Inspiration comes from the strangest places. My daughter is nine, more precisely she is 9 and 3/4. This is very important, because you know what else is 9 ¾? The platform that the Hogwarts Express leaves from! So it makes perfect sense to celebrate your 9 ¾ birthday in a Harry Potter themed way. Let’s call it 9 ¾ Day.
Now this wasn’t a full-blown birthday party. Just a little gathering of Wizarding World loving friends and family (muggles tolerated) for some food, activities, and of course a Harry Potter movie!
So without further ado, here’s how we celebrated our 9 ¾ day:
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9 ¾ Day Celebration
Monster Book of Monsters
The inspiration for this craft came from a pin on making a mini-monster book. But since we wanted to make a book we could actually use, and not mess around with gluing post-its to book board, or sewing, we made a few changes and here’s what we did.
You will need:
- Inexpensive journals or sketch books.
- Half a yard of furry fabric – This depends on the size of the books. The bigger the books, the more fabric. We used a standard journal size, approximately 6″long x 4″ wide x 1″ tall.
- Glue – Lots of glue. We’ve made this with both tacky glue and hot glue. If you’re using tacky glue, you’ll also want a popsicle stick or something to spread the glue.
- Googly Eyes
- Red Felt – For the tongue and inside of the book cover
- White Felt – For the teeth (this link will take you to a set of different colored felt squares)
How to Make It
- Open the book and lay it on the fur.
- Cut the fur so that it’s about 1″ bigger than the book on all sides.
- Next, cover the entire back of the book with glue and set it on the fur you cut out. Press it down.
- Start on one side, and glue to the inside edge of the book cover, then fold the fur onto the glue and press it down. Then cut the excess from each corner. You may also want to cut the fur at the book binding for better folding and adhesion.
- Repeat this for all sides.
- Once you have the fur securely attached, cut out two strips of teeth from the white felt. Be sure to leave about 2″ of uncut felt for gluing to the inside of the book cover.
- Glue the teeth on.
- Cut out the tongue from the red felt and glue it on.
- If desired, line the inside book covers with red felt.
- Glue on the eyes.
You can find the recipe for Polyjuice Potion here. Its’s pretty simple. Just sherbet, sprite, and green food coloring. We mixed ours right in the bottle.
HINT: If you use a wine carafe (which has a larger mouth than a bottle), you’ll be able to do this and avoid having to mix in a bowl and funnel it into the bottle.
We also added a chalkboard label to our Polyjuice bottle to make it look and feel more authentic.
Hope you enjoy these fun activities. You can find these and many more Harry Potter themed ideas on my 9 ¾ Day Celebration Pinterest board!