Ideas to include Ollivander’s Wand Shop in your next Harry Potter party!
You guys, we just threw the MOST fun Harry Potter birthday party over the weekend! We had wand making, a potions class, and even set up a Quidditch field! In fact, there was so much going on that I’m going to have to write up several posts about it so I don’t break my blog with one gigantic post!
Also, there was so much going on that I didn’t get a chance to get a lot of photos while the party was going on. I’m a bit crushed about it! But my birthday boy and all of his friends seemed to have a ton of fun so it totally makes up for it.
Since we’re breaking things down, today I’m starting with Ollivander’s Wand Shop. I’ve got lots of fun ideas for the shop AND some printables for you!
You may remember I shared our Harry Potter invitations a couple of weeks ago. Wand making and spells lesson was on our list of activities, and I think one of the most popular!
NOTE: If I had used regular acrylic paint or spray paint on the box I would NOT have ironed on vinyl. I’m afraid it would have bubbled up the paint. But since I used a stain it worked beautifully!
A couple of weeks before the party I cut 3 ft dowel rods into 3 – 12 inch pieces. Then I used hot glue to attach finials or dowel caps to one end. The other end I sanded smooth and rounded to get rid of the dowel rod look. I then used hot glue to apply various designs to the rods, reminiscent of the ones used in the Harry Potter films.
All in all, the was the most inexpensive part of the entire party! Dowel rods are less than $1 each and the finials and dowel caps are not much more. And, finally, hot glue is very inexpensive, though you will use a lot for the wand decorations.
(Even some of the parents made wands!!)
While they dried we worked on some other wand activities!
They started by filling out a wand permit, straight from the Ministry of Magic! I searched for a fun wand permit printable and could only find one for the Fantastic Beasts movie. So it was for the American Ministry which just would not do for this party. So I made one of my own! It was a lot of work to design so I am selling it for a small fee in my Etsy shop.
I also had the kids play a fun spell matching game to test their knowledge.
And, finally, I created a couple of Wand Motion printables for the kids to copy into “spell” books that they could take home! You can find the printable for the spell book
here (unfortunately this printable is no longer available). I simply resized the cover to fit the miniature composition books I wanted to use. You can find the wand motion printables here.
I only printed a few copies of the wand motions printables so the kids grouped up to copy the spells they liked into their spells book. They took it super seriously! And, once done, they practiced using the spells on one another. They even acted out spells cast on them! It was hilarious!
I’ll be sharing more from the Harry Potter party in the weeks to come, including where to find more free printables you can use, potions class ideas, a DIY Quidditch field, and fun party food ideas!
I’m sharing this post in part with the HAPPY HARRY POTTER PARTY series hosted annually by my friend Marissa. And, as such, there is a giveaway to go along with it all! Simply click here to find the entry form and all the fun Harry Potter-themed items you could win.
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