The Craft Wizards is a space dedicated to those who enjoy the YouTube show Crafting With Cocktails. Here you can find details about how to make what was put together on the show including drink recipes, patterns, and even kits to build your own crafts at home!
This summer I had the unique opportunity to produce a fashion show fundraiser online. We set everything up with greenscreens, multiple cameras, computers, and lights everywhere, turning a board room into a studio. The interesting piece of it was that the fashion portions were all produced beforehand, edited down to you got multiple angles as the models walked down the ‘runways’.
Now, I didn’t design any clothes for this year’s fashion show, though I did for the previous 3 shows. You can see all of the looks I put together for 2019 on this page.
We’re living in some awfully interesting times right now, between a global pandemic, an election year, and economic turmoil. I came up with some ideas on how to make masks and figured I’d share them if you’d like to make your own. There are descriptions on each picture as to what I was doing
I made this pattern with a paper towel on a mold of my face
Because the pattern is made of paper towel, I can see the pattern of the fabric through it and make design choices accordingly
Once you have your pieces cut, stitch the nose and chin pieces down and trim to the points
cut excess fabric and press your seams
Stitch lining and fashion fabric right sides together
Hem the edge, add the straps
Struggle just a little
Wear as festive hat
Hide Surprises in the pouch!
Remember what the surprise was
Sew in ties with elastic
Use a neutral backing so you know which side is the inside
I hope you enjoy this little tidbit, I had fun making the masks. If you want to join in while I make some of these things, join me on Twitch.tv/grantscovel for twice-weekly streams of crafting and other fun!
Many years ago I used to specialize in making obscure costume crafts in my University’s Theatre department. As such, I became a milliner by making many of the hats, crowns, and headpieces. This week I made a casual wizard’s hat from scratch to relive the fun moments I had of hat-making many years ago!
Pins, a pencil, tape, thread, sewing machine
Making the form
Start everything off by measuring around your head where a hat usually sits. This should be the largest point of your head and may range anywhere from 18″ to 25″. Use this head size to create the shape you want your hat out of aluminum foil on the foam head. When you have the desired shape, tape and pin the form to the foam head.
Patterning the hat
Pin strips of scrap fabric onto the form paying attention to where the fabric wrinkles. Smooth out the wrinkles as much as possible and pin it into place. Using a pencil or marker, sketch out the general shape of the piece at the edge of where the wrinkles still exist.
Start pinning a new strip of fabric to create your next pattern piece. Making the piece as flat as possible, smooth out the wrinkles until you’re satisfied with the smoothness of the fabric. Draw a line where the pattern piece overlaps the first piece. Repeat this step until you have all of the pattern pieces you want.
Transfer the pattern onto some paper. I find the easiest way to do this is with a pounce wheel, a device that looks like it’s used for torture but is quite useful in the craft room. It pokes holes into the paper which you can then trace around. While tracing the holes, you can smooth out the lines from the previous pieces for a more streamlined and even pattern. I suggest using a french curve, or a bowl and ruler. Cut out your corrected pattern and transfer it onto a new fabric, then cut the fabric out adding seam allowance as you go.
Put it all together
Stitch the pieces together along the original lines from your pattern. Try the base of the hat on to make sure it fits and you have the bottom of the hat where you’d like it to land on your head. You can finish it off the edges of the hat how it is, or add a fun brim. If you’d like to go for the brim, you can use a bowl to round out a piece of fabric to fit your head or sculpt a pattern out of paper and cut it out. Attach and put it on your head. You are a hat master.
This is actually a pretty simple and straightforward craft- it only took about 20 minutes to make including drink time and getting distracted by various things around my house. All you’ll need is an old t-shirt, some polyester fiber-fill (or whatever else you might want to stuff it with) and a sewing machine.
Planning to make one? Tweet me a picture, I’d love to see how yours turns out!
Many Wizarding cocktail recipes are way more complex than they need to be, so I sat down with my friend Lindsay to create some very simple cocktails based on various concoctions from the Wizarding World. Here are 5 simple Harry Potter inspired cocktails:
1 part Rum
1 part green juice (we used “Owl Eyes” from Shine Potions– also consider Green Machine from Naked Juices)
2 parts soda water
1 part Limoncello (add 1 container of Pearl dust powder to a 750 ml bottle. Be sure you get the correct powder or it will not have the same effect)
2 parts sparkling wine
Soda water (to taste)
1 part Disaronno
Dash of rose water
1 part red juice (we used “Fairy Bubbles” from Shine Potions, though any fruit juice will work)
Soda Water (to taste)
This could go a couple different ways. Here’s the one we made:
1 part rum
1 part spicy juice (we used “Three Laughing Monks” from Shine Potions, though you may try cranberry or cherry juice with a dash of your favorite spice like ginger or cayenne)
2 parts soda water
Another thought we came up with was as follows:
1 part pepper vodka
2 parts cranberry juice
1 part soda water
Splash of Butterscotch Schnapps
1 part vanilla vodka
1 part cream soda
2 parts soda water
I hope you enjoy the recipes we came up with! If you have any improvements, leave a comment below or tweet me @GrantScovel
As most everyone already knows, I’m more than a little obsessed with The Wizarding World and Harry Potter fandom. This week’s Crafting With Cocktails is all about making Hogwarts letters for your friends! I am hosting a birthday party in a week and wanted all of my friends who have been just as engaged in HP to have a truly magical experience.
