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The DIY Monster Book of Monsters

Introduction: The DIY Monster Book of Monsters

For Halloween this year we embraced our love for Harry Potter to revive a previous halloween monster project (found here). Reinvented with 100% muggle brand crafting supplies, our Monster Book of Monsters is sure to stun any halloween or Harry Potter enthusiast. So get your googly eyes ready because this instructable will certainly be one for the books!

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Step 1: Gather Materials

Before beginning your Harry Potter inspired journey, there are some materials you must gather. We started this project using the Digilent Robotic Box Monster Kit, which included our white box and other goodies for later use. While this instructable will only feature the creation of our Monster Book of Monster exterior, stay tuned for a follow up instructable using the included Box Monster Kit electronics.

Since we did not have faux fur like other instructable projects, we used some yarn that looked like hair when disassembled. White yarn was then used to make 3D pages, however, you are welcome to use whatever craft supplies you have around the house/makerspace. Tentacles and monster book jaws were made by hand using oven bake clay that was mixed and combined before shaping and baking. Spray adhesive was one of our most used materials and helped attach the monster hair, book colors (made from cardstock paper) and googly eyes (a must for any Digilent project). Finally we included some scissors that were used to deconstruct the yarn to make monster hair.

Some other products were used but were not pictured. These included: a Silhouette Cameo printer, an oven (to bake the clay), a pink hot glue gun, and gloves to keep your hands clean.

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Step 2: Wrap the Box

Just like any good present, we want to start off by wrapping the outside of our box. Wizards and witches can quickly accomplish this step by performing a color changing charm. The rest of us muggles, however, can use the brown construction paper provided in the materials list.

Start by gluing the construction paper onto the top, spine, and bottom of the box. Our use of brown construction paper in this step helps make your next step easier and creates a more realistic book monster. While we chose to cover the entire box in brown paper, it is unnecessary to cover the sides of your box. These sides will eventually become your book pages, which may be white or another color of your choice. You will find out more about this process in the steps to come.

Step 3: Give the Box Some Hair

Now that we’ve covered your box with a beautiful brown coat, you will want to give your book monster some stylish hair. Other instructable projects have used faux fur for their Monster Book of Monsters, but we did not have any of this on hand. Instead we found coarse yarn that we then separated and cut to a desirable, hair-like length.

After cutting our yarn into smaller pieces, we disassembled it with our fingers to make our monster’s hair. We collected clumps of hair inside the box during this step, keeping it in one place to avoid lost progress. When we had a good handful worth of hair, we sprayed our adhesive on the top and spine of our book monster. To keep your hands clean and adhesive free, use gloves while setting your monster’s hair on top of the spray adhesive.


Step 4: Line the Pages

Once our book had hair, the next step was lining its pages. Since we covered our box completely in brown, we had to cut four rectangular pieces of paper to line the outside of our box.

Looking at examples of The Monster Book of Monsters online, we noticed that the pages were fairly ragged. We attempted to imitate this disheveled appearance by fraying the ends of our pages. To achieve this ragged edge look, first cut straight into the rectangle page ends. Next cut diagonally one direction, and again in the other direction, thus carving out uneven triangles. The rougher these pages look, the better your book’s overall feral appearance will shine through.

When you are pleased with how your pages turned out, it’s time to spray more adhesive and place the pages on the outside edges.

Step 5: Give the Pages Definition

Now that you have your pages in place, you will need to give them some 3D definition. Using any additional yarn you might have (white yarn works best here), roughly measure it to fit your page length then cut about a handful of uneven yarns. Apply more spray adhesive to the side of your box and stick the yarns on top of your previously cut book paper (refer to step 4). Don’t worry if the yarns overlap slightly as this will only improve your book’s untamed personality.

Step 6: Let There Be Sight

Now that your book monster has pages and hair, it’s time to add the best part. Googly eyes are one of our favorite muggle crafting items. For this project we found some bright yellow eyes that we thought would give our book an eerie demeanor.

Taking our leftover yarn, we cut four long pieces that extended about halfway across the top of our book monster. You can use your fingers to break apart the yarn, like we did in step 3 when giving your box its first layer of hair. Be mindful to keep your yarn strands clumped together after you separate the individual fibers. When you have separated the fibers within each yarn grouping, glue one googly eye onto the end of each strand of yarn. Apply enough glue for each eye that you can press it into the book’s fur and have it stick straight up. You may need to spray more glue to ensure your eyes stick properly.

