Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Harry Potter Photo Booth with a Cricut

We have been going a little Harry Potter nuts around here the last few months. Between building a Quidditch Pitch for our backyard and making Printable Hogwarts Letters we have done a little bit of everything. All of these fun projects have been leading up to one big event, my daughter's birthday party. 8 is a special year in this house and so we have been going out of our way to make it something incredibly special. 

One of my favorite parts of throwing a party is creating a photo booth so that my family will have lots of silly memories for years to come. I have created all of these really fun props for the party this week and they were SO easy to make! 

You will need:
  • felt
  • liquid starch 
  • a Cricut ( have the Explore Air 2 and I love it!) 
  • bamboo skewers
  • hot glue 
  • freezer paper
  • fabric scissors
  • iron

I found the images for for these props all over the place. Some were images from Cricut Design Space, some were downloaded from the Noun Project and a few I made in Design Space itself. Here is a break down of where each image came from. 

Design Space
Witch Hat #MF1E08
Round Glasses #M33964
Trophy #M39920
Mug-S #M4553E

SVGS from the Noun Project
Lighting bolt created by Polina Flegontovna here.
 Snitch created by Polina Flegontovna here.
Harry Potter Silhouette by Ryan Thomas Noll here.

The other images can be found by downloading the image above and importing them into design space one at a time. The Mad Eye Moody goggle and the Deathly Hallows symbol were made directly in Design Space with simple shapes.

To make these shirts, head over to the Explore site and select the great big blue, Create a New Project button. Save the image above to your computer and then hit the upload images button and upload the this image you found. Select whether the image is a simple image, moderately complex image or complex image. This image, especially since you are just tracing the simple outlines would be considered a simple image. Simple images are the easiest to trace so look for an image with high contrast colors. Insert them into design space and move them around until you have them where you like them.

Make your images different colors and your Cricut will know that you plan on cutting them out of different colors and place them on different mats when you hit cut.  Put a sheet of freezer paper shiny side down on a light stick Cricut mat. The light stick mat will help make sure that that your paper doesn't rip when you pull it off the mat.  Set your machine to wax paper and then hit the go button.

Once the all of the pieces have been cut out, weed off the excess freezer paper. Place the shiny side down on the felt and use a warm iron to adhere the freezer paper to the felt.

Use a good pair of scissors and cut out the felt around the freezer pattern. Once everything is cut out, peel off the freezer paper.

Fill a small container with with liquid starch. Dip the entire piece of felt into the starch, making sure it is completely saturated. Do not wring out the felt as this will distort it, instead pinch it between two fingers, sliding the fingers towards the container to get rid of the excess starch. Lay the felt out to dry for at least 24 hours.

Once the felt is dry, hot glue a skewer to the back of it.

Add all of the pieces to a jar or a vase and you have one amazing set of props for a photo booth.

My daughter couldn't wait to try some of them out. I think we are going to have a blast at the party with them!

Have you ever made a photo booth before?

Freezer Paper
Liquid Starch
Bamboo Skewers
Cricut Tools

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Karen Morse said...

Oh how adorable are these! And you made them! I want my own Cricut machine to make fun things like you do! And your tutorials are so easy to follow!

Angela Tolsma said...

I love all your instructions and details on how to make these! I've always wonder but this is perfect!

Tara Holland said...

We love Harry Potter too! These Cricut props are really cute, I need to invest in a Cricut so I can make these at home with your awesome instructions.

Julie Durfee said...

I love, love, love Harry Potter. What a cute idea for a photo booth. I had no idea how versatile Cricut is!

Catherine said...

Photo booths are a perfect addition to any party. We love Harry Potter and are reading them with my 8 year old daughter. We'll defiantly be incorporating this into our next Harry Potter viewing party!

Theresa's Reviews said...

This is a really cool idea! I would have loved to have a Harry Potter themed party when I was in high school.

Allison said...

This is so cute and a fun idea for a party! I haven't tried the Cricut but I have heard amazing things about them, now I want one!

Tayler Morrell said...

I have a friend who is in charge of quite a big local Harry Potter Fan Club...I'll let her know about this!

Reesa Lewandowski said...

I would love a cricut! These are so great for a harry potter themed party! I will have to save them!

ana de jesus said...

We love Harry Potter, I haven't tried the cricut before but my friend said they are amazing. I would love a Harry Potter themed party.

Kristie McCollum said...

How fun! Harry Potter themes are so cool. Never done a photo Booth before!

Joanna Everyday Made Fresh said...

Oh my gosh so much fun!! I love Harry Potter, and my 11 year old is just now reading the books, and watching the movies. She would love these!

Kristin Carbery said...

Very cute idea! I love photo booths at parties they are always the best part. You never know what you are gonna get!

Taylor Mobley said...

Yep! Totally up my alley that is for sure! I love photo booths at parties to begin with but a harry potter themed one is even better!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg just love this!!! We always set up a photo booth at parties!!! It's always so much fun!!!

Heather said...

This is a great idea for my Harry Potter lover! Now would this be reason enough to buy a Cricut? I have been wanting one but I know I don't have the time.

Roxanne Ferber said...

These are so much nicer than paper cut outs! I honestly never thought to use liquid starch on felt. Wow, learned something new!

Quezzo said...

What a cute idea for Harry Potter fans! I've not read them but I think when my daughter gets a little older we should read them together.

Dawn McAlexander said...

That would be a great craft for the kids. All those little ones out there that love Harry Potter will love this.

Suzanne said...

Awe this would be so cute for GIF's! I love masks for photo booths - it make it so festive and fun.

Hil'Lesha O'Nan said...

I have never watched Harry Potter nor read any of the books. However, I know a lot of Harry Potter fans would love this!

Christina Aliperti said...

Omg these are so perfect! What a great idea for a party photo booth!!

Brittany Muddamalle said...

My kids have been obsessed with Harry Potter all year! We've been reading the books and let them watch the movie. They would love this so much!

The Freckled Rose said...

This is such a cute idea! I am a huge fan of anything Harry Potter, and I've always wanted to give Cricut a try. Having a photo booth sounds like so much fun!

Becca Wilson said...

This looks like so much fun! I never really used a cricut before but it looks like it has so many possibilities.