To create your own personal beasts study guide you will need: small hardcover book that's not too thick. I found this daily planner at the dollar store. It's the perfect size! It reminded me of the spiderwick books that my daughter and I loved so much. This book is 3.75" wide X 5.5" tall X .5" thick. You will also need a craft knife, computer graphics software, cream or aged paper, tacky glue or something similar to glue the book binding.
Use the craft knife to carefully cut out the interior of the small hardcover book. Measure the page size. This will b the size of the new pages. With my book I was able to get four pages to one 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper. Design a basic, blank field study page. Leave some blank and fill out some with your own beast findings. Then design a cover. I found this image on the Internet and liked it.
Cut out your home made pages and stack them in the order u want. I put mine in alphabetical order. Glue the binding edge with tacky glue or something similar. I used clothes pins to clamp the pages tightly together while the glue dried. After the pages r dry, flip thru and add a pinch on glue to any loose pages. I had a few loose pages, but overall thought the tacky glue did a pretty good job.
To glue the stack into the hardcover u will need a single sheet to cover the book inside cover and top of stack. U will glue the same size sheet to the back inside portion of the book. I used a map of my daughters university and photo shopped it to look old and magical. I love it when books or stories come with maps! Who doesn't?
Fill the case with a Field Study Guide, a looking glass and funny beasts from the dollar store. Tomorrow I will show you how to make your own field study guide book. My daughter loved this book! She also had a riot discovering all the silly beasts i logged from my own magizoological findings. Stayed tuned for the book build. It's the whip cream and cherry on top. You won't want to miss it. ; D cheers!
The Case of Beasts! Fantastical Beasts and Finding Them. DIY how to make the case of beasts and what to fill it with.
How to turn a plain white cigar style craft box into a super fun cheeky case of beasts. I made this for my college daughter and she loved it. It just looks like an ordinary box, right? Ahh, but we all know the magic is within! First things first. Tap the box with your wand and place an undetectable extension charm on it. We are going to need all the space we can get. C u tomorrow for the beginning of the build. ; D cheers!
This was a wooden castle that I found at Michaels craft store in the wood craft isle. It's a great size for The Harry Potter Mini Collection toy figures (Amazon.com). The toy action figures are all under 4" tall and perfectly playable for the Harry Potter fan. Also, what I liked about this project is that it was quick and easy. It took me about a week from beginning to end. It was fun and I used alot left over craft supplies I already had.
To decorate my interpretation of Hogwarts I used scrapbook paper, stickers, bits and bobbs, miniatures from the fairy garden isle and half scale miniatures. Some stuff I had, I wasn't too picky about the paper, stickers or even the accessories. Some of the tiny furniture had to be modified or painted. I even used some Lego pieces. I just wanted to have fun with this project. I also used two strands of moon lights (one each side) to illuminate Hogwarts.
Crazy Harry Potter inspired box. DIY with Tim Holtz and Dylusions , ink spray, stickers, glitter, bits and bobbs, etc.
Start with a white craft box. I wanted to experiment and also keep it fun. So I textured on a bit of gesso here and there. After it dried, I sprayed on blue ink spray and blotted the excess off. Then sprayed on purple ink spray. Blotted the excess off. Then a bit more blue. After that, it was all about decorating it. I used what ever I had on hand. I cut out three glittery characters from a Halloween card. They represent Harry, Ron and Hermione. It wanted it to be completely crazy and off the wall. So I used what I had and just went with it.
A sampling of some of the art supplies. However, I continue to point out, I just used what I had and tried to get crazy with it. I wanted the box to be colorful with a blue and purple night sky background. I wanted it to be a fun project so I was sure to use glitter! Lol, I felt like a kid making a huge mess.
A Hogwarts Expression (castle toy, shadow box Or miniature half scale) DIY How to. Fantastic Beasts coming soon (DIY How to project)
I left the back walls unstoned so that a could used scrapbook paper to create a fun shadow box backdrop. After applying brick and stone where u want it, paint in this order to create a faux castle stone finish. Paint a solid coat of Sandstone or Suede colored craft paint. When dry, dry brush on lightly Mudstone or Barnwood colored craft paint. When dry, very lightly and only here and there, dry brush on Antique gold craft paint.
Hogwarts expression shadow box, toy or half scale miniature DIY how to. fantastic beasts coming soon.
Cheers! I'm Erin Hellebuck. The nutter artist who loves to make things inspired by the wondrous world of Harry Potter. I have a husband, kids and dogs. I've read all the books and seen all the movies. As my fascination with HP grows...so does my odd assortment of hand crafted HP artifacts. It is time to share so you can be an HP nutter too! Thanks for visiting,
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