This list is full of simple, budget-friendly craft ideas inspired by the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Crafting is an excellent way to spend time together as a family and get your kids’ creativity flowing. Whether you are a crafting whiz with a closet full of glitter, glue, and googly eyes or a complete novice who can barely wield a pair of scissors, there is a Harry Potter craft on this list for you! Learn to make wands, potions, house scarves and more with your kids with simple, easy-to-follow tutorials.
Cooking is more your thing? Be sure to read our article on how to make butterbeer and other Harry Potter recipes. And if you’re not sure which Potter book your kid should be reading, check out our Harry Potter reading level guide and our recommendations for other books like Harry Potter.
Crafting 101 ✂️
Totally brand new to the world of crafting? That’s okay! The tutorials we’ve gathered here are very basic and require little to no prior knowledge or experience with arts and crafts. But it does help to know some of the basic tools of the trade, as well as different categories of crafts you might want to try with your family.
“Arts and Crafts”
Crafts, in the sense of “arts and crafts” are normally items created out of basic art supplies that are fun and simple to make, but might not be extremely durable or high-quality. Crafts are made more for fun rather than to last a long time, though they might be durable and useful, depending on the craft. Examples of crafts might include handmade paper bookmarks, ornaments, slime, etc.
Supplies you might need for basic arts and crafts include:
- Construction paper or cardstock
- Markers, pens, colored pencils, paints
- Stick glue, liquid glue
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners
- Much more
While there are different types of jewelry making, the type of jewelry making covered in this article consists of using pre-made components like wire, french hooks, eye pins, fasteners, clasps, etc. Pliers are used to open and close fasteners, and for wire-wrapping. There are many great jewelry making tutorials on YouTube that can teach you the basics.
Many people are intimidated by sewing, but basic sewing is very easy to learn. The absolute basics of hand sewing require only a needle, thread, and scissors, which are used to join two or more pieces of fabric or other cloth materials together. More sophisticated patterns may require the use of a sewing machine, but most basic tutorials can be accomplished with hand sewing (though it does take longer!)
Knitting and Crocheting
Some of the oldest crafts around, knitting and crocheting involve using needles (knitting) or hooks (crochet) to loop yarn in various ways, creating an intricate series of interwoven “knots”, for lack of a better term. It’s not as difficult as it sounds!
Both knitting and crocheting are also excellent crafts to teach kids, who can pick up both methods fairly quickly- even some schools are beginning to teach knitting and crochet in art classes!
YouTube is also very helpful when getting started with either of these methods. Learn more about knitting and crocheting (and get some project inspiration!) here.
Of course, Harry Potter is a natural choice for these Potterheads to share with their children. The illustrated editions of the books are excellent for storytime, and elementary age children can embark upon their own literary journey as they read Sorcerer’s Stone. (Check out our Harry Potter Reading Guide for more guidance on when kids should read the series on their own).
How to Get Your Kids Interested in Crafting 🧶
Kids are naturally curious, so many children will be interested in merely the mention of creating something related to the world of Harry Potter.
You can also get them more engaged in the activities by allowing them to help you pick out which craft to try, and/or allowing them to help you shop for the supplies.
Allowing kids to take part in each step of the craft, as well as allowing them room for trial and error, will help them feel empowered and learn how to do the project on their own, boosting confidence and creativity.
The Absolute Best Harry Potter Crafting Books and Kits 🪄
If the ideas in this article send you on a Harry Potter-inspired crafting kick, you’re in luck! There are plenty of craft ideas out there- check out these books and kits for magical inspiration and projects inspired by the wizarding world.
Tutorials for 30 charming crafts that would make Molly Weasley proud. Perfect for young children and families, with clear and simple instructions to follow.
Creative ideas for handmade crafts, perfect for gifts or home decor. Includes not only Harry Potter-inspired crafts, but other fandoms such as Lord of the Rings, Disney, Wizard of Oz, and more!
Beautiful knitting patterns that will provide endless hours of magical crafting fun. Plus, many of the projects in the book would make excellent gifts! This “official” knitting pattern book doesn’t just include patterns inspired by the series- it shows the step-by-step instructions for re-creating actual garments seen in the movies!
Perler fuse beads are a great craft option for kids of all ages, who can easily create recognizable Harry Potter patterns with this all-inclusive kit!
Need a special bookmark to use while re-reading the Harry Potter series? Craft your own with this cross stitch bookmark kit!
Kids of all ages can learn the basics of cross stitch with this easy-to-follow kit.
Harry Potter Crafts for 6-8-Year-Olds 🚸
Young crafters can practice using scissors and coloring in the lines when completing these magical craft projects. Note, these projects might require adult supervision and/or assistance.
Harry Potter Corner Bookmarks from Instructables
You won’t need any technical skills or specialized supplies to make these customizable Harry Potter bookmarks. Younger kids can cut out the squares and color while older kids and adults help to cut out more detailed pieces like Harry Potter Glasses. Find the instructions here.
Golden Snitch Ornaments from Ruffles and Rainboots
This adorable Christmas craft will only take a few minutes, a couple of easy-to-find supplies, and will result in some adorable Wizarding World ornaments that will adorn your tree. Just be sure to supervise the kiddos while they use the glue! Head here for the tutorial.
Harry Potter Crafts for 9-11-Year-Olds 🤪
Ready to kick the crafting up a notch? Slightly older kids usually want a bit more engaging craft, and these deliver!
Harry Potter Potion Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands
Do you have any little Potion Masters yearning to test out their skills? These DIY Harry Potter Potions bear a strong resemblance to Muggle slime…and it’s incredibly easy to make! You can even work with your kids to make cool containers to store their slime in. Find the tutorial here.
DIY Harry Potter Wands by Raising Whasians
In the Wizarding World, young witches and wizards receive their first wands at age 11. What better way to bring the magic to life than to help your 11 year old make their own wand? This tutorial gives great tips on how to make wands that don’t look cheesy. *Note, this craft requires hot glue and adult assistance.
Harry Potter Crafts for 12-14-Year-Olds 🤩
The older they get, the tougher they are to impress. But these cool crafts should do the trick!
Fleece Harry Potter Scarf from Mom’s Minivan
Young teens will love this easy craft that results in a cozy, handmade Hogwarts house scarf! While they can definitely use a sewing machine independently with supervision, you could also allow them to hand-sew the pieces of fleece together if you would like to keep this craft less technical. Find the instructions here.
Golden Snitch Necklace from Kim and Carrie
A tiny bit of sculpting clay along with a few jewelry components are all your teens will need to craft a magical Golden Snitch necklace! Check out the tutorial here.
Harry Potter Crafts for Late Teens-Adults 😉
Some of the coolest Harry Potter DIYs are a bit too complicated for the kiddos- but don’t let that stop you. Give these projects a try- they are easier than they look, and you’ll have fun doing them!
Deathly Hallows Earrings from Instructables
Work on developing your jewelry skills with these elegant, wire-wrapped Deathly Hallows earrings. A great wearable craft that doubles as an excellent gift for a Potterhead in your life! Here’s the tutorial.
Golden Snitch Bath Bomb from Steam Powered Family
Who doesn’t love relaxing in the tub with a fizzy bath bomb? Learn to make your own Harry Potter-themed bath bomb with this simple tutorial!