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 dafont.com (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.
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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.

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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.
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The only problem that I have with this bag now is, do I give it to the kids or keep it for myself?

 

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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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