How to make Harry Potter inspired Monster Book of Monsters. These make great handmade gifts, and the customization step makes a fun party activity.
These little Harry Potter Monster Book of Monsters were a big hit at Emma’s Harry Potter party! Emma covered the books in advance, with party-goers finishing the books by adding teeth and eyes.
DIY Harry Potter Monster Book of Monsters Tutorial
Emma came up with the idea of making these books from Emily’s Harry Potter Party over at ikatbag. But just as Emma has her own way of making Harry Potter wands, she also has her own way of making Monster Book of Monsters books! Check out Emma’s method below.
DIY Monster Book of Monsters Materials
We used these materials for this project:
- Faux fur. We found our colorful faux fur from JoAnn Fabrics. we bought faux fur built on a woven base, and so the edges needed to be sealed (see tutorial). If you can find faux fur you like that is build on a knit base you will be able to skip this step.
- Sargent Art Tacky Glue. We were sent this glue to review. It worked perfectly for this project.
- Mini composition books
- 30mm googly eyes. These come with adhesive backs – no glue required.
- White felt
- Gingher Dressmaker’s Shears are optional, but they will make the cutting process much less frustrating. They are very sharp; our party goers were given Fiskars children’s scissors to cut out their monster teeth.
How to Make a Monster Book of Monsters
1) Cut out enough fur to cover your notebook.
2) Glue the fur to your book.
3) Cut out your teeth using white felt.
Note: Emma used two separate pieces of felt to make her top and bottom teeth, but at the party we realized that it is much easier to cut the teeth straight down the center of a single piece. You will still have enough felt to glue on the top and bottom teeth, you only need to cut once instead of twice, and the top and bottom teeth look like they go together. Not that monster will necessarily match…
Our partygoers got to customize their monster teeth. Emma precut strips of felt for the teeth, so they were only customizing the jagged teeth. The kids enjoyed this! Some made square teeth, and one child made their monster have two single pointy vampire teeth.
4) Glue or tape your teeth to your book.
The kids used tacky glue to attach the teeth at our party, but double sided tape is even less messy. The tacky glue worked well with a group of eleven-year-olds, but I might use double sided tape for younger children.
5) If needed, seal the edges of the fabric.
You can skip this step if your faux fur is attached to a knit backing. Ours was woven, which meant that – without sealing – it would eventually shed all its fur. We solved this problem by running a thin layer of tacky glue around the edges and letting it dry before the party.
6) Attach your monster’s eyes.
Emma put only two eyes on her samples, but one of her friends fit eight eyes on this little notebook! Kids also made three-eyed, five-eyed, and one-eyed monsters.
7) Enjoy your book!
Emma loves spotting the monster book of monsters that her friends made out and about!
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