Getting Ready for Harry Potter

The new Harry Potter movie just opened here last week (as it did most of the world, I believe!), and we’re planning on going today. On a Tuesday afternoon. Because I hate crowds! Yes, it’s true! We have a great theater we like, with big comfy chairs and full-service waitstaff, but it’s nice to go in the daytime mid-week because you often have the place to yourself. I doubt that will be the case with Harry Potter, since it’s so incredibly popular and schools are closed for the swine flu scare, but we’ll see.

Anyhoo, I came across a fantastic craft for making Harry Potter wands, so I thought, why not make one for each of us to take to the movie? They were so incredibly easy, and came out so dang cool that I want to make more. I probably will, since the craft girls all have kids, and most of them love Harry Potter.

Just follow the directions, and you’ll end up with your own version of these:

From top: son's wand, dad's wand, mom's wand.

From top: son's wand, dad's wand, mom's wand.

A couple of suggestions:

  • When rolling the paper, leave about 1/3 of the sheet to glue down with white glue. This will make the whole wand stronger when it dries. If you leave too little paper to glue down, the wand can be a little flimsy.
  • Make sure each layer of paint is completely dry before putting on another layer. Otherwise it smears and makes a big mess! Ask me how I know… 😀
  • The more layers of paint you build up, the more realistic it looks. One layer just isn’t going to cut it!
  • I read a tip to use glow-in-the-dark paint on the tip, and that came out great! Definitely try it if you have glow-in-the-dark paint.

These are really incredibly easy to make, and fun — even my husband enjoyed painting his! Well, sort of. I may have threatened to turn him into one of these if he hadn’t.

Garden Toad!

Garden Toad!


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