How to make Harry Potter style Birthday Card

Hello and welcome
For whatever reason you are reading my blog post today I really hope you find what you are looking for - an inspiration or maybe an answer to a question.

I was asked, recently, if I could make a Harry Potter style birthday card. I love challenges so of course I said I would try. What you need to know is that I have absolutely no idea about Harry Potter series.... I have never seen any movies or read books about HP. But I thought I could make a card....
What do you think of it?

I would like to tell you exactly how I made this card so that you can try and make one yourself....
There is quite a lot of printing involved so you will need a good printer.
My card measures 10cm x 20cm
It's gate folded
and I made a matching box for it.
First, you will need to find Marauder's map online (Pinterest or Google)  I found one on Pinterest. It looks like this:
That's if you are making a card for personal use. Remember, if you are making something to list and sell you need to think of copyrights.... Not going to tell you about it in my post, to much to you need to make your own research.
I printed it on one side of my card. Then cut out my desired length 20cm x 20cm.Then scored and folded the sides.
Next, some more printing. I used the Marauder's Map again, but only printed this:
again, I cut it to my desire length, about 9.5cm x 19.5cm, and I cut it in half lengthwise.
Then I distressed the edges using scissors. I also distressed them with brown ink (vintage sepia to be exact) and a sponge - mini blending tool .I actualy used the blending tool to distressed all the edges of my card.
This is how the card looks at the back, you can see the Marauder's map, and on the folding 'gates'  I have already attached the picture above.

The inside, again, you can find different pages all over the internet - Pinterest, esty, google.... so many options for a Harry Potter style pages. I used one with Hogwarts logo at the top.
Again, I disteressed the edges first with scissors then with ink. It all made it look more vintage, more old, more Harry Potter ish....

The next bit I am going to make easy for you. I spent some time designing it so that you don't have to. I created this HP quote in Harry Potter's  font...
here is the file in PDF format you can download for your personal use only.
Harry Potter Printable Quote PDF

This is just a quick look at the quote. It's printed black on a white background. If you wish, you can distress the edges yourself.

Now find some more printables.... I googled this one under, I think, Harry Potter printable potion labels. There are lots of them.... Anyway I chose one I liked, opened it in MsPublisher (programme I use for everything) and I added a 'Happy Birthday Muggle' in the middle of my chosen label (I am assuming you know how to create a text etc,). Then I printed it and cut it out.

The labels looked like this:

Next thing, last one here, is the potion bottle.
You can find them mini bottles for crafts anywhere really. Ebay, amazon, online craft supply shops...they are pretty cheap.
here is the link that shows you how to make the label.
Job done. well, almost.
Now glue everything together,
Choose a string or a ribbon, attach the label and the potion bottle and you are done!!
If you wish, you can decorate a box to match the card. I recommend to keep the card in the box rather than an envelope. It will fit better and keep the card safe.
 Here is my box:

I hope my instructions on how to make Harry Potter style Birthday card were clear enough. If you have any questions, need more help with finding things etc please do leave me a comment and I will get back to you.
I would also like to know what you think of my card!!????
I haven't really seen any handmade cards like this one anywhere...and I did look around!!
So if you made one yourself, please do share!!
Thanks a lot for visiting my blog!


  1. Oh my gosh!!! I love this Mazzy! I'm so going to print and make one of these for my daughter, the biggest HP fan! Thanks so much for taking the time to document and share links. This is very much appreciated. I will also pin for future reference. Hugs, Autumn

  2. Thank you so much for your comment!! I am so glad you like my card and that you are going to follow the tutorial to make the card for your daughter! I am sure she will love it! 😘👍


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