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An excellent Hogwarts letter is the key piece of a Harry Potter surprise. I knew I wanted to do it up, to make a really cool replica compared to the movie props, so I searched high and low to find the best projects, and I compiled them into a single place here.
This post will link the places I’ve used for inspiration, and then how we made changes or revisions to make it our own.
Supplies for all parts
- Color printer
- Parchment-style paper (optional)
- Glue stick
- Scissors / paper trimmer
- Silhouette digital cutter (optional)
- Hot glue sticks
- FIMO modeling clay (any color)
- Piece of red crayon
- Exacto knife
The Hogwarts letter
First things first, the actual letter. I used the original words from the book as my guideline, but edited it to include the Orlando locale and the dates of our trip. I’ve got two versions of the letter for you to choose from; the white background is great if you have a parchment-style paper to print on, and a tea-stained paper version, which can be printed on plain white paper and still have the look. (Both files will open Google Drive in a new tab)
The blue box shown above doesn’t print, but you can easily edit that text to make the letter say just what you want. (Before you download the PDF, be sure to install the Harry P font.)
I have to confess, this one had some challenges. I ended up printing the address and Hogwarts seal and then using my Silhouette to cut it out. Download the 4 Privet Drive font from here for the PERFECT look to your address! The steps here are a little more complicated, but hopefully this will take you through them easily.
There are two versions of the template you can choose from: White background for parchment-style paper, or with the preset tea-stained look to print on white paper. (These links will open Google Drive in a new tab)
- Open the envelope template PDF in Word.
- Use the 4 Privet Drive font to type in your recipient’s address.
- Rotate the text 45° (Here’s how, if you need it)
- Center the address on what will become the front of the envelope when folded.
- If you’re using the tea-stained PDF, print the second page of the file to get the colored back on your paper, so it shows on the inside of the envelope.
- Once your envelope is printed out, carefully cut along the lines, or I’ve got an SVG file here for the envelope outline, so you can use this to cut it out on your Silhouette!
- Crease and then glue the envelope and you’re done!
Hogwarts Wax Seal
I stumbled upon this blog post and loved his attention to detail. (He’s even the one who designed the Privet Drive font!) We were really inspired by his wax seal tutorial, so read there for all the details, but we made some changes.
- Our stamp is molded from a larger piece of FIMO, instead of using the coin backing.
- Once it was baked, Jamie sanded the face of the stamp to smooth it out, and then used the Exacto to clean up the edges.
- Instead of painting the glue seals, we found that melting about 1 part red crayon to 3 parts hot glue made exactly the look we were going for. Our experiments are as follows: Top left: Painted (acryclic craft paint) hot glue, Top right: Red crayon and hot glue, Bottom left: Magenta crayon and hot glue, Bottom right (the winner): Combo of Red and Magenta crayon with hot glue.
- Melt a piece of hot glue stick and red crayon together and then apply to the stamp, no glue gun needed!