I came across some miniature books online and thought what if they came in my favourite books? And then I thought again, what if I made these into wearables… like earrings? I know I really should stop thinking so much sometimes. Anyway, the idea stuck to my head like a chocolate frog on a window, and the best way to get it out is to actually work on it.
What started out as a pair became 3 pairs. I would love to add the other books in the future when I have the time but, for now, I hope you will enjoy these!
If I were to rate these, they would be easily 9 3/4 out of 10!
Enough of mimblewimble, let’s start! First, print this PDF out. I spent a ton of time looking for a mix of free images that aren’t random. They are all related to HP.
(Copyright disclaimer: As far as I know, all the pictures are found on the web are stated as free to use and print and I am not making a profit out of this. If you want me to remove or credit you, just drop me a comment below!)
This printout will make 9 sets of earrings because I want to fill out the whole paper and not waste it. The books are in this order:
Page 1: 1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 2. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and 3. Advanced Potion Making. Yes I know the last one isn’t really a Harry Potter Book but it still technically is! (RIP Snape)
Page 2: 1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and 3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Page 3: 1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and 3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Waterproofing: I am fortunate to have a laser printer at home and that makes it slightly more water-resistant but, if you don’t, I recommend giving your printout a very thin coat of wax (rub a candle over it), Mod Podge or varnish spray. Do note that it is still paper and you will not be able to completely waterproof it. So don’t bathe with it, go swimming with it, or cast Aguamenti on it please!
You Will Need:
- Thin cardboard (for the book covers only)
- Good sticky craft glue (I use UHU)
- 3 pairs Stiff Jewellery wire, formed to a loop at one end, around 4-5cm long
- 3 pairs of Earring hooks
- Thread and needle
- (Optional) Beads that bling x 6
First, simply cut out all the pieces. Then on the book pages, fold them along each page in a zigzag pattern.
Stick the facing sides of the back pages together. Also stick the book cover on some thin cardboard and cut it out again.
You should fold the cover along the spine and inserts. The inserts should then be stuck down because they are just there to provide a little rigidity rather than function. You may be wondering what those little flags are for… they’re bookmarks in the house crests, because if anything is worth doing, it is worth overdoing. They are easy to make, fold in half, knot one end of a thread and use a needle to poke through the center. Then glue it up! (There’s a video at the bottom of this article to show how I did all this.)
Now prepare the wire. It should have a loop on one end to hold the earring hook. It will be too long but I bent it instead of trimming it as the bend increase the surface area for the glue to stick. The shiny bead I have in top is optional and goes into the wire. These are the final pieces you should have for assembly: A wire, a completed book cover, a bookmark and a stack of pages with the facing pages on the back glued together.
Next just be really generous with the glue and nearly the whole inside of the cover should be covered in glue, especially down the spine, and stick the wire and bookmark’s thread on the spine of the book cover. Finally we add the pages. Take note that it should be the right side up!
Repeat the same for all 6 books and you will end up with 3 pairs of unique magical earrings that any Potter fan and even Madam Pince herself would approve.
Here is the video of you find my instructions too confusing!
If you enjoy making this, let me know! It encourages me to continue making posts like this.