Bought Flagstone poly vinyl wall covering - Shindigz Black table cloth rolls - Michaels Hurricane lamps - Walmart Firefly Lamp oil - Amazon Firefly Lamp oil dye - Amazon Marauder's Map - Noble Collection Sorting Hat - Amazon Stuffed animal owls - Great Horned owl, Barn owl, Snowy owl LED Candles - Dollar Tree (Only available during Halloween or Christmas time) Hogwarts House Banners - Local store Black Cloth
I didn't want to spend a lot of money on decorations for the table and after going back and forth on what to do, I decided to keep it simple. I had 4 hurricane lamps that I dyed the oil the house colors and put 2 on each table. For the teachers table I used smaller oil lamps that I had found years ago at a thrift shop. My sister and niece had the amazing idea of using the Daily Prophets as placemats!
There are tutorials out there for making your own marauder's map, but I really wanted the real one to keep and didn't have the time (or patience) to make one. I purchased the one from the Noble Collection and it was worth it! It was the perfect centerpiece for the mantle.
I purchased the house banners from a local store, you can find them on Amazon also. I wanted them to be much bigger, so I bought black fabric and sewed the smaller banner onto the cloth.
Bought LED Candles - Dollar Tree - Only available during Halloween and Christmas time 10 Lb Fishing line 60 Lb Fishing line AA Batteries
I used a small hand drill to drill a hole in the tip of each of the candles. I then strung the 10Lb fishing line through the hole and tied it off. I left about 1 foot of extra fishing line to attach to the main line. I cut the bottom off of the candles using a dremel and glued a small circle of cardstock over the bottom with Elmers glue stick. We used the 60Lb fishing line as the main line to hang the candles.
Sorting Hat Ceremony
I bought a Sorting Hat from Amazon. The hat was amazing except that it didn't stand up, which was not acceptable. So I stuffed the inside with newspaper so it would stand up. I then pinned the eyebrows and cheek areas so it looked more like the sorting hat. I used laundry starch on it, making sure it was completely coated. I sprayed it over a period of a few weeks, letting it dry completely in between coats. I did this until it stood on it's own, then I sprayed it again. I bought cheap dark eye makeup from the dollar store and used that to add depth to the mouth and eyes.
When people RSVP'ed, I had them tell me what house they were sorted into. I had a small speaker that we used to call out the houses using a Sorting Hat soundboard. The hat kept it's shape the whole time and the kids loved it!
Books I found the Unfogging the Future book covers online. I printed them off then glued them to construction paper, creating a book cover. I used my hardback Harry Potter books as the book. Tea Cup I used a black sharpie to create The Grim in the bottom of the cup.
Tom Riddle's Diary - Dollar Tree black journal. I used a large drill bit (by hand) to create the hole in the center. My husband did the name with a gold ink pen.
Snake - Bought snake from Amazon and used black fabric spray paint.
Harry - I printed off a picture I found on the internet on photo paper.
Rare Dragon Eggs
I've been working and reworking these eggs for a few years now. I'm finally really happy but unfortunately I did not take pictures throughout the creation, so all I have are the supplies I used. I also created descriptions for each egg and printed those on silver cardstock. I bought self-laminating pouches and used a grommet with leather string to attach them to the basket.
I've collected bottles over many years for our halloween display. I created different potion shops and labels for each bottle. I filled the bottles with colored water, colored mineral oil, corn syrup, hand sanitizer, spices, herbs, glitter, halloween insects, colored sand, anything I could find that worked!