DIY Harry Potter Halloween Costume
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DIY Harry Potter Halloween Costume

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Halloween costumes can be expensive. Save money by making your own Harry Potter costume.  Follow these easy steps.What does your child want to be for Halloween this year? Fans of the Harry Potter series might want to dress up as a Hogwarts student. Purchasing a brand new costume can be expensive. You can save money if you put together the costume yourself. Here are some tips that will help you to do it.

It was recently announced that J. K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter books) is working on a new movie that is set in the “Harry Potter universe”. This could inspire excited fans to want to dress as Hogwarts students for Halloween this year. Fortunately, putting together this costume is fairly easy. Just repurpose items that you already have at home!

How to Make a Harry Potter Costume

You will need:
* One black graduation gown (Borrow it from the graduate in your family)
* One striped tie (That matches one of the “houses” in the books)
* One white, button down, shirt (Borrow it from your child’s school uniform)
* One pair of black pants (Your child probably has at least one pair that will do)
* One pair of black dress shoes (You might be able to get away with black tennis shoes)
* One House Badge
* One wand

How to Make a House Badge:
There are two ways to do this. Those of you skilled at drawing might be able to sketch one out. Keep in mind that the House Badge and the tie have to have the same color scheme. It is a good idea to ask your child which House he or she wants to be in before you get started.

Or, you can follow the instructions in the 25 Hour Books blog to make a House Badge. The directions require you to obtain tattoo paper (as in the kind of tattoos that children wear). Stick the House Badge onto the black graduation gown.

How to Make a Wand:
There are pre-made Harry Potter wands that you can purchase – but they are expensive! Instead, follow the step-by-step directions at Instructables and make your own wand. You need paper, some paint, and a little bit of creativity. Use a glue gun to seal the edges of the wand (and to add details to the outside of the wand).

One of the cool things about this costume is that it is genderless. The boys and girls who attended Hogwarts all wore the exact same uniform. The only difference was in the color of the House Badge and the tie.

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