Introduction: Ron's Howler
Another project by popular request! My version of Ron's Howler as seen in Harry Potter is different from others because it can be folded back and forth between the howler and an envelope. It also includes the envelope ribbon and gold wax seal. Along with the templates for Ron's letter and mailing label, I've also included a blank letter and blank mailing label so you can customize this to be party invitations, Christmas or Birthday cards, or pretty much anything you want.
- Cutting Mat – Get it here
- X-Acto Knife – Get it here
- Metal Ruler – Get it here
- Glue Stick - Get it here
- Double-Sided Tape - Get it here
- Scissors - Get it here
- 8.5x11 Paper - Get it here
- Sticker Paper - Get it here
- Red Cardstock 12x12 - Get it here
- Dark Red Ribbon - Get it here
- Gold Sealing Wax - Get it here
- Hogwarts Stamp - Get it here
You'll also need to download the free templates I've provided using the link below (desktop) or above (mobile).
Step 1: Video Tutorial
Watch the video tutorial or follow the written steps with photos.
Step 2: Cutting the Envelope
The end goal in this step is to make a sheet of 6x15 inch red card stock.
Take a sheet of 12x12 red card stock paper and cut it in half. I measured 6 inches over and made a couple of light marks at the top and bottom of the paper so I could line up my ruler and make a straight cut down the center of the paper with my x-acto knife.
Now you'll have two 6x12 sheets. Cut one of them into a 6x4 inch sheet. Apply some glue to the first inch of the 6x4 piece and glue it to the 6x12 sheet. This will give us our final 6x15 inch sheet.
Step 3: Folding the Envelope
Folding the envelope is easy, but there are many steps. It's nearly impossible to accurately describe how to fold this, so I've included a video tutorial and series of photos to illustrate the process.
Step 4: Cutting & Folding the Letter
Print the howler letter (double-sided) on regular paper. Cut it out with your ruler and x-acto knife for nice straight edges.
Make a fold about a half-inch in from the bottom and another from the top. This is going to be the Howler's teeth. pinch about 4 or 5 little creases along the top and bottom of the letter where we made the half-inch folds. This should give you something that resembles teeth.
Step 5: Making the Tongue
Cut off a 3 to 3 1/2 inch strip of dark red ribbon. Fold it in half length-wise and cut off one end of it at an angle. When you unfold the ribbon you should have a flat end on one side and a forked-tongue-looking end on the other.
Make a slit in the center of your letter wide enough for the ribbon to fit through. The cut should be under the words "another toe" 9 lines down from the top.
feed your ribbon-tongue through the slit and use double sided tape to attach it to the back of the letter.
Now you can use double-sided tape to attach the letter into the Howler. See images for reference.
Step 6: The Ribbon, Wax Seal, & Mailing Label
At this point, you have a Howler. Now we need to fold it into a letter shape. Again, use the video tutorial and photos to get this done.
Measure a length of ribbon long enough to wrap around the letter vertically and leave a good amount of extra ribbon on both ends. We're going to use some double sided tape to get the ribbons to hold the right shape - see images. It should wrap vertically around the envelope and meet in the front. Both ends of the ribbon should angle downward from the center toward the bottom two corners of the envelope. Now you can cut off the extra length on each end. You want both ends to be forked just like the tongue in the last step. Now use a couple of pieces of double sided tape to stick the ribbon into place on your envelope.
The Wax Seal
Melt some gold sealing wax onto a blank sheet of sticker paper. We want our seal to be about the size of a quarter, so make sure you melt enough wax. Next, press your Hogwarts stamp onto the wax. You can use any stamp for this. A "W" stamp would probably make the most sense, because this letter was sent from the Weasleys. Once it dries (usually less than a minute) remove the stamp to reveal your wax seal. Use scissors to cut around the seal - you want to make sure none of the paper is visible unless you flip the seal upside down. If you peel off the protective paper from the back of the wax seal, you should be able to stick it on to where the ribbon meets on the front of your envelope.
The Mailing Label
Now print out the mailing labels on sticker paper and cut one out. Stick it onto the back of your envelope (on top of the ribbon) and now the envelope is finished!
Folding and Unfolding the Howler
Now you can easily remove the wax seal and unstick the ribbon. Then open the envelope up into the Howler. From here, you can fold it back into an envelope and restick the ribbon and wax seal.
Step 7: You're Finished!
That's it! You're all done!
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