Journal with a pretty cover the same size and shape of the book to be altered
The Tales of the Beedle Bard Book, or any book that you would like to alter
Stickers that look old, used and magical
Rub-on transfers that look old, used and magical
Locks that look old, used and magical
Keys that look old, used and magical
"Grunge board" shape
Ivory paper that matches the book
Gold enamel paint
Paint brush
Hole punch
Paper cutter
Box cutter or Exacto knife

Carefully cut inside the front and back covers of both books, then take out the insides and switch them.

Decorate the front and back of the new cover with old, magical looking stickers.

Figure 1

With a hole punch, punch 5 holes in the front cover and apply the locks to the holes.

Figure 2

Put the keys on a small copper ring.

Figure 3

Tie a ribbon around the keyring and glue the ribbon inside the top of the book binding.

Paint the "grunge board" shape with gold enamel paint, then print the title out using the font of your choice and attach it to the painted shape and the front of the book with glue.

Author's Note: My title was typed using BernhardtFashion font.

To make the book look more like Hermione's original retype all of the Dumbledore pages using the Script font on ivory paper.

Figure 4

Make a title page for the book itself, and for each story, and decorate them with old, magical looking rub-on transfers and other stickers that match the stories.

Figure 5

Figure 4a

To place the new title pages carefully tear out the old pages and insert the new pages, then glue everything back together.

Once that dries, glue the insides back into the cover.

Making an optional Treasure Box from the leftover parts
If you desire, you can make a Treasure Box out of the original The Tales of the Beedle Bard cover and the journal pages.

To do this use craft glue and spread a very small amount around all four edges of each of the journal pages, about a ½-inch (1.27 cm) wide and a ½-inch (1.27 cm) in from the edge. Make sure not to use too much glue or the pages will not dry flat.

Set something heavy on this, and let it dry a few hours.

Author's Note: Make sure to protect your surfaces from leaking glue!

Once dry use a box cutter or Exacto knife to cut inside the glue line a few pages at a time, so that when you've cut all the way down through all of the pages you have a hollowed out pad about 1" (2.54 cm) wide on all four sides.

Glue the spine of this to the spine of The Tales of the Beedle Bard leftovers.

Make sure it fits tightly and dries completely.

Once it is dry glue the bottom page onto the last page in The Tales of the Beedle Bard.

Now you have a Beedle the Bard book that is really a box, to fill with small, flat Harry Potter treasures. Like maybe, ...a small black stone with a crack in it?


Lastly, if you find a small black stone with a crack in it that you want to keep in your treasure box, you can
make it shiny by first washing it, and then painting it with clear acrylic paint - just don't turn it over three times in your hands!

Final Product


© katandcon's tutorial was taken with permission.

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