As I mentioned a few days ago, we are hosting a Halloween Harry Potter LEGO birthday party for Marisol and Flynn this coming weekend. That's quite a mouthful isn't it? But it is October and they are still obsessed with LEGO, and after our recent trip to Universal Studios in Florida they came home with a love of all things Harry Potter. In fact we've already watched 6 of the movies over the past few weeks. We only have the Deathly Hallows (part 1 and 2) to go.

Onto the party though. Over the next few weeks I'll be breaking down the party into various tutorials.

Let's start with the invitations.

Harry Potter Party: Owl Post Invitations
I have quite a fascination with owls, so it was only natural that I would choose them for the invitations. Especially when I thought back to the movie and how the owls deliver mail to the students.

I didn't want to spend a lot of money on fancy invitations but still wanted them to be fun and fit with the theme, so aside from 2 sheets of glitter card stock (which cost $3) these were made using materials I already had on hand.

We have been cleaning out our garage recently in preparation for building the new LEGO tables and storage system in there, yes we really do have that much LEGO.  While I was cleaning out a box I came across four large sheets of chipboard. They were a little torn across one edge and I think they had once protected photos or something that had come in the mail.

I sketched an owl on a sheet of paper, cut it out and used it as a stencil to make the basic owl out of the chipboard.

Harry Potter Party: Owl Post Invitations
I have to say that it took a lot of strength (and a blister too) to cut through the chipboard with my utility knife, but it was worth it in the end.

I then used a variety of cookie and fondant cutters to get the shape for the eyes, which were cut out of the glitter card stock.

Harry Potter Party: Owl Post Invitations
Other parts such as the legs and beak were sketched on paper first and then used as a template.

I covered most of the owl and the legs in layers of white crepe paper that I had cut just like I do when I'm making pinatas, this gave a great feathered look.

Harry Potter Party: Owl Post Invitations
The legs were bent into an arch, and a section of crepe paper on the owl was removed to allow the legs to be attached using hot glue.

Harry Potter Party: Owl Post Invitations
Harry Potter Party: Owl Post Invitations
They eyes and beak were then attached using hot glue and the claws were colored in using a black Sharpie.

I made the invitation using PicMonkey and printed them on translucent vellum. The invitations were then rolled and placed under the legs of the owl so that they could be delivered by owl post, just like the Harry Potter movie.

Harry Potter Party: Owl Post Invitations

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Tonya Staab April 7, 2014 - 11:09 am

Hi Amanda,

The fonts are available on PicMonkey – I’m not sure though if they are a part of the free version, or the paid version.

Amanda April 7, 2014 - 10:20 am

Where did you get the font?


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