It's world book day! One of my favourite things to do is read and I remember the first time I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I was around 10 and it was one of the first books to set me on my path of being obsessed with reading!
Naturally, Harry Potter is a huge influence in my life and so it only seemed fitting to create a Harry Potter inspired make! One of the things I loved about the films is that they brought all these wonderful details to life like chocolate frogs, Gryffindor accessories, different styled wands, magical confectionery, magical plants and trinkets and so these were my inspiration for the make that became Harry's luggage on the way to platform 9 3/4!
I love this make and what is great about it is that you can personalise it for anyone! Change the HP on the luggage to your initials and if you aren't feeling Gryffindor and have always been a Ravenclaw, Slytherin or Hufflepuff fan you can adapt it to what suits you!
As always, my Cricut tutorials use free shapes in Cricut Design Space to create the project so you don't have to pay for a single design!
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Now let's get back to the make!
You will need:
A Cricut Machine: Cricut Joy, Circut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
Cricut Design Space (this is free software for your Cricut Machine to download)
Cardstock in a variety of colours
Cricut Cutting Mat LightGrip or StandardGrip
Cricut Precision Tweezers
Clear dry glue such as PVA
Card blank or piece of card to adhere to
How to make:
Step 1: Select a square and a circle from the shapes section.
Select the square and select the lock icon to unlock. Reshape to a
2. Unlock the circle shape and stretch thinly over the outer corners of the rectangle. Do this for each side to create a round-cornered rectangle. Select all and weld together.
3. Duplicate the rounded rectangle shape. To make the lid, select
a square shape and unlock it. Reshape to a rectangle. Position over the duplicated round-cornered rectangle overlapping the top third.
Select both layers and use the slice tool. Keep the top sliced part from the round corner rectangle and position it on the top of the original rounded corner rectangle. This creates the luggage shape.
Step 4: To make the luggage handles, take a circle and unlock it. Reshape to a horizontal oval. To make the gold buckles on the handle, take a square and unlock it. Reshape to a rectangle that fits over each end of the handle.
Step 5: On each corner of the case, create ovals from circles and position on the sides. Select text and create the initials of your choice. Use a font you know will cut on your machine with cardstock.
Position text on the centre of the luggage.
Step 6: Select a square and circle shape. Position the circle over the top of the square ensuring the outer lines smoothly connect. Select both layers and weld together.
Step 7: Duplicate the shape and position centrally making the shape smaller so an even outer layer can be seen. Select both layers and use the slice tool. Keep the cage outline.
Step 8: Select the square shape and unlock it. Create long thin rectangles for the bars on the cage. Select all and weld together. For the handle take two circle and position one over the other. Make one smaller so you can see an even outline. Select both circles and use the slice tool. Keep the circle outline and position at the top of the cage. Select all and weld together.
Step 9: To make the owl body create an oval for the head, the body and the wing. Position as above and the select a heart shape and overlap at the bottom of the oval for the wing. Select all and weld together.
Step 10: To add some black feather detailing, select two heart shapes and overlap them so half of each heart overlaps. Select both and use the slice tool. Keep the centre teardrop shape. Duplicate these and add them to the owl body.
Step 11: To create the back take a heart and circle shape. Unlock the circle and reshape into an oval vertically going across the bow of the heart. Ensure the outer lines smoothly link together. Select both layers and weld together.
Step 12: To make the eyes select two circles and position one over the other so that a thin crescent can be seen. Select both layers and use the slice tool. Keep the crescent, position as one of the eyes and duplicate. Position on the other side.
Step 13: Select a circle for the body of your snitch. Then select another circle and unlock it into a long thin oval. The wings of the snitch arch so I created one oval pointing upwards, another oval which is short and rotates more centrally for the bend, and then another oval pointing downwards. Ensure that the outer line is smooth to create a wing like appearance. You may want to select all three ovals and weld now to ensure the arch is smooth before the next step.
Step 14: To make the feathers, take two hearts and overlap one half of each heart. Use the slice tool and keep the sliced teardrop shape. Unlock the shape and stretch so that it is long and thin. Working from the outer corners, position on the arch, duplicate each time and make each one longer as it travels to the centre of the wing. Once you are happy, select all both arch and feathers and weld them together. Duplicate the wing and flip to position on the other side.
Step 15: To make the books, select a square shape, unlock it and reshape to a rectangle.
Step 16: To make the scarf, select a square and a circle shape. Unlock both and reshape the square to a rectangle and the circle to a horizontal oval. Place the oval at the end of the rectangle and size so the outer lines smoothly transfer from the rectangle to the oval. Duplicate the oval and position it at the top of the rectangle, again ensuring the outer lines smoothly join together. Select both ovals and the rectangle and weld together,
Step 17: To make the stripes on the scarf, select a square shape and unlock it. Reshape to rectangles that fit the width of your scarf. Duplicate the rectangle to form your stripes.
Step 18: To make the tassels at the end of the scarf, select a circle and unlock it, reshaping to an oval. Position the oval along the edge of the scarf and duplicate as many as needed along the edge. Select all the ovals and weld them together.
Step 19: To make the box for your Bertie Botts Beans select a triangle and a square. Unlock the square and reshape to a rectangle. Position the triangle at the top, unlock so that you can shape it perfectly. Select both layers and weld together.
Step 20: Duplicate the sweet box shape. This is so you can perfectly shape the decorative stripes for the box. Take a square and unlock it. Reshape to a long thin stripe that goes over the edges of the duplicated box. Select the box and stripe and use the slice tool. Keep the stripe that now fits the box shape. Continue this process until you have all the stripes for your box.
Step 21: To make the broom start with the stick, select a circle and unlock it, Reshape to a long thin circle for the stick. Then for the top of the broom bristles, take a heart shape and unlock, reshape so it's longer and thinner. Duplicate twice and position two on slight angles and one centrally like the above image. To make the bottom of the bristles take two heart shapes and rotate on their sides. Overlap inwards with the bows overlapping. Select both and weld together. Position with one on the points facing downwards. Then select this, and the top bristles you made and weld all together.
Step 22: Cut out all your shapes!
Step 23: Assemble using precision tweezers, a fine paintbrush, and clear dry wet glue.
I hope you love this make as much as I did creating it!
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Thanks for reading,