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Harry Potter Happy Christmas BannerHappy Christmas! This threw me for a loop the first time I read it in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone,” and it has thrilled me every time since! A Harry Potter Christmas wouldn’t be complete without this English version of this holiday salutation, and of course, a banner is the perfect decoration for your mantle, or in my case, picture ledge. (Someday I will own a home with a legitimate mantle!!!)

The best part of this DIY is how simple it really is, if not a little time consuming. Just throw on some Netflix and you can easily get it done in an episode or two.

Harry Potter Happy Christmas Banner

Harry Potter Christmas Banner: Happy Christmas!

You will need:

  • 1-2 sheets of gold glitter foam (roughly $1 per sheet)
  • Happy Christmas Stencil (PDF Download)
  • X-Acto Knife or box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Gold/Yellow/Red yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3M adhesive decoration clips


1. Start by printing off the Happy Christmas PDF, which will be letters of about 4 inches high, or you can try a bit larger if you would prefer. If you would like an even larger banner, you can download the font and create the letters are large as you like in Microsoft Word. Cut the letters out… these will be your stencils.

Harry Potter Happy Christmas Banner

2. Place your glitter foam glitter side down, and trace the stencils onto the back of the foam paper, but MAKE SURE to place your stencils backwards when tracing! Otherwise, you will end up with glitter letters backwards.

Harry Potter Happy Christmas Banner

3. Cut out the traced letters. Using a long strand of yarn in the color of your choosing, line up the gold letters so they are spaced the way you want them to be when hung. Using a dot of hot glue, glue each letter to the yarn.

Harry Potter Happy Christmas Banner Harry Potter Happy Christmas Banner

4. Finally, stick your 3M decoration hooks to the wall/mantle and hang your banner!




Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!


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And suddenly
Your breath
Becomes violet
Clashing against
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And that way crayons 
Leave broken trails
Of color
Behind ~ By @andrewcoonswriting 
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