Once guests arrived we urged them to grab a goodie bag and prepare to get comfy for the impending movie day. It was really fun to watch people pull their little paper slip from the hat and exclaim either in horror or delight at the house they had been sorted into before they dove into the treats inside.
DIY Sorting Hat Treat Bags
“Hmm, difficult… VERY difficult. Plenty of courage, I see. Not a bad mind, either. There’s talent, oh yes… And a thirst to prove yourself. But where to put you?”
— The Sorting Hat, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Paper bags
- Stapler + staples
- Candies in colours corresponding to the four houses (Red, green, blue and yellow)
- Paper strips
- Pen (optional)
Total Cost of Project
- Paper Bags 1$, Treats 7$ = 8$!
Additional Notes and Tips
- Need suggestions for what types of candies to use? Skittles, M&Ms, Mike & Ikes, Sour Patch Kids, Sweet Tarts and Gummy Bears usually come in all the colours you need.
- Werther’s Original’s are a great break from lemon for your Hufflepuff pals!
- Nerds might seem like a great choice because of color options available, but they are small and will make a mess everywhere, Trust me and skip them.
- Tape opening of paper bag closed, as well as the bottom flap of the bag to the main body, this will help stop the bag form getting stuck in your printer.
- Download sorting hat template, I used this one! And print onto the paper bags.
- Cut around the printed hat, giving yourself roughly a quarter of an inch of extra space. This will separate the bag into two pieces. Remove excess paper from between the two sides of the template.
- Separate your candies by house color and set aside.
- Prepare strips of paper with the house names on them. I also included the cute little “Better be…” on the part that stuck out of the bag as a fun little throw to the movies.
- Staple the bottom of the hat together, and about half way up the sides.
- Fill with treats!
- Staple up to the top, leaving enough space to slide your strip of paper inside.
- Add your paper slip, careful the house corresponds with the color!
Next, guests were treated to some of Honeydukes’ finest confections. I simply printed off the labels from this awesome blog post, cut them out and stapled them to some plastic baggies. Again, I grabbed the supplies for this from the dollar store- plus I raided a Beanboozled game that T and I had leftover form the holidays (These make THE BEST the most realistic Bertie Botts of all time, but be warned some of them are seriously gross!). All in all, I only bought the seal-able bags and snacks, so again this project came in at about 15$!
I’m sure y’all saw the instagram of the golden snitch garland, and I promise , we are getting there! But first I want to bring attention to the little owlery that we set up in the corner between the couch and TV. Taking a little inspo from the epic party planners of Pinterest, I drew some of the goofiest looking owl faces on balloons— look I’m not perfect. I cannot draw. I mean like at all. But I did my best. Aside from the goofy looking owls I also pulled together some of T and I’s favorite Harry Potter memorabilia. This included a set of our books; plus some bonus tomes, a beanie baby owl that was a gift from one of my most treasured friends (Thanks Jake!) and a wand. I’m sure you also noticed my time turner, Marauders map and T’s Hufflepuff scarf in the entry! Since I had pretty much everything on hand for this vignette it only cost me 1$ to put together (I didn’t have any balloons at home, insert eye roll emoji)!
DIY Golden Snitch Garland
- Styrofoam balls (small)
- White craft feathers
- Iridescent gold paint
- Fishing line
- Paint brushes
- Clear tape
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Total Cost of Project
- balls 2.5$, paint 1.25$, fishing wire 1.00$, paint brushes 1.25$, feathers 3.75 = 9.75$!
- Paint Styrofoam balls gold, this will take some drying time between coast and you’ll want to paint them at least twice for the best coverage.
- Snip the ends off the feathers and trim to desired size and shape.
- Attach feathers using hot glue on either side of the snitch, my balls had a seam which made even placement easy, if you don’t have this luxury you may want to mark the spots beforehand. Allow to dry.
- Measure out your length of fishing line and using the clear tape, attach snitches equidistantly from each other.
- Hang where desired!