Hello there friends! I’m back with the second installment of our Harry Potter Halloween home series. Did you miss my first post?! No worries! You can see our Harry Potter fireplace here. Today, I’m sharing our dining room decked out like a Potions classroom!
“For your information, Potter, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death. A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and it will save you from most poisons. As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Well? Why aren’t you all copying that down?”
As I mentioned in my first post, I decided not to go too all out with the Harry Potter theme. Instead, I incorporated some key pieces to give it a magical, spooky feel and used items I already had in my decor to fill it out. This is a great way to change up your decor for the seasons and holidays without spending a lot of money.
Another tip for making themed decor work without looking cheesy is using a similar color palette throughout. I stuck with black and white, orange and browns/creams. This neutral base with touches of traditional Halloween colors lets the themed pieces shine while keeping things cohesive.
For my “potions,” I bought a few of these glass bottles from the dollar spot at Target.
They were already labeled with spooky potions ingredients, but I specifically wanted some that correlated with Harry Potter. I was able to find this free potions printable. Total lifesaver! I printed it, cut out a few and glued them to the backs of my bottles using clear Elmer’s glue (that’s all I had on hand). You could just as easily use ModPodge to attach the labels, too. I also snagged an empty growler of my hubby’s and slapped a label on it.
I also picked up the white ceramic owl (that was impossible to get a good photograph of) at the dollar spot too, because what’s a Harry Potter theme without an owl?! It worked for my Fall decor, as well, so I definitely feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it.
This spooky skull was a Dollar Store find and I felt like it was very Snape-ish, so I had to include it. Its sitting on a cake stand from… you guessed it… Target’s dollar spot. I topped it with my DIY fail cloche.
Everything else is stuff that I use in my decor year round or is Halloween / Fall stuff that I’ve had for several years.
Total cost for our Harry Potter dining room:
- 4 potions bottles – $12
- Ceramic owl – $3
- Skull – $1
That puts the grand total at $16!!
I hope y’all are enjoying this Halloween series and are feeling inspired to bring in a little Halloween love to your homes! As always, I’d love to hear what you think, so leave me a comment below! xx