch the holes.

Step 4: I got the best results by placing the sanded side down on a small tray I made out of foil and placing that directly on the oven rack. It shrank faster and turned out more uniform. The oven should be pre-heated to 350º and will take about 1-2 minutes to shrink. You can read a few different tutorials on shrinking #6 plastic here and here.

Step 5: Ta-da! String it on a necklace or glue a pin back on it and you are finished!

If you have any questions about this tutorial, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me. And if you make the “My Sweetheart” necklace Lavender Brown gave Ron, please, please send me a picture (all my plastic containers were too small to try it out)!

Happy crafting!


All art is by Heather Campbell of Accio Brain. She is awesome and hilarious (This needs to be a Christmas card). Please go check out her work.

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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.

Weasley is our King-Supplies

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.

Weasley is our King-Steps 1-4

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.

Weasley is our King-Steps 5-6

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.

Weasley is our King

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,


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Happy New Year everyone! I spent the morning of NYE working on my final craft project of 2008: Decoupaging holiday tins and turning them into awesome nerdy tins. Check out my flickr set for more information—although I think it’s pretty self-explanatory.

How To Turn a Holiday Tin Into a Nerdy Tin

So if you received a daily calendar for Christmas or maybe bought one on a lark because it was $2 and why yes, you do want to learn a word-a-day—don’t throw those sheets away!

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