Hi, everyone. Is anyone else stressed because your kiddos don’t have Halloween costumes yet? I know I am!
Fortunately, my kids have switched from wanting to be Minions (Despicable Me), to wanting to be witches. As much fun as I think it would be to make Minion costumes, I am so grateful that they switched to something easier!
Dare I even say it? I might even buy the costumes instead of make them. I know. It hurts, but sometimes there just isn’t enough time for everything. I’m trying really hard get over the idea that I have to make everything myself. I just love to create things so much that it’s hard sometimes to step back and just buy it. Plus, I love to save money!
Speaking of making things myself and saving money . . . I’m so excited to share these DIY Harry Potter party favors! These were created back at a time when I had a little more time on my hands than I do now! Good news for you, though. I’ve already figured out what works and where to find the printable links, so you don’t have to.
Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans
These were my favorite project from the party. You can buy these online, but they are pricey and not nearly as cute. If you want to skip this project and just buy them, you can find them here at Amazon.) I am a total cheapskate, so let me tell you how I saved some money on these babies.
The original printable for these boxes created by Babet, and can be found here. She has generously allowed me to offer you my altered version that includes tabs to keep the boxes closed. Be sure to visit her site, because it’s full of Harry Potter party ideas. (Download link for my printable is at the end of this section.)
First, cut out the boxes and window holes. (Use a scoring tool or blade to make the folding easier.) Next, cut rectangles of clear cellophane (or use any stiff plastic you can find to recycle) to fit behind the window holes. Use double-sided tape to secure in place. Finally, assemble the boxes and secure the edges with double-sided tape (leaving the top open).
It would take a ton of jelly beans to fill these boxes. You don’t want to spend that much money, and the parents don’t want their kids to eat that much candy!
Try this instead:
Fill a snack-size ziplock bag with any combination of jelly beans. I used a mixture of regular jelly beans and generic jelly bellies. Slide the bag of jelly beans sideways into the box, and adjust it so that the ziplock is hidden from the windows.
To close the boxes, I put one glue dot in each top red section and pinched the top closed.
Chocolate Frog Boxes
Download the *free printable from Chica and Jo here. (I changed the color slightly. Your download will look more royal blue than purple.) *These printables might not be free anymore. I just checked the link, and it looks like it links you to an Etsy store. The good news is that the printable package also includes some other Harry Potter candy printables.
You definitely need a scoring blade for this project!
My chocolate frogs were made in this candy mold (from Amazon). I included the link at the end of this post. I bought it online just before the party, and it was perfect!
It’s probably easiest to use candy melts, but I used melted Hershey bars mixed with semi-sweet chocolate chips. The chocolate was soooo tasty!
Just melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or slowly in the microwave–stirring after every 30 seconds), pour it into the molds, and put it in the refrigerator to harden.
Since I had cards inside the boxes, I put the frogs inside a plastic bag before putting them in the boxes.
Famous Witch and Wizard Trading Cards
If you want your chocolate frogs to be really authentic, of course you need to include a trading card in each box! I created six different cards, so that the kids wouldn’t all get the same. I’m sure you’d be fine with only one (or none)!
The trading card images are protected by copywrite, so I cannot include them here. I will, however, tell you where I got them. I made the cards–which are meant to be thrown away–using images from this
this website (sorry–website has been removed) and background information I found online. (I looked the characters up on Wikipedia.) I really wish I could include them for you, but my desire not to be arrested is stronger than my desire to share the printable. Sorry! :)
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