DIY Harry Potter costumes

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And so, after spending a year feeling guilty about dropping waaaaay too much money in the stupid Halloween store — and coming to the conclusion that DIY costumes aren’t always cheaper — I present to you … our sorta-bought, sorta-DIY Harry Potter costumes …

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}
C in her Hermione Granger costume, D in his “Quidditch Harry Potter” costume

Pretty cute, right? Here’s the breakdown of what we cobbled together for each costume …

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

DIY Hermione Granger costume

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

DIY Harry Potter costume

  • Maroon and gold Quidditch robe I sewed (badly) that was kinda tight in the shoulders, oops
  • Jean jacket underneath for warmth (again — it’s Canada and it’s cold)
  • Gryffindor tie I sewed using this great free tie pattern 
  • $18 Harry Potter wand* ordered from Amazon
  • Cheap $1 sunglasses with the lenses popped out
  • Lightning bolt scar drawn on with liquid eyeliner
  • DIY Quidditch broom (see below)

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

I figured the robe would be a breeze since I sew clothes all of the time, but … no. I took measurements and progress pictures in case I was going to share a full tutorial on it, but it didn’t fit D well in the shoulders and I’m not happy with how it turned out. Oh well. It was wearable, at least.

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

DIY Quidditch broom

  • $1.50 broom head from the Dollar Store (they sell them separately from the handles, which is quite interesting)
  • Large stick somebody found somewhere in the woods and left on our porch (thanks?)
  • Brown tape (I bought wood-grain paper tape but would have preferred brown duct tape if I could have found it in the dumb store)
  • Clear packing tape (since the paper tape was weaksauce)

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was super easy, as you can see in the photos. I just taped the broom head to the end of the stick (with the clear packing tape) and then wrapped the whole thing with two rolls of brown wood-grain tape. Could have used a third roll but the clearance section at the craft store wasn’t very forthcoming.DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

D didn’t bring it trick-or-treating, thankfully. MOM WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CARRYING THAT THING AROUND. But he likes zooming around the house on it.DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

Annabelle was going as Dobby the house elf, whether she liked it or not. (She did not.) I just ripped up a scrap of white fabric to be the “pillowcase” Dobby wears before he’s freed, and knotted it around her front. Then I ripped a small hole for the loop of her harness, and she was good to go. She happily trick-or-treated with us for the full two hours. Some people thought she was a ghost. Eh.
DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

As for me? I was Rita Skeeter, the evil reporter! (The kids wanted me to be Professor McGonagall but it felt too boring.)

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DIY Rita Skeeter costume

  • Green cardigan I already owned
  • Large piece of dark green felt tied around me as a scarf
  • Sunglasses with the lenses popped out
  • Red lipstick (plus winged eyeliner just because)
  • Silver spray-on hair colour (since I wasn’t buying a blonde wig just for this)
  • Dark green notebook with taped-on labels saying “Quick Quotes Quill” and “Property of RIta Skeeter”
  • Black pen covered in green felt to be the Quick Quotes Quill

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I can’t believe this was my ninth Halloween dressing up with the kids! (SEE THE PREVIOUS YEARS’ COSTUMES HERE) D is already saying he wants to be a vampire or a biker next Halloween, so who knows what I’ll be. Maybe something with a large box? That sounds uncomforable but also cool?

DIY Harry Potter costumes | DIY Quidditch broom craft | Hermione Granger costume | Rita Skeeter costume | {Heather's Handmade Life}

Happy (belated) Halloween!

xo

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