Straighten the hairs behind each eye so that they stand apart on top of your monster box. Do not spray too much glue or else your hair will mat.

Step 7: Mold the Features

Get out your clay before moving on to the most important features of our book. Most oven bake clays requires a few minutes of kneading to warm up, so take this time (while you read through this step) to start moving your clay around.

Our monster box consists of three important features that we decided to model with oven bake clay. The first of these features is the monster book’s mouth. In the Harry Potter movie, The Monster Book of Monsters appeared with jaws that stuck out from the top and bottom book covers. We tried to replicate this effect by shaping small, oval jaw lines that curved slightly inward. Each jaw was shaped as if the clay was first folded around the end of a rounded object (ex. a water bottle), and then indented to craft the gums. We created teeth by removing tic-tac size clay chunks from our warmed up clay, pinching the ends to make a pointed shape. About seven teeth, all different shapes and sizes, were made for each jaw.

The tongue was our next hurdle, made by folding a long rope of clay in half. Pinching the ends gave the tongue a better shape and helped it appear more dangerous.

Finally, we shaped the book’s tentacles by mixing purple and white clay. This created problems later as these two clays took longer to cook when blended. Removing quarter sized pieces of clay for two sets of tentacles to line the jaws, we rolled out small pasta-like shapes and sharpened the ends. Gray clay was used as tiny suction cup dots underneath each tentacle. When making the tentacles we tried to make them one-of-a-kind because, like humans, each book monster should have its own unique personality. When we finished with the first four tentacles, the rest were formed by dividing the remaining clay into relatively small, similarly sized pieces.

All features were baked according to the directions found on the packaging of the oven bake clay.

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Step 8: Attach the Top Jaw Piece and Tongue

When all book features are cooked to perfection you can begin attaching the jaws. Starting with the top jaw, cut a hole in the crease of your book’s flap and insert the jaw. Our jaw was slightly too long for our book monster so we figured out a way to attach the jaw with a popsicle stick contraption (see images).

Zip ties were fit through the lid of our box monster and tied together on the inside while holding onto a popsicle stick. This released some of the pressure our jaw was placing on our front box flap and returned our ability to close our monster box.

A similar method was used to attach our tongue, however, we had no need for securing this feature.

Step 9: Match and Glue the Bottom Jaw

In an attempt to simplify our process, we attached the bottom jaw with the help of a dependable hot glue gun. After aligning the bottom and top jaws, hot glue was applied mainly to the underside of our bottom jaw. Placing most of our glue underneath the jaw gave our monster a cleaner appearance. Glue that was applied above the jaw was covered with the yarn previously attached as faux book pages. The bottom jaw was then given time to dry and harden onto the monster box.

Step 10: Give Your Monster a Haircut

Before attaching the tentacles we decided to give our monster a haircut. While efforts were made to create an unkempt monster, some of the yarns were too long and looked a bit too wild. Blending the yarns by cutting them to similar lengths on each side helped create greater cohesion between faux book pages.

Step 11: Giving Your Book Monster a Name

The (almost) final stage of our project was giving our book monster a name. For this step we used a Silhouette Cameo printer to cut out our text based on the chosen font style. This simplified our creative process quite a bit and made our text appear very polished. The text file we created, which is formatted for the Silhouette Cameo, is available for anyone interested.

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After your text has printed, you can peel off the letters and test their placement on your monster box. Testing where you want to place your text before using the spray adhesive will give you the chance to rearrange what needs fixing before its too late. Once text placement has been decided you can begin gluing words onto the cover and finalizing your book’s cover.


Step 12: The Tentacles Are Alive!

With our monster box almost finished, it was finally time to add our tentacles! The longer tentacles were placed near the top and bottom jawlines while the remaining tentacles were spaced to fit along the top and bottom sides. Tentacles were attached with help from our handy dandy hot glue gun, and the box was left to dry.

After the tentacles were attached and had time to harden we covered the ends with hair to mimic The Monster Book of Monsters featured in the Harry Potter movies. This hair was applied with spray adhesive as this tended to work best when applying hair.

Step 13: Long Live the Monster Box!

Now that you have completed the exterior of your monster box, you can use it several ways! From halloween prop to candy bowl you now have a wonderful companion and monster friend to keep for years.

