This year I combined the two most magical things I could think of- Christmas and Harry Potter! The result is an amazing Harry Potter Christmas tree filled with an assortment of DIY ornaments from the Wizarding World that I made and am so in love with. Today I’m showing you how to make a cute DIY Harry Potter cake ornament!
A DIY Harry Potter cake ornament is just perfect for any Harry Potter fan in your life, whether it’s your significant other, a child, grandchild, friend, teacher, or for you.
Grab a glass of hot butterbeer and a chocolate frog and let’s get started!
Be sure to check out our whole Harry Potter Christmas tree too. It’s pretty impressive and I can’t get over how much I love it.
I’m sharing all the DIYs for the ornaments so you can have a whole tree full of Harry Potter ornaments in your life.
Disclaimer: I know the movie showed the words “Happy Birthday Harry” that Hagrid wrote in frosting on the top of the cake misspelled. In the book, however, Hagrid got it right and nothing was misspelled at all. SO I’m going with the book version and giving Hagrid credit for knowing how to spell. Feel free to misspell if you feel the need.
Disclaimer 2: In the book the cake is chocolate with green frosting, but I really like the visual of the pink frosting with the green writing so we’re going with that. Feel free to use whatever colors you’d like!
DIY Harry Potter Cake Ornament
- Pink oven bake clay (I used Sculpey from Michaels)
- Green fabric dimensional paint (I used Tulip brand)
- Round cookie cutter (the size that you would like your ornament to be)
- Rolling pin
- Eye pin (for attaching the ribbon to the ornament)
- White gesso
- Pink craft paint
- Thin green ribbon
Step 1. You’ll need one small package of pink clay for each DIY Harry Potter Cake ornament. Work the dough in your hands for a few minutes until it gets soft and pliable.
Roll it out slightly so that the top is smooth and slightly larger than your round cutter. Cut out the circle with the cutter.
Step 2. Insert a small metal eye pin in the top center of the ornament. I found some at Walmart with the picture hanging supplies. It’s a small metal pin with a round circle at the end. The ribbon for the ornament will go through the eye pin to hang it on the tree.
If you can’t find the eye pins or don’t want to deal with them, you can also just use hot glue to attach the ribbon to the back of the ornament.
Bake the pink clay cake(s) according to the manufacturer’s directions on the package. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Step 3. Now it’s time to frost the cake! I used white gesso, since I knew it would add some texture, and just added some pink paint until it was the color I wanted.
Go a shade or two brighter with the pink paint than you want because when you mix it with the white gesso it will get lighter.
I mixed mine with a popsicle stick then used the stick to “frost” my little cakes. Let dry completely.
Step 4. Use the green fabric dimensional paint to write the words “Happy Birthday Harry” on the top of the cake. This doesn’t have to be perfect!
If it’s a little crooked or uneven with some parts bigger than others, don’t worry. Harry’s real birthday cake was a little cock-eyed but was still just perfect. Just be sure to leave enough room for the letters at the end, because you have a lot to fit in. It helps that the paint tip is very small.
Let dry completely. Loop some green ribbon through the eye pin at the top and tie a knot.
Now your sweet little DIY Harry Potter cake ornaments are all done and ready to display!
I hung mine on my Christmas tree, but you could also use these to hang on gifts, Harry Potter party favor bags, and more.
Be sure to see our entire Harry Potter Christmas tree and Harry Potter Christmas decorations!