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6/18/18

Wizarding School Charms, Class and Games


When you attend wizard school, classes are a must. But not just any classes, special Herbology classes to learn about the care of Mandrakes and wizards have to learn spells with their wands like the levitation charm, Wingardium Leviosa. These make perfect games and activities for any Harry Potter or Wizarding World fan. Plus, they are super simple to set up and provides great entertainment. 

Herbology Class - Mandrakes


Wizarding students need to learn and care for magical plants and creatures like the Mandrake plant. To create this Herbology game and learn how to care for baby Mandrakes, grab a few mini terracotta pots, baby Mandrakes, a few faux leaf bushes and green tissue paper. Glue a single leaf branch to the top of your Mandrakes head using super glue and let dry.


Stuff your pot with green tissue paper and place your Mandrake in the pot. Don't forget to attach your Mandrake lable to the front of each pot. 



All wizard students know that a baby Mandrakes scream can be leathal, so earmuffs are a must. To win the Mandrake game, I glued two baby Mandrakes to one leaf stem and whoever chose the pot with the two babies won a prize!


Wingardium Leviosa

Next up was charms class to learn spells and cast a charm with our wands. First up was the levitation spell, Wingardium Leviosa.


Using their wands, they practiced the "Swish and Flick" movement with their wands while practicing casting the charm, Wingardium Leviosa. Once they were proficiant students grabbed a balloon color that matched their house to start the game.


To play, wizarding students had to balance and "levitate" their balloons with nothing but their wands, staying in place while competing against their house mates. The one who levitated their balloon the longest from each house won and competed against each other to find out which house reigned supreme. The last one standing won a prize.


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6/15/18

Wizard House Sorting Ceremony


Do you have a favorite Hogwarts house? Are you a tried and true Gryffindor? Honest and just Hufflepuff? Maybe a Slytherin or Ravenclaw? Whatever your Hogwarts house is, this sorting ceremony will be perfect for your next Harry Potter party or maybe you just want to celebrate getting into your favorite wizard school. Set up is simple and the memories will last forever! 


The centerpiece of our ceremony was of course the Sorting Hat and Gryffindor Robe. We placed a chair for our wizard students to sit in while the hat sorted them into their houses. A small black cauldron held strips of paper with the house names printed on them. Students grabbed a piece of paper while the hat was placed on their head. 


Handmade house scarves and the Gryffindor Scarf were placed on a backdrop stand and placed behind the chair. This provided a colorful backdrop to sit in front of and they were ready to grab when placed in their respective houses.




Wizard students took turns sitting in the chair and placing the sorting hat on their head awaiting to be sorted into the Hogwarts house.


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6/13/18

DIY Monster Book of Monsters


Ready to create and craft up some amazing Harry Potter inspired products for your party or home? I crafted our very own Monster Book of Monsters for my son's birthday party a few months back, but now it sits displayed on our bookshelf for all to admire. It's a converstation starter for sure. It was a very simple project that only only took a few hours to make. The longest part was waiting for the glue to dry. 



What you need:
How to Make:

1. Cut craft fur to fit around book box and using the craft adhesive, secure fur to outside of box, around the spine, front and back. Leaving the space where the book opens and closes free of fur. 


2. Once glue dries, using hot glue, glue on eye balls, 4 in a row.
3. Cut out and attach book titles.
4. Using felt, cut out teeth from the white felt and a tongue from the red and glue in place under the flap that opens the book box.


5. Optional, using remainng fur, glue 2 strips onn either side of the teeth to create the "book closure".

Now, you have your very own Monster Book of Monsters.

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6/11/18

7 Perfect Farmhouse Finds on Amazon



I love decorating my house and changing things up as my style evolves. Right now, I am totally into the rustic farmhouse style, as it the rest of America. But, I don't really have the budget to go all out so, I hand picked a few key pieces I have purchased from Amazon and implemented them into my home that are simply perfect! 


1. Farmhouse Pillows
Beautiful buffalo check canvas pillows always makes a statement. I love these for the couch, a chair or even a reading space. I have mine on an entry bench.

2. Farmhouse Boxwood Wreath
Perfect for your front door or even just hanging in your kitchen, these farmhouse boxwood wreaths add texture and a bit of color to your farmhouse style.

3. Bread Box
I have never been one to want to own a bread box. They were always something I remember my grandparents having. But, one look at this vintage metal bread box and I was sold. I snagged this bad boy up to spruce up my kitchen counter and it's the perfect accessory. 

4. Metal Basket
Blankets, pillows and even possibly fireplace logs would all look perfect in this metal basket. However, I use mine to store balls and sports equipement for my boys. 
5. Tobacco Baskets
I am not sure how the tobacco basket became a staple of the farmhouse movement, but I do love the look of them. I currently have one on my fireplace and another hanging up for decor and I think it add a finished look to my decor.
6. Buffalo Check Table Runner
Black and white was not my idea of color but one look of this runner and I knew I must have it. I think it brings in a bit of subtle charm to and otherwise very bold statement with the farmhouse feel.
7. 3 Tier Metal Serving Tray
I just adore this metal serving tray and I have mine proudly displayed on my kitchen table full of accent pieces that are easily interchangable throughout each season. 

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