Please share with us the ways you intend to make your Monster Book of Monsters unique and let us know what you thought of our instructable! Also stay tuned for a follow up where we will be giving our Monster Book of Monsters the gift of movement, with the help of some magic (electronics). Happy making!

Fully Functional Monster Book of Monsters

Introduction: Fully Functional Monster Book of Monsters

Hello fans of Harry Potter. I’ve made a fully functional Monster Book of Monsters. It moves and it opens and closes its mouth as you can see it in the video above.

Чудовищная книга о чудовищах из Гарри Поттера (обзор)

I know that there are a lot of instructables about how to make Monster books of monsters, but I never found any that explained how to make it move, so I decided to make one.

If you like this instructable please vote for it for the contests. Thanks! 🙂

As English is not my native language, my English es malo 😀 If you find any grammar mistakes, please let me know by sending me a PM.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

To make the Monster book of monsters you will need:

Materias for the exterior:

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  • A box in the shape and the size of a book
  • Some furry Brown Fabric
  • Printable of paper edging and the text (download files.zip)
  • 4 brown Glass flat pebbles
  • Some cardboard and pinkish (or red and white) acrylic painting

Materials for the interior:

  • Arduino (any Arduino will do, even a Nano)
  • 1 H bridge
  • 2 DC Motors and tires
  • 1 servo
  • 4 AA batteries (this depends on the motors you choose)
  • 1 switch
  • Some wires and jumpers


  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue gun
  • Exacto knife
  • Scotch tape


Step 2: Electronics: Wheels and Motors

First of all, to put the wheels, we need to make two holes in the lower side of the box. I measured the wheels and I made the holes a bit bigger so the wheels won’t touch the box.

Then I screw the motors to the box. As the cardboard is not much resistant, I decided to add a plastic sheet to reinforce it. This is not totally necesary, but I think is better.

Also I added a switch so I could turn on and off the electronics from the outside of the box.

Step 3: Electronics: Arduino and H Bridge

As I said before, an Arduino Nano is enough to make the book work. However, I’m using all my Arduino Nano in other projects, so I had to use an «Arduino» Mega.

I screwed the arduino and the H bridge to the lower part of the box.

When you place the boards in the box, be careful not to obstruct the USB port in the Arduino, because you will need to use it to program the board later on.

Then I connected the H Bridge to the Arduino:

H bridge pin — Arduino pin

• ENA 5
• IN1 6
• IN2 7
• IN3 8
• IN4 9
• ENB 10

Of course, you can change the pins in the Arduino, but you have to change them in the code too.

Then I connected the motors to the H bridge (sorry, but I didn’t take any photo of this step)

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• OUT1 — Left motor +
• OUT2 — Left motor —
• OUT3 — Right motor +
• OUT4 — Right motor —

Step 4: Electronics: Batteries

To power the book, I used 4 AA batteries connected in series, to get 6V. You will see that later I added 4 more AA batteries. I connected them in parallel to the previous 4, to get more current. This is not absolutely necesary.

I put 2 batteries on each side to distribute better the weight.

To the GND, I connected the GND of the Arduino, and the GND of the H bridge. Then I connected the +6v to the switch and it to the Vin of the Arduino and the +12v and the +5v of the H Bridge. (To the 12v of the H Bridge you can conect between 5v and 35v).

Step 5: Electronics: Servo

To make the book open and close its «mouth» (the cover), I put a servo. I added a plastic band, so it could lift the cover. Then I placed the servo inside the box, in the middle front, as you can see in the photo.

I attached it with duct tape, because it was the easiest way.

Then I connected it. The GND wire (generally the brown), was conected directly to the GND of the batteries. The positive (generally orange) was connected to the +6v of the batteries.

Do not connect the servo positive and negative wires to the 5v and GND of the Arduino. It is better if you connect them to the batteries directly.

The data wire (usually the yellow one) was connected to the digital pin 4 of the Arduino.

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Step 6: Programming the Arduino, Testing

Now it’s time to program the Arduino. To do so, you’ll need to download the .ino file that I uploaded in this step.

d3-3d.ru Monster book of monster for escape the room. Props and animatronic

Once downloaded, open it with the arduino software, select your board model and the port. Then compile it and upolad it to the arduino.

