Welcome to a weekend edition of Pottermas. Today Nicole, Elizabeth and I will be sharing a few crafts we have recently been working on which happen to be inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies.
The tutorial I will be sharing is on how to make your very own Hogwarts letter envelopes. We made these for Elizabeth’s shower. For a personal touch, we decided to address them based on the guest’s personality and where he or she might enjoy hanging out in the wizarding world.
Let’s get started. For the Hogwarts letters, you will need the following:
- Envelopes (I used beige as they already the beginnings of the “hue” we want to make them look “aged”.
- Tan or Brown colored ink pad. (Quick-drying ink will help you not have to wait for ages for things to dry).
- Wax (for melting and creating the Hogwarts seal)
- Hogwarts or Your House seal stamp
- Emerald green brush pen or marker
- Paper towel (with some texture) or small sponge
- Newspaper or kraft paper (to work on so your table won’t get messy)
- Owl mail inspired stamp or stickers
- Lighter (to melt wax)
Step 1: Get Inked
Lightly pad paper towel onto the ink pad. Lightly start dabbing the corners of the envelopes and work your way to the center. The outer corners and sides should be a little darker and the center should be fairly light. Use dabbing and sliding motions with the paper towel to create different textures and lighter or darker impressions. (Hint: Start with very light ink, and make it darker as you go along and decided how “aged” you want the letters to be.)
Step 2: Let envelopes fully dry
Step 3: Owl Postage
Using your inked Owl mail stamp (I got mine on Etsy) make a postmark on the top right. If you want you can elaborate with an Owl postal service sticker on the bottom left (I got the image on Etsy and printed them on clear sticky paper).
Step 4: Addressing Your Letters
Address your letters using the emerald ink marker or pen. I was making these for Elizabeth’s baby shower and we decided to use places in the Harry Potter books to address our letters to. We also based our addresses on the guests’ personalities and likes for a special personalized touch.
Step 5: Time to Wax on
Using a lighter I lit up the wax sealer and let drips fall onto the back of the envelope to seal our letters. Nicole was kind enough to loan us her official Hogwarts wax seal stamp to put the finishing touch. While the wax is still hot, slowly press the seal into the wax. Hold for a few seconds and slowly pull off. An impression should be left in place of the seal.
What did you think of my Hogwarts letter inspired envelopes? Have you ever tried crafting something based on the Harry Potter series? I would love to hear all about them. Make sure to follow along with Pottermas by following the hashtag #Pottermas16. Also, don’t forget to visit Nicole at Nicole’s Novel Reads and Elizabeth at BookYabber for other fun crafts.