Parchment. I used Southworth 32lb. Ivory parchment that I purchased at Office Depot.
Step 1: Create your letter. Below is the text that I used in my letter:
of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Headmaster Minerva McGonagall
(Order of Merlin, First Class, Supreme Badass,
International Confederation of Stink-eye)
We are pleased to inform you that you have been invited to [Name of birthday person]’s [Age they are turning] birthday party. Please find enclosed the address and instructions for your arrival. The party begins on [Date] at 7pm. Please RSVP no later than [Date] by Facebook or Owl.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Guests will require:
1. Robes of your choosing, preferably in the style of your favorite Wizarding World character
2. Any libations you prefer outside of the usual potions provided
3. A wand
The address of this celebration is [Address]. [Add additional instructions here, for example:] To enter the building, use the code #### and find the appropriate key for the second door.
Broomstick parking will be made available. Street parking for muggle vehicles.
Chief Attendant of Witchcraft Provisions
Step 2: Add the Hogwarts crest at the center of the top of your letter. Add signatures above the names you place on the letter. Print these out and fold in half.
Step 3: Print your letter and fold in half. Place in an envelope.
Step 4: Adress your envelope with as much detail as you can.
Step 5: Using your ink pad and Hogwarts stamp, stamp the logo on the envelope flap.
Step 6: Using your Hot glue gun and red hot glue, seal the envelope and stamp in with the wax seal.
If you are going to mail your letters, be sure to purchase “Non-machinable” stamps, otherwise, the machinery they use in the postal system may deteriorate the quality of your letter. They are slightly more expensive than regular stamps but well worth the surprise!
Luna Lovegood is one of my absolute favorite characters in the Harry Potter universe. I can relate to the way she was treated by the rest of the world because it’s something I consistently deal with as well just being ‘a bit odd’ in any given situation. As such, I wanted to continue my Luna Lovegood cosplay with the Butterbeer Cork Necklace from the movies.
A champagne cork
Light blue beads
Decorative bead cap
One 1″ eye pin (metal pin with loop on one end)
Step 1: Carve the rounded end of your champagne cork until smooth.
Step 2: Lightly bend the edges of your decorative bead cap so they can sit flush against the large side of your cork.
Step 3: Insert the eye pin through the middle of the bead cap and insert into the middle of the top of the cork. You may consider using a different pin before to make a channel for your nice pin.
Step 4: Make two long beaded necklaces out of the blue beads and fishing line that can both fit over your head.
Step 5: Attach the head of the eye pin on your cork to one side of the S-hook. Place the other side of the S-hook onto one of the two beaded necklaces.
You’re done! Now you have a unique piece of DIY jewelry that will help keep the Nargles away!
I’ve always loved the idea of making my home more like Hogwarts, and floating candles in the Great Hall are a perfect way to create that vibe!
Toilet Paper Rolls
Hot glue & glue gun
Start by dripping hot glue down the sides of your toilet paper roll. This will simulate a wax look. Next, paint the candles white or off-white.
Poke holes in the side of the tube and thread fishing line through them. Add a second set of holes right above them and thread the ends through those holes. Drop an electric tealight into the top of the ‘candle’ and the fishing line should hold it in place. Hang your enchanted candles in groups around your house and BOOM! You have yourself a lovely yet awkward conversation starter for your friends who haven’t read Harry Potter!
This week was a quick and easy craft which I’ve had in the back of my head for a long time! I wanted to make a stamp that mirrored the idea of the Marauders Map from the Harry Potter series. Just some simple footprints that can walk across any document to make it a little more exciting! This craft seriously only takes about 5 minutes to put together. Here are the materials you’ll need!
A wine cork
A precision cutting tool (x-acto knife, scissors, whatever you like best)
Draw a small footprint on the fun foam and cut it out. Leave the heel of the shoe/foot print attached and just trim a gap out of the arch of the footprint. Use the ink to make two footprints and cut them both out. Now stamp one of the two footprints you just made on the foam to make a fourth footprint. This will give you two footprints of each foot.
Peel the sticky back of your fun foam footprints off and alternate the four pieces onto your cork. Test the stamp on some paper and if anything is wrong with it, you can peel a footprint up and realign it!