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Treat boxes + Harry Potter! What’s not to love? If you like paper crafting, you’ll love these DIY Harry Potter House Treat Boxes! The pattern is based on an origami shirt and modified to hold treats! They are the perfect size for holding Bernie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans or any other candy you may have picked up at Honeydukes! These make great party favors and are the perfect little gift for Harry Potter fans.
This project was a lot of fun to create and see come together! I created an SVG cut file to use with my Cricut Explore, which definitely helped cut out all of the small pieces needed to turn each box into a different Hogwarts’ House. You can download the FREE cut file at the end of the post. If you don’t have a cutting machine, don’t worry! You can still create these using the PDF pattern also provided! These boxes do take some time to put together, so if you love paper, check out the tutorial below! If you’re looking for a quicker Harry Potter treat box, check out my Harry Potter pillow boxes!
I love these boxes, not just because I love paper crafting and Harry Potter, but as a costume designer I love looking at the evolution of the house uniforms. They underwent lots of changes in the movies. I chose to base these treat boxes on the original school uniforms from the first movie – that is, after all, where everything started!
It’s fascinating to look at how the world grew as the movies went on. If the production of the Harry Potter world is of interest to you, I strongly recommend the book, Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey. It has so much information in it and hundred of pictures! I absolutely love this book :)
Enough chit-chat! On to the project!! Below is the tutorial for creating your own DIY Harry Potter House Treat Boxes! You’ll find the free SVG cut file and PDF patterns at the end of this post :)
Supplies Needed for Harry Potter House Treat Boxes!:
- 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white paper – I use 110lb white card stock.
- Grey paper – for sweater
- Black paper – for robe
- House colors for sweater detail and tie
- Gryffindor – scarlet and gold
- Ravenclaw – blue and bronze
- Hufflepuff – yellow and black
- Slytherin – green and silver
- Glue stick
- Tape runner or Scor-Pal Tape – I just discovered Scor-Pal Tape and love it!! It is stronger than a tape runner or glue stick, making it perfect for treat boxes! It is not re-positionable, though.
- House crest badges – I Google-searched “Harry Potter house crest” and printed the images to be 3/4″ tall.
Creating the House Robes:
Before you assemble the origami shirt box, prepare the house robe decorations! You can use the PDF pattern and cut your own paper pieces or use the SVG cut file with a cutting machine. Make sure you decide which house robes you want to make first so you know what colors to use for the sweater and tie details.
Once all of the pieces are cut, assemble them using a glue stick. I glued the tie pieces together then set them aside. The two black triangle pieces are for the sleeves. The rest of the pieces make the main sweater. Start with the large grey sweater piece and add the sweater details on top. I gave the ribbing of the sweater a fun look by scoring it every 1/8″. Glue the black robe pieces to the very top and then add the house crests.
Assemble the Origami Shirt Box
Start with a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock.
Fold it in half lengthwise; then open it back up and fold the left and right sides into the middle.
Turn over to the back (side that doesn’t open up) and score 1″ from the top.
Score at 3 5/8″ and 5 1/4″ from the bottom.
Fold the top down along the 1″ score line towards the back.
Turn to the front side. Create the sleeves of the robe by scoring lines from the center of the bottom score line out to each corner as shown below. Fold along those lines.
Glue the two black triangles to the sleeve flaps, lining the right corners up first. Fill in any gaps along the diagonal line with black Sharpie or marker.
Cut along the bottom score lines from the center to the folded edge – just cutting through the top layer of paper.
Create four small tabs by marking 3/8″ from each end. Score and fold the flaps.
Create the collar next by marking 1 1/4″ down from the top along the center line on. Fold both of the top corners to this line.
Glue bottom sleeve flaps down and the two flaps on top down.
Before finishing the assembly of the box, this is a good time to apply the house robe decorations to the shirt front side of the box. You can tell where the front of the box is by looking for the black sleeves. Start by gluing the school tie down.
Then adhere the house robe – I chose to use Scor-tape since it is really strong and durable.
If there is a gap of white showing at the bottom of the sweater, go ahead and fill it in with black Sharpie or marker. Some of my boxes had a gap and some didn’t, so I think it depends on your folding. You can go over the sides of the robe in black as well.
After the decorations have been applied, attach the bottom tabs to the back of the side you just decorated. I used Scor-tape again. You can also use hot glue. Just make sure it is something stronger than a glue stick.
Glue the top tabs to the back of the shirt.
The collar keeps the front of the shirt closed. Just pull back on the collar to slip the front of the shirt under the collar points and the shirt box is finished!
These would make fun party favors filled with Harry Potter-themed sweets and treats, great gift card holders, or just a fun gift to give another Potterhead :)
Below are the free files, available as a PDF and an SVG cut file. I’ll be back later this week with another fun Harry Potter-themed DIY! Don’t forget to visit Rae Gun Ramblings to catch all of the other fun Harry Potter projects from around the blogosphere AND to enter into the Harry Potter raffle!
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