DIY: Clay Potion Bottle Soap Dispensers (Harry Potter-inspired)

Row of jars for potions bottles
We have been on a bit of a Harry Potter kick lately! We are planning to vend at this fall’s Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival and getting our wares ready early.

Nothing is more mystical in the Wizarding World then potions. They bewitch the mind, ensnare the senses, slay the bacteria…

At least they do when the potion is actually soap. And so, here is an easy tutorial for DIY Harry Potter-themed potion jar soap bottles, decorated with clay.

Step 1: Choose a small jar

Jar for Harry Potter potion soap bottle

Step 2: Use a three-quarter inch spade bit to drill a hole in the jar lid. Use this bit, hold it steady, and watch your perfect hole appear in less than 5 seconds – seriously!

Set 3: Create 3D accents out of polymer clay. This Sculpey clay is magical – easy to work with and takes color perfectly. Follow baking instructions – but if you want your pieces to curve around your jar, apply them with a bit of Elmers glue and bake the entire jar, clay and all.

 Step 4: Stamp the name of your potion into your clay. You can also paint the name on, but these vintage rubber stamps create a great effect. They settle into the clay cleanly and show up well after baking.

Step 5: Paint to your heart’s content. I highly recommend these paints for any metallic look you try to create. Their smooth shimmer creates a beautiful effect.

Don’t forget to seal everything to protect against chips and scratches: <a href="http://Bulk Buy: Plaid (2-Pack) Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe 8oz CS15059“>Martha Stewart’s Mod Podge creates a very hard surface that will protect your clay nicely. (It looks expensive, but that bottle will carry you through many projects!)


Step 6: Use epoxy or Superglue to attach a soap pump to the lid. I used this gorgeous soap pump for a classy look, but these black plastic pumps are a definite value buy.

Fill it with soap, screw it together, and you are ready to blast those doxies. I mean, germs.

Seriously, though, this is a great gift for anyone who loves Harry Potter or The Wizarding World. As such, it and its complete units will be available in our Etsy shop soon!

The Magic of a Harry Potter Birthday Party

She gasped and gave an excited wiggle the first time she saw Hogwarts. She jumped up to cheer when Griffyndor won Quidditch. She’s feeling all the feels when Harry sees his parents in the Mirror of Erised.

Having escaped to the magical world often myself, I love sharing Harry Potter with my daughter. So when she wanted a Harry Potter-themed party for her 8th birthday, that was it.

My mom created the Hogwarts cake, my grandma made the Harry Potter decorations, and my sister helped run the magical activities. (And my poor fiance set up the chairs and ducked out of the way.)

It was a magical, Hogwarts-y blast of a party. The kids loved it. I loved it. My daughter loved it. Here it is:

The Activities

The Decorations

The Food

The Aftermath

I’d say the party was a success, because here’s what’s happening now:

  • My mother is ready to make a Hogwarts cake, Round 2
  • I’m signing up to be a vendor at the next local Harry Potter Festival
  • My daughter keeps picking up the Goblet of Fire to read herself (she’s 7)

Mischief managed. 😛