DIY Harry Potter Book Bag

Good morning, y’all! The next few days I have some FABULOUS bloggers sharing their creativity with you….and today we’ve got Randi from Sowdering About in Seattle kickin’ it off with this uber-fun DIY Harry Potter Book Bag! So on to Randi….
There are three things you need to know about me.  One, I love coffee.  Two, I love to read.  And three, I love, absolutely adore, Harry Potter.  As a matter of fact, back in 2010, I read listened on audio to nothing else but Harry Potter.  All seven books on rotation.  For a year.
DIY Harry Potter Book Bag / by Sowdering About for Busy Mom's Helper #HarryPotter #Craft #SummerReading
Some people might think that is crazy, but honestly, I love how books can just take you away and when you are working in an accounting office, there is no better place to be than at Hogwarts.  But I digress…
This summer when the kids and I started visiting the library, I knew they needed something incredible to carry their books home with them.  I had been wanting to make a book bag like this for years now, and now I finally had a great excuse!
I downloaded the Harry Potter font from (who am I kidding, I’ve had it downloaded for years) and I cut out my letters on contact paper using my Silhouette.  A lot of people use freezer paper, but I haven’t used it before, so I just stuck to what I know which is contact paper.  Contact paper isn’t difficult to use, but it can be kind of finicky so you just have to be gentle with it.

When it was all cut out, I stuck it to my book bag.  I carefully added the centers to the “b” and the “o’s” using an X-acto blade.  I then used a black fabric paint to paint on the words. To set the paint, I used my blow dryer on high heat.  This isn’t necessary, but I was in too much of a hurry to see my end result so I couldn’t wait for it to dry on it’s own.

When the paint was dry, I gave it a good hard look and decided it needed a “Deathly Hallows” symbol as well, so I drew it on with a gold paint pen.  It was the finishing touch that this bag needed.
The only problem that I have with this bag now is, do I give it to the kids or keep it for myself?


I’m Randi and I blog over at Sowdering About in Seattle.  I like to write about my crafty adventures in the Emerald City and all the usually stressful fun stuff I do with my kids.
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