My daughter just turned 10 months old. When my son was tiny, I totally missed the opportunity to do a “9 3/4” photo shoot! You bet I wasn’t going to miss it this time! Here’s how I created my “unnamed Hogwarts student” costume and the props!
I LOVED planning out this photo shoot. It was a lot of work for just a few photos but if you have been following me lately, you know I like to do things a little over the top every now and then.
I searched and searched for a trolley (luggage cart) that would work for a baby to hold on to, that would also make it seem like it was halfway through a brick wall.
Believe it or not, tiny shopping carts and luggage trolleys can be EXPENSIVE. I was not about to spend $30 or more on a photo prop for one or two photos!
I got a package in the mail a couple of days after I started my hunt and inspiration struck me. CARDBOARD. I can make anything out of cardboard if I try hard enough!
I received The Baby Dress in black from Primary.com for free for the purposes of this post! Thank you Primary! As always, this fact does not alter my opinions of the product.
I cut everything out free hand from two different cardboard boxes. You will want moving size boxes or larger so you have enough to work with. If you’re anything like me you will need a little more than you think you need for in case you mess a piece up.
I cut out an “H” shape with the middle part being a good bit thicker for the back of the trolley. I then cut an identical piece so I could glue them together and it would be sturdier.
Then I cut the platform of the trolley in a rounded off trapezoid type of shape. I wish I had better measurements for you but I really just eyeballed it and went for it! The baby or child will be/should be the focus of your image anyway!
I cut out some wheels, added a few embellishments to hide the ugly parts (like the circles on the ends of the handles) and I hot glued the MESS out of the trolley. I used hot glue and support cardboard all over the place. After all it was going to be leaned on by a wiggly 9 month old so it needed to be sturdy!
I also added little feet type supports underneath to help hold it up. On these there are three layers of cardboard.
I threw together a suitcase and a trunk using cardboard (also just eyeballed it) and got to work painting!
The paint I had on hand worked just fine. I had grey, silver, black, brown and yellow.
Later on I managed to find that little wire basket in the dollar spot at Target! It worked perfectly. If you can’t find anything like that at Target, Walmart, or heck, a thrift store, don’t worry about it! It’s not necessary, just added to the effect.
For Hedwig’s cage I just threaded some pipe cleaners (chenille stems) through some cardboard and curved them around so they wouldn’t slip through. I used hot glue to add another piece of cardboard on the bottom to cover the messy pipe cleaners and help secure it. Then just tie the stems together to make it look like a bird cage!
Finley’s Hogwarts costume was by far the easiest part of this photo shoot!
Her cute little black shoes are from Pediped!
The Dress is the baby dress in black from Primary.com
Little knee socks from PatPat.com
The bow is from Little Bae Bae boutique
The patch was from Amazon
You want to make sure you give the Hogwarts patch enough heat, because she peeled it right off after this photo shoot. I was dumb and ironed it on without anything protecting it so the top part started to melt which is why I didn’t apply more heat.
I’ll also mention that when you wash the baby dress for the first time, I would not do it how I did it! I think I should have washed it with like colors or by itself (I’m a “Throw it all in and wash it cold” type of housewife) because it came out covered in lint from the other clothes! I’m probably going to have to wash it again to get that off.
This Hogwarts costume is no sew, affordable, and soooo easy! It’s the best way to show off your little Hogwarts student! I wanted the dress to mimic a robe or school uniform which is why the baby dress was so perfect. You can get the long sleeved version too, for a similar effect!
Below are some links that you might find helpful if you’re looking to recreate this costume! They are affiliate links which means I earn a commission if you purchase using them, but at no additional cost to you.
You can see the Instagram post I did by clicking here!