Step 2: Howler

Picture of Howler

In this step we will go over how to make an easy but realistic howler for about ten bucks.

First off the idea here is that we are using a recordable greeting card to send our voices in a howler. I have found that this is a remarkably simple way to get a very "true to the movie" effect.

(Sorry about not having any pictures I intend to add some later if my camera starts working or I get a new one)

So essentially what you are going to need is a study standard envelope and a recordable greeting card. First, paint the envelope red. Then take apart the greeting card and glue it into the envelope so that when you open the envelope it starts talking. Just glue it in using the same principal used to make it work when the greeting card is opened just makes it so it talks when the envelope is open. Then record a seething message and use a sticker to close the envelope. You now have a real Howler!

Also if this method is too pricy or you want a howler more for looks than function then you may want to just paint an envelope red or instead of a recordable greeting card module just stick some sort of noisemaker in there so it scares or annoys the opener.

akshay73943 years ago
Could you pleeeeease try and make something Time Turner-related? :)
i havnt started mine yet but i want the looks to so how can i make it where its closed the they open it and it talks and stuff because i just cant figure out how the talking thing works
Diyified (author)  harry potter fanatic4 years ago
What I would do is just go ahead and make the howler the way you want it to look and then try to add the greeting card. The way that the talking thing works is that it is simply a recordable greeting card cut down to size and rotated into an envelope so that instead of making noise when someone opens the greeting card, it makes noise when someone opens the envelope. I would also suggest figuring out the greeting card before you cut up the card ( Figure out how to prerecord and such). Then stick it into your howler along the hinge of where it opens so that when the howler opens it opens what is left of the greeting card and makes it talk. Hope that helps!
how do you get the inside part
(YOUR N4 years ago
is dis good
Diyified (author)  (YOUR N4 years ago
That looks really good! Did you already add the voice?
sorry dude dont know how to
Great idea! We have lots of Harry fans in the family who will love this idea! To make it even easier, you can buy just the recordable module on a sticker-type sheet that you can adhere to the envelope. (I have a website where I sell 15-second recordable modules and recordable greeting cards, http://www.vocalgreetings.com/.)