How to Make Simple Harry Potter Potion Ornaments

Your tweens and teens are going to love making these simple Harry Potter potion ornaments. They’re one of our favorite Christmas crafts for teens.

Do your kids love all things Harry Potter, especially the magic? Use this interest to create a cute potion ornament to hang on the Christmas tree.

Teens can brew up their favorite elixir and feel like they’re a student attending a potion class at Hogwarts with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

I have already made two of these ornaments for my little Harry Potter tabletop tree and plan to make a bunch more to give to my friends as gifts.

Small glass jar ornament filled with small gold beads, with a beige tag, hanging on a Christmas tree.

Harry Potter Potion Ornaments

Want to show off your love for all things Harry Potter? Brewing up some of these DIY potion ornaments is a great way to show off your passion.

It’s incredibly simple to make and you can customize it to your favorite elixir.

Harry Potter Magic Potions

Teens who are obsessed with the magic of Hogwarts will love this homemade potion ornament.

Anyone who has dreamed of attending Hogwarts has imagined themselves impressing the tough to please, Professor Snape in his dungeon-dwelling potions class, or stopping by Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes to pick up a love potion to give their crush will want to brew their very own magic potion.

Even though they may not be able to attend a potions class themselves, these magical Christmas ornaments are a way for them to connect to their inner witch or wizard.

Although not often discussed in great detail, magic potions played a big part in many of the Harry Potter stories. Harry, Ron, and Hermione used potions countless times to get themselves out of sticky situations.

Whether they used Polyjuice to interrogate Draco or sneak into Gringotts, Felix Felicis to learn the truth about he who must not be named, or Amortentia to confirm Hemione’s feelings for Ron, potions helped the trio in many of their adventures.

Which potion will your tween choose?

Homemade magic potion ornaments hanging on a mini Harry Potter tree.

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There are countless potions to choose from, but to make it easy, here are a handful of the most popular ones from the series.

Your kids can make an ornament featuring one of these or choose a different one.

Love Potion

aka Amortentia

Amortentia is an extremely powerful love potion that gives the person who drinks it a mighty obsession over someone else.

This potion is known to smell differently to each person, based on what and who attracts them.

It was famously introduced in The Half-Blood Prince, when Hermione smells scents that remind her of Ron.

Sleep Potion

aka Draught of Living Death

Draught of Living Death is a powerful elixir that sends the taker into a deep, deathlike, sleep.

In the sixth book of the Harry Potter series, The Half-Blood Prince, on the first day of class, Harry uses the prince’s textbook to brew the potion so well, Horace Slughorn gifts him with a bottle of Felix Felicis.

Harry Potter Good Luck Potion

aka Felix Felicis

The Felix Felicis potion grants the taker unusually good luck for the day.

In, The Half-Blood Prince, Harry receives some for brewing a perfect batch of Draught of Living Death.

He later pretends to give some to Ron before his first quidditch match, boosting his confidence.

Later in the book, Harry uses the potion to get the truth about Tom Riddle and Horcruxes from Professor Slughorn.

Harry Potter Transformation Potion

aka Polyjuice Potion

Polyjuice potion will transform you into someone else when you drink it. You’ll take on their appearance for an hour or so.

This potion is brewed with a strand of hair from the person you wish to be made into. The color, texture, and smell depends on the personality of the individual you will become.

Polyjuice is used many times throughout the Harry Potter Series. In The Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch Jr. uses it to disguise himself as Mad Eye Moody and sabotage the Triwizard Tournament.

In The Deathly Hallows, Hermione uses it to transform herself into Bellatrix Lestrange to infiltrate her vault at Gringotts.

Truth Potion in Harry Potter

aka Veritaserum

Veritaserum is a potent truth elixir. It comes from the Latin word, Veritas, which means truth. It only takes three drops of this potion for someone to answer any of your questions with absolute honesty.

In The Order of the Phoenix, Professor Umbridge (The only universally hated Harry Potter character), threatens the students with this potion when they won’t reveal information about Dumbledore’s army.

