I was not paid for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. I did receive a copy of the book to facilitate my review.
My daughter has chosen this year to read the entire Harry Potter Book series. This means that everything Harry Potter is huge in this house. When I was approached to review The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter I was excited to give it a try. One of the ways R and I spend time together is through crafting. I knew that this would make her happy while giving us things we could work on together.
Harry Potter Wand Pencil Craft
In honor of the new school year we decided to try out the Wand Pencils project from the book. Let me share how that went.
Brown Acrylic Paint
Red Acrylic Paint
Gold Acrylic Paint
What to do:
Start by using your glue gun to make a design on each pencil you will be making. Be as creative or simple as you want.
I wanted to paint the entire pencil in one sitting so I hot glued them on to cardboard standing up. Mix your red, brown, and gold until you get a color you are happy with. Paint the entire pencil and let dry.
If you want to add a personal touch to the pencil wands you can add gold on your glue areas. This gave it a nice look for us.
Once your pencil wands are dry add a coat of mod podge to seal the paint. I added a few drops of gold paint to give them a magical sparkle. You can do the same or just use straight mod podge.
The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter Review
When we first received the book and I showed it to my daughter she took it from me right away. She spent the next hour bookmarking every craft she wanted to do. I’ll give you a little hint about how that went. She marked every single page in the book! She was so excited to start getting crafty with her favorite subject.
We started out by making her the House Colors tie dye shirt. She went to camp this Summer representing Gryffindor 100%. The instructions were easy to follow and the finished project was beautiful. She loved her shirt.
As a mom, I was both excited by this book and skeptical. With so much on Pinterest, I questioned whether it would have anything new. I will say I was not disappointed at all. There are quite a few crafts that seem to be unique to the book. Some of the crafts are relatively simple while others involved more time and detailed work. I also found that the supplies on some of the crafts were very affordable while others were on the pricey side. You will have to decide if you are willing to buy the book knowing that some of the crafts will cost you more to make. That being said, the costly crafts are beautiful and look like they are worth the extra money.
As a whole I would highly recommend this book.
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