This is the perfect gift for the Harry Potter obsessed person in your life, if you want to give them something a little more creative and grown up. If they happen to be a foodie, even better. When my close friend's birthday rolled around, I just knew I had to make her something Harry Potter related. I have to admit that I probably got more joy out of making this gift than the person receiving it. Here's how I did it:
for the cake box , you'll need the following things:
- ROUND PAPER MACHE BOX- this will be your "cake". It can be any size you like, as long as it's large enough for your potion bottles to all fit inside. If you are shipping this gift, I recommend wrapping each bottle in bubble wrap so they don't break. This takes up a little bit more space in your box.
POTION BOTTLES- I have a thing for glass bottles and have been collecting any that I like over the years. Some I bought from a craft store, or they came from the grocery store and I removed the kabel. The Butterbeer elixir I put in an kombucha bottle.
PAINT-you'll need both acrylic paint and puff paint for the lettering. I mixed three different colorstogether for the "icing", but you can just use one if you aren't as obsessed with color matching as I am, haha.
Paint the hat box with 3-4 layers, or as many as it takes for the color to be opaque. On the final layer, you can lay the paint on very thick and then use the end of your paintbrush to create a crack in the cake like it appears in the movie. Let it dry and touch up with more paint if the color of the box shows through.
Once thoroughly dry, use the green puff paint to write "Happee Birthdae ______". I did it freehand, but you can lightly write the lettering on the box with pencil first if you feel too nervous to do that. Allow to dry overnight.
What I used to make my potions:
- FELIX FELICIS- I infused honey with lavender for 3 days, then added gold colored sprinkles to it. You can infuse your honey with anything you like (or the person you are giving it to likes) such as vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne... or nothing at all. The honey was thick enough to suspend the sprinkles which I thought was a nice touch.
- BUTTERBEER ELIXIR- I used THIS butterscotch recipe and made sure it was completely cooled before pouring it into the bottle.
- MERMAID WINE- I infused gin with lavender and left the flowers in there because I thought it added to the look of the potion. You can use any alcohol or infusion you like.
- POLYJUICE POTION- you can buy jalapeno hot sauce from the store or use this recipe HERE
To make the labels for the bottles, I used cotton tape and frayed the edges a bit before putting it on the bottle. I am a craft supply hoarder, and just happened to have it, so you can absolutely just use masking tape or washi tape.