In the movie version, she actually gives the potion to Cho Chang.

Two small glass jars with cork lids on white background. One is filled with small gold beads, the other with green. They both have a tan tag hanging on silver wire.

Recommended Potion Colors

After you decide what magic potion to make for your ornament, you must choose a bead color. This should reflect the potion, so choose wisely.

Or just pick your favorite color and call it whatever you’d like. It’s really up to you.

Here are some recommended magic potion colors if you’re trying to stay true to the stories. Hopefully, this makes it easier for you to choose a bead color for your ornament.

  • Amortentia – purple beads
  • Draught of Living Death – black beads
  • Felix Felicis – gold beads
  • Polyjuice Potion – green beads
  • Veritaserum – white beads

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It’s time to get your older kids their own copy if they don’t own all of the books and the entire movie collection yet.

Ready to make your own magic potion ornament?

Gold glass seed beads in a small glass jar with a cork top. Beige tag hanging from silver wire around the neck.

Harry Potter Potion Ornament

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Teens will love creating their own magical potion ornament to hang on the Christmas tree.


  • Small glass jar with cork lid
  • 12/0 glass seed beads (at least 2 ounces)
  • Thin jewelry wire
  • 2" eye pin
  • Strong glue (like E6000)
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Cardstock


  • Wire cutter
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors


    Gather all of your supplies.

    Materials needed to make a Harry Potter potion ornament. Green and gold glass beads, jewelry wire, glue, eye pins, a tag, and a glass jar.

    Pull the cork out of the bottle.

    Carefully use a sewing needle to poke a thin hole through the cork, from top to bottom.

    Insert the eye pin through the hole you just created. Bend the bottom of the pin, so it won't slide back out of the cork. Cut off any excess.

    Teen girl using a Leatherman tool to pull an eyepin through the cork top of a small glass bottle

    Pour beads into the glass jar.

    We decided to fill ours completely (just below the cork), but it's up to you how full to make your potion.

    Teen girl pouring small gold beads into a small glass jar

    Use a strong glue to hold the cork in place. Make sure you let it dry fully before hanging it on your tree.

    We let ours dry overnight, but it was probably ready in about 2 hours.

    Teen girl pressing a cork top down into a glass jar filled with gold beads

    Create a label out of colored cardstock. We used beige to give it an antique feel.

    The size will be determined by the size of your glass jar. You want the label to be large enough to be seen, but not so large that it overshadows the potion. Again, this is personal preference.

    Choose a script font (we used Blackladder ITC) for the name of the potion and add a border around it. You can do this on the computer or use a rubber stamp like we did.

    Print it on the cardstock and cut out the tag.

    Wrap the neck of the bottle with wire or twine, and string the tag on before securing the end. It's up to you how much wire or twine you use.

    We used a lot of wire because we liked the look of a thicker band around the neck of the jar.

    Tween girl wrapping thin silver jewelry wire around the neck of a small glass jar filled with gold beads

    Tie a ribbon or twine through the eye pin and hang your potion on your tree.

    Two small glass bottles filled with glass beads, one gold and one green made into potion bottle ornaments


  • Keep in mind the size and weight of the bottle and your Christmas tree. If you're putting this onto a tabletop tree, you'll want to choose a smaller jar than if you were decorating a standard tree. This also goes for how full you make the bottles. Just keep the weight of the ornament in mind.
  • You can use twine instead of wire to wrap around the bottle and hang it from the tree.
  • When making your tag, you could use premade cardstock tags and just handwrite out your potion name.

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Your tween will have so much fun creating their own homemade potion ornament. As you can see, it’s incredibly simple to make, and it looks amazing hanging from the Christmas tree.

Maybe it will inspire your tweens and teens to create their very own mini Harry Potter tree to hang all of the cool ornaments they’ll be making.

Which potion ornament is your teen going to make first?

Abigail Zechman

Abigail Zechman

I'm a homeschool graduate, currently attending college for elementary education. My goal is to be a numismatic educator. I'm passionate about coins, Harry Potter, and Peter Pan.
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