It’s that time of year again – time for Harry Potter crafting here on the blog! Every year at the end of July, I celebrate my love for Harry Potter with themed projects and tutorials! This year I’ve cooked up some fun new ones I am excited to share with you – starting with these DIY Harry Potter Notepads! This week was also the beginning of the Happy Harry Potter Series over at Rae Gun Ramblings. For two weeks, bloggers from all over the blogosphere share their Harry Potter crafts in this fun series. Plus, there is a huge giveaway!
Today’s craft is a great DIY that makes a wonderful gift for any Potterhead! The best part – it’s a free printable!! I love making mini notepads and wanted to put a Harry Potter spin on them featuring the Hogwarts houses. There are free printables for Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. I even included two for Ravenclaw with both color schemes associated with the House – blue and bronze (books) and blue and silver (movies).
These take very few supplies and are designed to fit around 3″ x 5″ notepads. They are a great way to show off your house pride! Below is the tutorial and you’ll find the free printables at the end of this post!
Supplies Needed for DIY Harry Potter Notepads
- Free printables (located at the end of this post)
- White card stock – I print on 110lb bright white paper
- Mounting board (link under “Supplies Needed”)
- 3″ x 5″ notepads
- Glue stick
- Paper cutter and/or Scissors
- Black Sharpie
- X-Acto Knife and matt board
- Scoring board and stylus
Step One: Download and print the files for the house notepad you want to make. Remember to print the file at 100% so it will fit the 3″x 5″ notepad. Print on a white cardstock. I use 110lb paper (link at the end of this post). Cut out all three pieces from the free printable. There is an argyle notepad cover, a notepad liner, and a notepad header with the house name on it.
Cut out three pieces from the tag board using an X-Acto knife and matt board. You’ll need two pieces that measure 3.25″ x 5.25″ and one that measures .25″ x 5.25″.
Step Two: Prepare the argyle notepad cover with score lines. Score the tabs on all four sides as well as the notepad spine. To mark the spine, find the center of the notepad and score 3/16″ out from it on either side OR plan to score at 3 5/16″ and 3 11/16″.
Fold along the score lines.
Step Three: Glue the tag board pieces to the back of the argyle notepad cover. Start with the spine, centering it in the space you just scored for the spine.
Next, glue the two large tag board pieces to the argyle notepad cover. Leave a small space in between the covers and the spine so the notepad can close. Before the glue dries, practice closing the notepad a few times so you know it will close. If you do not leave a little gap, the notepad cover will tear when you close the notepad.
Step Four: Wrap the sides of the notepad cover around the tag board. Start with the short sides using the glue stick.
Before gluing the top and bottom flaps, miter the corners by clipping off a small triangle from each corner. Make sure you aren’t clipping the triangle too close to the corner. I left a little gap.
Glue the flaps down and you will have nicely mitered corners!
Step Five: Add the notepad liner. Before gluing, center the liner on the notepad and mark the score lines. I was able to do this using my scoring tool and gently pressing into the liner along the gaps in the tag board.
Once you do this, apply glue to the back of the liner. Then adhere in place. Let the notepad sit for a few minutes. Gently go over the score lines with the stylus and close the notepad. If the liner comes up when you close the notepad, press it back down and wait a little longer. The score lines will help the notepad close without the liner bubbling up.
Step Six: Add the 3″ x 5″ notepad. The notepads I found were red at the top, so before covering them with the header I created, I colored the sides of the red part with a black Sharpie.
Score the header at 7/8″ and 1 1/8″. Fold along the score lines and glue to the top of the notepad.
Glue the notepad to the right side of the notepad cover. Before the glue dries, open and close the notepad so you know the notepad is positioned in the right spot!
Let the notepad sit under a few heavy books overnight and it’s finished!
The notepads are so fun and so useful! They are perfect for keeping at your desk, in your purse or in the car. I love the little quotes on the left and the worn, old-timey look of the printable.
I’ll be back next week with more Harry Potter-themed crafts! Make sure you head over to Rae Gun Ramblings to check out the other Harry Potter crafts and enter the giveaway!