Harry Potter DIY: Golden Snitch

It hasn't happened since 2007. We never thought we'd see this monumental day again. A new Harry Potter book is about to be released! Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is a stage play following the life of Harry and his son, Albus Severus. 

The eighth installment in the series will be officially released on Harry's birthday (obviously), July 31st. Dust off those wizard robes and polish your wands, Muggles! Barnes & Noble is ready to party like it's the early 2000's with a midnight release party. Don't forget to show off the Quidditch skills you've been perfecting for the last nine years with your very own Golden Snitch:

Materials from Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts

  • Paper/ cardboard/ newspaper
  • Masking or packing tape
  • Jumbo paperclip
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Gold spray paint (either metallic or sparkling)
  • Fishing line
  • White feathers

Step 1: Paper Clip Formation

Take the jumbo paperclip and unfold it into a makeshift stand for your styrofoam ball. The jumbo clips are better than the smaller ones not only because they balance better, but because they create a larger space between the bottom of the ball and the paper, making spray painting easier. 

Step 2: Balancing Act

Position the styrofoam ball in the middle of the paper to help catch the majority of the spray paint splatter.

Step 3: Base Stabilization

Before you begin spray painting, you will want to tape the paperclip down to keep the styrofoam ball stationary. 

Step 4: Spray Away

We recommend two coats of spray paint to really make sure the styrofoam ball gets adequate coverage. In the picture above, the one on the left only has one coat, while the one on the right has two, creating a more vibrant color. 

Step 5: Thread the Needle

After the paint has completely dried, separate the styrofoam ball, paperclip, and paper. In this step, you will use the paperclip to feed the fishing line through the ball. Straighten the paperclip, and puncture a hole straight through the middle of the styrofoam ball, making sure to leave the clip in so you know where to put the fishing line. 

Step 6: Knots!

After you have gotten the fishing line through to the other side (what will be the bottom of your Snitch), tie a large knot to keep the line from pulling back through. Gently push the knot into the bottom of the hole to hide it.

With the other end of the line, cut the cord to the length you'd prefer, and tie a slip knot at the end. Putting the slip knot around one of your fingers will allow you to carry the Snitch and snap it up to catch it!

Step 7: Wing Placement

Take two white feathers and stick onto the styrofoam ball and make sure the wings are perfectly opposite one another.


Now make your way to Barnes & Noble with your Golden Snitch in hand for the party beginning Saturday, July 30th at 8:00pm  Please arrive by Muggle mode of transportation to avoid suspicion. See you there!

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