The start of term at Hogwarts may be a long way away, but what better way to get excited for the coming Quidditch season than showing your house pride? We are going to make custom Quidditch captain pins that can be displayed on your school trunk, robes, or even your Muggle backpack! These pins are totally customizable so they can include your position, house, mascot, or house colors. They are super simple to create and they even use a little magic to complete them!*
*This project does use an oven which should be used with extreme caution. Please have an adult assist you with this project.
- White computer paper
- Colored pencils or Sharpies
- Shrinky Dink Rough and Ready Plastic
- Pin backings
- An oven (325°F)
- An oven safe pan
- Mod Podge
Draw or find a design for your pin. If you are having trouble finding ideas, look on the internet or Pinterest to be inspired.*
I started with a light sketch on computer paper and then outlined my final design in black sharpie. Make sure your drawing is nearly the size of your palm because it will shrink when we bake it later.
I wanted all of my pins to include the house colors, a mascot holding something quidditch related, and a reference to the Harry Potter books. (Salazar Sylerin’s locket, Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup, etc..)
*Make sure you never copy someone else’s work if you plan on selling these pins. You can take inspiration from other pieces of art if you plan on making (not selling) these pins.
Place your new drawing on a flat surface and place the Shrinky Dink plastic on top of it. MAKE SURE THE ROUGH SIDE IS FACING UP! You DON’T want to draw on the shiny side!
Use Sharpie or colored pencils to color in the drawing on the rough side of the plastic. The supplies you can use (markers, colored pencils, etc..) depends on the directions on the Shrinky Dink plastic. I chose to color mine with colored pencils and then to outline it in Sharpie.
Cut out your design with scissors. Make sure to always use caution when working with sharp objects.
Then place your plastic piece on a pan lined with tin foil.
Step 5 (Parent supervision required):
Here is where the magic happens! Preheat your oven to 325°F. Once it reaches this temperature, use an oven mitt to place the pan holding your plastic piece inside the oven.
Follow the directions on the plastics packaging to see how long it should cook. I usually let them heat up for about 1 minute. While it’s baking it will twist, flip, and look like it is ruined. By the end of the minute it should have perfectly laid flat and shrunk to a much smaller pin size.
Have an adult remove the pan and to set it somewhere heat safe. Immediately use a spatula to apply pressure on top of the pin the flatten it out. Make sure your body never touches the hot pan or the plastic until it is cool.
Once the pin is dry, use an extremely thin layer of Mod Podge over the pin to seal it. If your coat is too thick the Mod Podge with scrape off and the pin will look messy.
Use super glue or hot glue to attach a pin backing to your new creation!
Now you have a brand new accessory that is sure to wow everyone at Hogwarts! If you make this please tag us on Instagram @booksloveandlife24 so we can see your wonderful new creation! Let us know if you tried this DIY and comment what Quidditch position you would have at Hogwarts down below!