How to make DIY Quidditch Pitch Viewing Stands out of foam-core board and card stock. A fun and easy project for you and the kids.
- 4 – Foam-Core Boards, we got ours at the dollar store
- Straight Pins
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Colored Card Stock: Red, Blue, Yellow, & Green
- White Card Stock
- Double Stick Tape or Glue of Choice
- Wooden Skewers
- Optional: Rice (for added weight)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Cutting Mat
- Straight Edge
- Utility Knife
For Halloween this year, our family is participating in a Trunk or Treat. We decided we wanted to do a Quidditch Game; we’ve been into Harry Potter lately. I found multiple table-top and outdoor quidditch games on Pinterest and adapted these ideas to fit in our trunk. In this post, I’ll show you how my kids and I, constructed the viewing stands. We decided we wanted one for each Hogwarts house, so we made four.
My foam-core board was 29.75″ by 20″ so adjust if your’s is a different size. I planned out the measurements, so I only needed one foam-core board per viewing stand. The first photo above shows all the lines I drew on my board. In the next photo, I’ve indicated all my measurements. The parts I’ve highlighted blue are extra. I started by marking 5″ down from the top, then measuring 4-5″wide sections on the bottom, and finally marking all smaller pieces. For the triangular roof pieces, I measured in from the side 2.5″, then 5″ etc. I connected my marks using diagonal lines to form the triangles.
Once I got all the measurements marked and lines draw, I cut out the pieces using a cutting mat, straight edge and utility knife. The kids helped me a lot, but I did all the cutting. You can cut the lines without a straight edge, but I find it very helpful. I cut up the foam board in the same way I drew it up. First, I cut the long straight lines and then went to the smaller more intricate pieces.
To attach our pieces together, I used hot glue and straight pins. After applying hot glue down the edges and placing the corresponding pieces together, I placed a straight pin in the corners and a couple down the middle to provide extra stability (5 straight pins down the long sides and less on smaller pieces). I started by glueing the sides to the back, as shown in the first picture. Next, I put on the front and the bottom. The roof was constructed separately and then glued and pinned it to the main structure. I DID NOT GLUE the crowd seating area down. I only pinned it in place in case I wanted to remove it easily later. (This proved very helpful when we finally put the whole trunk together. We opened up the stands and added rice to weigh them down and keep them steady.)
Decorating the Viewing Stands
The kids did most of the work on this part, while I was the assistant. We used double-stick tape for just about everything. As you can see, they aren’t stuck down everywhere; they kind of look like they’re flapping in the wind. Which we felt matched the scenes from the Quidditch World Cup. The flags are glued around wooden skewers and stuck through the peak of the roof.
- Roofs: Cut from colored cardstock
- Sides: Printed desktop backgrounds on white card stock, images found here
- Crowd: Printed “Crowd Image” on white card stock, I used this one
- Flags: I printed these Free Printable Hogwarts House Flags