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Magical Ink-pot
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Easy to make, Magical Ink-pots

home made magical inkpot

ink pot ode, to be utter'd each time the pot is used One can behold no more useful an accompaniment to the quill, than the magical ink pot. Waiting deep inside its velvet inky blackness, are all the words for all the tales that have yet to be told. Your task is to discover them and order them to your bidding. However, be sure to utter the Ink Pot Ode as an incantation, before you embark upon the creation of your great opus, and heed the commonsense therein.
. . . Your Magical Ink-pot which will be made using a few old kitchen cleaner bottle caps or a single serving drinks bottle, will look utterly fabulous, and besides, it’s a great way to keep your feather quill on your desk. No serious wizard or witch would think about starting their new term without it.
. . . There is more than one way to make our ink pot and it all depends on what junk you have at hand to make it with. Any small juice bottle (single serving) or small shampoo or conditioner bottle may be cut down to size, sprayed black and simply made in to the finest looking Magical Ink-pot. Because the finishing touch of any magical ink-pot is the label, you'll find that we have provided three different sizes of label on the label download. The label also cleverly covers up the join in the bottles that you have cut down to size. To make sure that it goes round properly, stick it on at the front first, and then wrap both ends round to the back, trimming to the correct length at the back for a really neat finish.
. . . Download, the graphic printable bottle labels and whichever instructions best fit your needs, and get making magic. One set of instructions will show you how to make the ink-pot from three old packaging lids, the other, how to make the ink-pot from a small, single serving bottle. Make a different one with each of your children (if you magically have more than one), or for each colour of ink. The instructions and all the graphic printable templates are available in both A4 and US Letter size downloads just click on the size you need to download it.

Ink-pot making instructions using packaging lids

Choose these instructions if you have collected some packaging lids that you can use to make your ink-pot.

“magical Fantastic craft downloads from dadcando download an A4 printable from dadcandodownload US Letter printable from dadcando

Ink-pot making instructions using small drink bottle

Choose these instructions if you have a small bottle that you can use to make your ink-pot.

“magical Fantastic craft downloads from dadcando download an A4 printable from dadcandodownload US Letter printable from dadcando

Ink-pot label printable

Download and print off these labels to add the finishing touch to your Magical Ink-pot.

“magical Fantastic craft downloads from dadcando download an A4 printable from dadcandodownload US Letter printable from dadcando

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tuskel's Magical Ink-pot
Posted by tuskel - Since I made two quills, red and blue, I thought it would be fun to make the colour changing ink that is mentioned in Philosopher's Stone. Harry buys some in Diagon Alley. However, the name of the wizarding stationery shop is never mentioned. There is one in Hogsmeade, called Scrivenshaft's though (as mentioned in Prisoner of Azkaban) and I figured they must sell some, too. This bottle is made of a water bottle - surely recognisable - and painted inside with different acrylic paints - red, blue and ochre mixed with black. After it was almost dry (we just couldn't wait!), I taped it up and added the labels.Spacer
luppie05's Magical Ink-pot
Posted by luppie05 - I painted the feather with red patina because it was a little damaged because i glued it to the table. But i think it only looks better! Like a real phoenix feather! I painted the inkpot with nail polish, hihiSpacer
snaily's Magical Ink-pot
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snaily's Magical Ink-pot
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puffleprincess's Magical Ink-pot
Posted by puffleprincess - I made these for my youngest son and I have really enjoyed making them thank you for your site.Spacer
yoyomax12's Magical Ink-pot
Posted by yoyomax12 - This was made using a powerade (Gatorade) bottle.Spacer
jedififer's Magical Ink-pot
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bjohnson's Magical Ink-pot
Posted by bjohnson - Thanks for making this project so easy and fun!Spacer
macca's Magical Ink-pot
Posted by macca - This was surprising easy to do and so impressive. I'd recommend anyone to try it out!Spacer
sausages's Magical Ink-pot
Posted by sausages - I used these really funky smoothie bottles and painted them black. I stuck the fabby labels from dadcando on and shoved a pretty gem stone cork in the top!!!Spacer
harrypotter123's Magical Ink-pot
Posted by harrypotter123 - The label on this ink pot is from this website. I am telling this because the label cannot be seen. I used the second instructions of it.Spacer

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Once you have made a few models and toys from junk with your kids, they’ll begin to think of things that they would like to make from scratch. My kids usually start with the phrase, ‘Dad - can we make something?’ Unless you follow a ready made project plan, working out what you are going to make is sometimes the hardest part of the project, and if you don’t know what you are making at the start, you invariably end up with an unrewarding mess at the end.

At the planning stage, you are governed by four things: The available materials, your tools, your and your kid's ability and the time you have. advanced making post-it note The good news is that there are making projects to fit any mix of abilities and facilities. Your materials will be a mixture of junk lying around the house, and the odd bit of some special stuff that you can buy very cheaply. The equipment that you need can almost be limited to a glue gun, some spray paint and a permanent maker. That just leaves your skill level, and to be frank, you don’t need much to make a nice model or toy with your kids that they will love.

When you have decided what you want to make, the first thing to do is get yourself some reference. Search the web and have a look at pictures of the real version of what your kids want to make. Print some off to guide you. home made Ratchet and Clank ray gun

This ray Gun was based on a weapon in one of my children’s favourite games console games, Ratchet and Clank.

Once you have your reference pictures, have a look at what materials you have. Old plastic bottles, boxes, and bits of card are the obvious ones, but get creative. Think of all the things you have in the attic, shed or garden. An old plastic football, a bit of garden hose, a toothbrush, or a piece of aluminium grille are all great starting points for a neat project.

The great thing about making something from a console game is that it gets the kids off the game and into some really imaginative play, running round the house or garden, while still feeding into the world of their game.

advanced making TARDIS door sign If you can, use the computer design and print out label and graphics that will enhance your model. Dadcando's TARDIS project is really finished off by printouts of the Police Phone Call Box sign, and the smaller door sign, and on this project, we have already drawn up and laid them out to make the job really easy.

But you might need something more than just junk, if you are going to make really realistic models. Foam Board is a superb model making material, which will enable you to make just about anything which has a box like shape. The TARDIS and K9 were both made almost entirely from Foam Board. For things that have curves, where no plastic packaging is suitable, you’ll have to resort to Polymorph, papier mache, or Plaster of Paris bandage.
advanced plaster of Paris bandage roll To use Plaster of Paris bandage, simply cut it into 300mm (1 foot) long sections off the roll and pull through a saucer of water. It’s very messy, but great fun and dries overnight to a hard finish. It’s great for scenery, very satisfying to use and easy to paint with water based paints when it is dry.

advanced LED usage To add the finishing touches to an advanced model, nothing works better than a bit of light. LEDs (light emitting diodes) are brilliant for this. They are low power, low current drain (meaning that they last a long time on the same battery), they can be very bright and are small, so they can be put almost anywhere in a model or homemade toy. You can find out more about LEDs in the Useful Stuff You Need section on

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