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How-To Harry Potter Costume

Make a Harry Potter Costume

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Harry Potter is a character that kids and grown-ups alike can relate to. This is an easy costume to complete and immediate recognizable.
How-to Harry Potter Costume

How-to Harry Potter Costume

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Maroon and Gold are the colors of Gryffindor house, and you'll need to show them off on Harry's tie, scarf and robe.

Gryffindor Scarf
Make a Gryffindor scarf by crocheting, knitting or felting. Note that the knit scarf pattern has thick blocks of color instead of the thin lines of the Gryffindor scarf that the older students wear.

Gryffindor Tie
Start out with a gold tie (compare prices). Use red fabric paint to add the lines on the tie. If you're using paint and a brush, employ a ruler to help you make straight lines. A fabric pen works much easier in this case and most fabric stores have them in many colors.

Make two thick lines, then skip an inch and make a very thin line. Skip another inch and repeat this pattern.

The Gryffindor Robes
Make your own Gryffindor Robe in any size. I takes just minutes with this easy tutorial:

The Glasses
Finding a pair of round glasses at a thrift store is pretty easy. You can also substitute the these print-out glasses for the real thing.

The Hair
Harry's dark brown mop top is easy for most kids to pull off. If you have lighter hair, there are lots of semi-permanent hair colors (compare prices) out there to try if you don't mind committing to brown hair for a few months.

The Wand
Any thin stick can be made into a wand. Peel off any bark and use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down the sides of the stick. For a pointed end, use a small knife to whittle the end of the stick. Shaving the end of the stick should be done with adult supervision. Apply a dark or light wood varnish to your smoothed wand.

Or, try this easy pencil wand for kids. You can also spring for a toy Harry Potter wand (compare prices).

The Clothes
I suggest looking in a few local thrift shops for these simple elements. Find a white button-down shirt and a black or gray vest to wear over it. Wear a pair of black slacks, or make your own simple black drawstring pants. Black dress shoes will work for your feet.

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