Casual Wizards Hat: CWC 4.21

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!

Supplies:

  1. Foam head
  2. Aluminum foil
  3. Pins, a pencil, tape, thread, sewing machine
  4. Fleece
  5. Paper

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.

DIY Neck Pillow

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!

Simple Harry Potter Cocktails: CWC 4.16

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:

Polyjuice Potion

  • 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

Felix Felicis

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  • 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)

Amortentia

  • 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)

Pepperup Potion

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

Butterbeer

  • 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

 

Hogwarts Letters! CWC 4.13

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.

Supplies:

  1. Parchment. I used Southworth 32lb. Ivory parchment that I purchased at Office Depot.
  2. A green pen
  3. A gold Sharpie
  4. A Hogwarts stamp which I purchased here
  5. An ink pad which I purchased here
  6. A Hogwarts crest wax seal which I purchase here
  7. Hot glue gun and red hot glue sticks OR Sealing Wax
  8. Lumos font which you can download here
  9. Aquiline Two font which you can download here
  10. A Hogwarts crest- I used this one
  11. 5.75×8.75 ivory envelopes
  12. A printer
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Finished Hogwarts letters! Note: I misspelled “Little Whinging”… Whoops…

Step 1: Create your letter. Below is the text that I used in my letter:

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Hogwarts School 

of Witchcraft and Wizardry 

Headmaster Minerva McGonagall

(Order of Merlin, First Class, Supreme Badass,

International Confederation of Stink-eye)

Dear [Attendee],

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.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name],

Deputy Headmistress

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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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.

Yours sincerely,

[Fictional name]

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.

IMPORTANT!

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!

Butterbeer Cork Necklace: CWC 4.12

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.

Materials:

  1. A champagne cork
  2. Light blue beads
  3. Fishing line
  4. Decorative bead cap
  5. “S” hook
  6. One 1″ eye pin (metal pin with loop on one end)
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Supplies for the Butterbeer Cork Necklace

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!

Hogwarts Enchanted Floating Candles! (CWC4.11)

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!

Materials:

  1. Fake Tealights
  2. Toilet Paper Rolls
  3. Acrylic paints
  4. Paint Brushes
  5. Hot glue & glue gun
  6. Fishing line

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.

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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!