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This Monster Book of Monsters DIY Book Cover is the perfect craft for young wizards. Easy to make with just a few simple supplies needed, it makes a super fun activity for your next Harry Potter movie night or party!
Love the Harry Potter books and movies? You’re definitely not alone! When my oldests daughter hit second grade, she read all the books and instantly became a huge Harry Potter fan. Somewhere along the way, it rubbed off on the rest of us and now we’re all totally hooked.
That’s why making Harry Potter crafts has become one of our favorite things to do! We’ve made everything from Harry Potter wands to Hogwarts house bookmarks and now we have a brand new creation. All you need is about 30 minutes and a few simple supplies and you can whip up your own Monster Book Of Monsters. It’s so much fun and super easy too!
Why We Love This Craft
We always love fun crafts but there are so many uses for this one too. Here are a few ideas:
- Party activity
- Notebook cover
- Journal cover
- Photo album (perfect for those vacation pics from the Wizarding World at Universal)
- Rainy day project
- Great gift idea for a fellow Potter geek
What is the Monster Book Of Monsters
This magical textbook first shows up in the book Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban. Rubeus Hagrid gives one to Harry Potter for his 13th birthday and later it’s used by Hogwarts’ third year students in the Care for Magical Creatures course.
Is It a Friend or a Foe?
If you’ve seen the Harry Potter films, you’ll know that even though the book contains plenty of valuable information, it might just bite your fingers off when you try to open it! Be sure to keep a belt nearby to restrain it! (Don’t worry…our version is much friendlier than the real thing!)
The Secret To Opening It
Want to know a little secret? There is a way to open the book where nobody gets hurt! Just stroke the book’s spine gently and it’ll quickly calm down and open.
The great thing about this DIY Harry Potter Monster Book Of Monsters is that you can find everything you need at Walmart, dollar stores or your favorite craft stores.
- Hard Cover Sketchbook – 4″ by 6″ by 1″ (measurements can be adjusted to fit other sizes)
- Craft Felt – red, pale yellow or off-white, brown
- Permanent Marker
- Large Wiggle Eyes
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Sanding Block
- Monster Book Patterns
If you’re looking for Harry Potter party ideas, this DIY Monster Book Of Monsters is perfect. It’s easy enough for kids to make independently and they’ll have a fun souvenir to take home. I suggest cutting the pieces beforehand, then putting them into individual plastic bags so that each child gets their own set.
Then pour everyone a glass of butterbeer and have some fun getting crafty!
DIY Monster Book Of Monsters Book Cover
- Print and cut out the Monster Book pattern. The template will make a 4"x6" book cover but you can adjust the pattern to fit any size book.
- Trace the Monster Book cover pattern onto brown felt, then cut.
- If you want to give your cover more of a fur-like texture, gently use sandpaper to sand the top of the felt with twisting motions (optional).
- Trace two sets of teeth onto pale yellow or off-white felt, then cut out with scissors. Because these are monster teeth, you don't have to follow the pattern exactly.
- To make the forked tongue, trace the tongue shape onto red felt, then cut out with scissors.
- Use the glue gun to attach teeth to the front of the book, at the top edge and bottom edge of the book cover. Then, open the book to any random page and attach the straight edge of the tongue to that page. You can also attach it to the inside of the book cover, or leave it loose and use it as a bookmark. .
- Starting at one edge, use the hot glue glue to attach the brown cover to the outside of the book. Wrap the cover around the book, gluing as you go, then secure the opposite edge. It's best to do it in small sections to be sure the glue holds. However, don't glue the spine. If you do, the book may not open and close easily.
- Finally, attach four large wiggly eyes to the top of the Monster book. If you want your monster to look a little sillier, use different sizes of wiggly eyes.
- If making the project with younger kids, you can use regular liquid glue instead of a glue gun. It will just take longer to dry.
- Want to get really fancy? Try using faux fur instead of brown felt. The fake fur is a little harder to trace and cut, so younger children may need some help with that part.
- If you don't have a glue gun, you can use tacky glue or Mod Podge instead. It'll just take a little extra time to dry.
- To substitute felt for wiggly eyes, just cut four white felt circles, then smaller tiny circles from black felt. Glue the black circles to the white and voila, monster eyes.
- You can use other colors if that's what you have on hand. Give your monster white teeth, a pink tongue or even change the color of the fur to give this craft your own fun twist.
How cute is this? We loved the way it turned out and it was so easy too. Younger kids could even use this for creative play, forming their own Magical Creatures class. There are so many fun possibilities!