The objective of the program that I made was to simulate what the book does in the movie, as you can see in this video, when the book goes out from under the bed:

In the movie, the book goes out from under the bed, then stops, looks right and left, and as it doesn’t see anybody returns to under the bed. However, with the program that i made, after it looks right and left, it goes forward again, instead of going back. If you want to change this, you just need to change one of the delay times. This is explained in the comments in the program.

Чудовищная книга о чудовищах The Monster Book of Monsters фокус

All the delay times depend on the motors and the batteries you have. If the motors go fast, you will need short delays, but if they go slow, you will need long delays. Once you program your arduino, turn on your book and see if you need longer or shorter delays. Read the comments on the .ino for more information.

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Step 7: Exterior: Edging of the Book

Once we finished with the electronics, we need to make the book look like a monster book.

First, you need to download the file files.zip and print the image called hojas.png (yes, the name is in Spanish; sorry about that)

Then you need to cut it on the size of the 3 sides of the book where we will put them.

Once you did that, you need to crumple them, to make it look more realistic. Then glue them to the book. I did it with white glue.

Делаем монстр книгу

Step 8: Exterior: Tongue, Gums and Teeth

Now it’s time to make the tongue, the gums and the teeth.

I made the tongue and the gums with cardboard and then painted it with redish pink acrylic paint.

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Then, while I waited for them to dry, I made the teeth. I made them with some tissue, because it is very cheap, and the tooth, and fortunately they were well.

Once the paint dried, I glued the tooth to the gums.

DIY! The Monster Book Of Monsters! Harry Potter

Then I taped the gums to the book, as it’s shown in the photos. I taped them, because after I put the fabric, the tape will be covered.

We will glue the tongue later, because it’s easier to work without it.

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Step 9: Exterior: Fabric

Now we need to glue the fabric to the box.

First, cut some fabric, the size that you will need to cover all the book.

Put the fabric under the box and make a mark in the fabric, on the place that the wheels will be placed, as you see in the photo. Then cut the fabric to make place for the wheels. Save the rest of the fabric, because you will need it.

Книга Монстров из Гарри Поттера / The Monster Book of Monsters

Now it’s time to start gluing it. For this, I used a hot glue gun.

You need to go glue a few fabric at a time, because the glue dries quickly.

Under the book I placed the switch, so I have to decide if I wanted it to be under the fabric or not. I decided to cober it with the fabric, so it can’t be seen from the outside, but you still can press it, so I glued around the switch and glued the fabric.

In the upper part of the book, we need to put the 4 eyes. First,

To do so, mark in the box the place where they will be inserted. Then make a cut in the fabric, in the place there will be the eyes. After that, glue there the fabric you cut before to put the wheels in the part of the box you marked.


Continue gluing the rest of the fabric, but the part where the eyes will be placed.

Step 10: Exterior: Eyes and Text

To make the eyes, you need 4 brown Glass flat pebbles.

Draw the pupils with a permanent marker.

As the fabric is brown and the eyes too, the pupils were difficult to see. So I decided to add a piece of white paper in the back. You can see the results in the photo above.

Now place the eyes in the place you marked, with hot glue, as you can see in the photos. Then cover the upper part with some of the fur. You can glue the fur too.

Now lets add the title of the book. In the .zip you downloaded earlier, there is a photo called text. Print it and cut the words. *This file is from Samantha Kamilos*

Then glue it to the book with hot glue.

Step 11: Exterior: Tentacles and Details

To make the tentacles, just cut the fabric in the shape of tentacles. In the movie, the tentacles in the rearmost part were small and in the front they were big. So in the front make the tentacles bigger than the others.

Do the same in the upper and the lower side of the book.

Now it’s time to put the tongue, finally. To do that, cut a hole in the front, on the left of the mouth. Then insert the tongue and glue it with hot glue.

Then, glue the edges of the fabric to the box, as you can see in the last photo.

Step 12:

Yes, you are right, we finished it! You can watch a video of the book above.

I hope you enjoyed this instructable.

If you do your own book, please send me a picture.

Thanks for reading, and remember: if you want to open your book without being bitted, you have to stroke its spine.

Елочные игрушки в стиле Гарри Поттера своими руками (15 идей)

Ранее мы уже показывали, как можно самостоятельно изготовить украшения для елочки (21 идея игрушек для елки), ну а сегодня хотим продемонстрировать тематические елочные игрушки в стиле Гарри Поттера, которые каждый сможет изготовить своими руками, на этот раз будет представлено 15 интересных украшательских вариантов.