One of my good friends turned 27 on the 1st, and I've been feverishly working on her birthday present since... ummm... the 30th. But it's OK; I won't see her until next week so I'm not actually late. Anyway, I was inspired by a bunch of posts here to create a trunk of Harry Potter stuff for her, so here is the result:
And a closer look:
The wand was just made from that HP wand-out-of-paper-and-hot-glue tutorial (http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/)that has been floating around. Then I had some clear beads with gold and red swirls in them that I just threw in the box to make it seem extra special I wrapped the box with old Christmas wrapping paper and customized a label I found online.
This is the inside of the book, which I got at Hobby Lobby for half off. I carved the "Advanced Potions" into the front and filled it with silver paint... technically it should have been "Advanced Potion-Making" but my hand was tired, so I added an "S" and called it good I attempted a calligraphy-like font for the inside but it didn't work out so well.
Here's the back of the trunk with a SPEW sticker. The other stickers (which you may or may not be able to see) include an Irish National Quidditch Team sticker and a "Weasley is our King" sticker on the front.
Here's one side of the trunk, which was hand-drawn in a joint effort between my husband and me. I did the crest, the badger and the snake and decided that I couldn't do the raven and the lion properly, so he did those.
Other things from the box:
-An "Amorentia" potion bottle, bought at Hobby Lobby for $2, then I applied a label I photoshopped.
-A Marauder's Map, which you can download here... along with TONS of other HP craft and party ideas!: http://www.britta.com/hogwarts/Year6/prep/map/index.html
-A Howler, which is her birthday card. Inside is a piece of parchment that looks like this:
I kind of want to keep it for myself! Oh, I'm also going to make her a cake bon bon (a little ball of cake dipped in chocolate) that looks like a snitch - I bought gold glittery sprinkles to coat the ball in and then I'm going to draw wings out of white chocolate and stick them in the sides. But I won't make that until right before I give it to her. I might update later when I make that.
So, that's it! Oh, the trunk is just that cardboardy stuff you can buy at Hobby Lobby for super cheap. I keep trying to "age" it to look more like wood but I don't think I've been entirely successful. Oh well!