Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Handmade Halloween: Gryffindor Tie Necklace Tutorial and Hogwarts Student Costume


When I first saw neck tie charms pop up at all my local craft stores I knew that I needed to make myself a Gryffindor necklace. So when I received my giant box of goodies from Mod Podge and Plaid Crafts I knew those bottles of Dimensional Magic and yellow Folk Art paint were destined for just that.


If like me, you are the sew-er in your family, you probably spend a lot of time making everyone else's costumes for Halloween and then throw something together last minute for yourself (if you dress up at all). What I love about this project is that with a button up, skirt, and cardigan, it can pass as an easy costume -who doesn't want to be a Hogwart's student? Plus you'll have a fun necklace you can wear year around.


You'll need:
  • Plaid paint and a small brush
  • jump ring
  • necklace
  • Dimensional Magic Mod Podge (one of my favorite products ever as I've mentioned before!)
  • toothpick
  • tie charm (I got my charm at Hobby Lobby I called and they do carry them in all their stores and I checked their website and they are there too, but I've seen them at other craft stores I frequent as well).

I picked a charm that had one of the colors I wanted so I just used yellow paint on the silver parts. When I messed up or was a little sloppy I just used my finger or a tooth pick to clean up the paint while it was still wet. If you need to paint both colors just wait for the first color to dry and then proceed with the second color.


Once the paint is dry add a layer of Dimensional Magic Mod Podge to the top of the charm. If you have never used Dimensional Magic you're in for a treat. And even without box of goodies from the company I would and have said this many times but DM it's one of my all time favorite craft products. It adds a great resin like glaze that is crystal clear, has no odor and is super easy to use. Seriously you should check it out.

 
Next add a jump ring unless your charm comes with one. To open a jump ring you want to slide the sides out so they are parallel to each other as opposed to just opening it by spreading the ends apart. If you do that it messes up the shape and can break the jump ring. 


Add a chain, throw on a white button up and cardigan and you've got an easy peasy Gryffindor student costume with a necklace that can be worn many times later. Fun right?


UPDATED: If you are interested in purchasing one of my Griffindor (or other Houses) Tie Necklaces I am now selling them in my Etsy Shop along with other bookish gift items.


If you missed my unboxing video you can see see all the fun goodies I was sent, my reaction and craft room here. Also be sure to check out these other fun Halloween projects using Mod Podge!

Thanks to Plaid Crafts for the fun. Connect with Plain on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Find my post disclosure here.

36 comments:

  1. You are so very, very clever! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  2. Super cute Marissa!! I love the costume and I think I need that necklace just to wear for fun! :)

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  3. I love this! What a fun costume and a cute necklace for all the time! :)

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  4. Wow, that looks a lot like enamel. That's pretty awesome!

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  5. oh. my. goodness. that is fan-freakin'-tastic, Marissa! Love! I need to get me one of those! If I can't find one at my store, can I send you some money and get you to buy the charm for me? Stumbled this!

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  6. This is really cool! I have to finish taking pics of my project tonight to post tomorrow...nothing like last minute hah! :)

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  7. I adore this! You seriously are so talented girl!

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  8. I love this! So cute. What a wonderful idea.

    ~Becky

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  9. Does the paint really adhere to the silver? Even without stripping it first?

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  10. Marissa I have never tried dimensional magic but I really like the look of your charm. This looks like something I am going to have to try out. thanks!

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  11. so very cute!!! i just made harry potter cupcakes, so i'm way into HP currently :)

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  12. Thanks guys I'm so happy with how it turned out

    HM Orr (your email is to no-reply so hopefully you'll check back) I've had no trouble with the paint sticking or coming off at all. I've handled and worn it quite a bit. I love how shinny it is so I have been rubbing the painted side haha

    ps if you don't know what I mean by no-reply this post explains http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/2012/09/no-reply-bloggers-tutorial.html

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  13. I love this!!! I'm thinking they would be super cute in all the house colors on my charm bracelet!!! thanks for the great tutorial! Off to buy my charms and DM!

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  14. oh my gosh i LOVE this necklace! i am going to hobby lobby this weekend so i can make one of my very own. :)
    -marie

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  15. My daughter wants to be Hermione, and I am feeling idea-drained. Thanks for reminding me that the robes were pretty much dropped in the later movies. That will definitely help with the costume! Awesome tie!

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  16. Marissa!!!! This is seriously the cutest thing ever, especially for a Harry Potter fan like moi!

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  17. Marissa, I love this it is sooo cute! What a great idea! And I think I would so dress up as a Hogwarts student for Halloween! have a great weekend!
    Rebecca
    www.heronscrafts.blogspot.com

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  18. I love, love, love this idea! I want one for everyday!

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  19. Oh Marissa!!! This is FABULOUS!!!!!! I want one!!!! What a great way to use Mod Podge!!

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  20. Seriously??? This is genius! I love it!

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  21. Oh.... my.... gosh. I love it!!

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  22. Love this craft, but any cheaper alternative to mod podge?

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  23. Oh my goodness!! I will be on the hunt for this now!!! I see this asa great Christmas present !!! Thankyou for sharing!!!

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  24. Oh, how fun!! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  25. That has always been my advice when it comes to Halloween costumes, always go for the more popular stories for people to appreciate your efforts. And this is just one of them. I also tried making a lion costume for this holidays and I must say that it is coming along pretty well.

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  26. Hi.. Where did you find the tie?

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  27. Love this pendant! Super creative. I'm sure if you started selling these you would sell out in no time!

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  28. I’m so excited to feature this fantastic costume on OneCreativeMommy.com Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. I love the tie! It's the perfect highlight for the costume.

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  29. I made this!!! It's so easy to do! 10 points for Gryffindor!

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  30. I'm so excited to make these! I live in Canada and I made a special trip across the border to visit a Hobby Lobby. Found the charms and now I'm all set to paint. Any chance you could tell us the name of the colours you used? I was at Michael's today looking at the plaid folk art paint (I decided to go with the brand you used and not the no-name just be safe) but it's so hard to tell the actual colour from the bottle. I want to do all four houses, so colour recommendations for any of them would be much appreciated :)

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