DIY Harry Potter Board Game: Candy Land

DIY Harry Potter Board Game Candy LandDo you or someone you know love Harry Potter? I LOVE Harry Potter, so I decided that I would like to make my own Harry Potter version of the classic game Candy Land. This DIY Harry Potter board game is perfect for any Harry Potter fan out there. It is an easy and creative gift to make. Learn how to make this Harry Potter game with our step-by-step tutorial.


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DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the images or fonts that are used to create this game. You may only use my templates for personal use. None of the items in this post or in the resource library can be sold or redistributed for money.



DIY Harry Potter Board Game Instructions

game materials


Step 1: Get a Candy Land Game

candy land

Buy a Candy Land game to use as your base or a different game that is the same size.

I got this Candy Land game used at a thrift store for only a couple dollars. You can buy one used at a thrift store, garage sale, or Facebook.

You could also purchase one from Amazon or Ebay.

It doesn’t matter if it is new or not because you don’t need it to be complete.

You just need a box that is in pretty good condition, the game board, and the gingerbread pawns (unless you use different pawns).


Step 2: Purchase Your Supplies

protective spray and adhesive brayer

You don’t need much to make this game because it’s so simple.

The only items that I needed to buy were:

I already owned the brayer, but you could purchase one if you would like to use it to roll out the wrinkles from the board and box.


Step 3: Print Your Items

I have created a FREE printable game board, cards, instructions, and box lid. You can access these in the resource library.

You can access the resource library at any time by clicking the resource library button at the top of our website. The printables for this game and other games we have created are located under the Printable Games section.


You will need to print:

  • game board (printed on 20″ x 15″ thick poster paper or on several pieces of paper)
  • box lid (printed on 21″ x 16″ poster paper or on several pieces of paper)
  • instructions (printed double-sided on 8.5″ x 11″ computer paper)
  • cards (printed single-sided on 8.5″ x 11″ white card stock)

I printed the game board and box lid on a poster printer, but you could print it out at home on your regular printer. If you print it at home, you will need to print it in pieces and put them together.

If you print the box lid in pieces, you could cover it with contact paper if you are worried about it peeling apart.


Step 4: Cut Out Your Items

You really only need to cut out the cards for this game.

I used a paper cutter, but you could also use scissors. I have added marks on the card sheets so that you know where to cut them.

For the game board and box lid, I used a rotary cutter, a ruler, and a cutting mat to cut them out.


Step 5: Attach Your Board & Box Lid

I used Scotch Photo Mount to attach the board and box lid.

If you use a spray adhesive, make sure you follow the directions on the can.

I put newspaper underneath where I was spraying because I didn’t want to get the spray on anything else.

If possible, it is a good idea to do this in well-ventilated area.

spraying adhesive

I like using this adhesive spray because it sticks well and doesn’t leave any wrinkles.

After I have placed the paper on the board, I use my brayer to roll out any bubbles.

using brayer


When you attach the box lid, you will need to cut and fold the corners.

The box lid can be hard to attach, so it is easier if you have another person to help you.

spraying adhesive on box lid

using brayer on box lid


Step 6: Protect Your Board & Box

Since you are covering the board and box with printed papers, it is a good idea to protect them from water damage.

I like to use Krylon protective spray to keep away water damage. I have tested it out, and it works!

Make sure you cover up anything that you don’t want to get spray on it. Also, it is a good idea to do this outside if possible.

protecting board

protecting box lid

Make sure you let it dry for several hours before you play with it!


Step 7: Put Your Harry Potter Game All Together!

Harry Potter Game DIY Candy Land

I used some other pawns that I already had, but you are welcome to use the gingerbread pawns that come with it.

You could also purchase Harry Potter Metalfigs for a fun alternative.


Did you make this DIY Harry Potter board game?

Comment down below or tag us on social media @nowthatsthrifty

We would love to see your creations!


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12 thoughts on “DIY Harry Potter Board Game: Candy Land

  1. This will be great for my Harry Potter fanatic kids. But… I’m having trouble trying to get to the printables. I am going round and round, I have signed up and joined your community, but every time I try to click the link to print the pieces, I get sent back to the join our community pop up. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Lara, so sorry you are having a hard time accessing our printables. The email you received from us should have the link and password to our resource library. You do not need to go back to the blog post to access the printables. Just visit our resource library and enter the password. Let me know if you are still having trouble accessing them.

      1. Thank you Jessica! I had entirely missed the top row of tab options (where the Resource Library is located). I was able to find everything easily and a few more fun things I did not know were there, Very excited to get crafty this winter with the came board and paly with the family! Merry Christmas!

  2. What a beautiful game you have created! I am having trouble printing the game board in pieces. Any suggestions on how to do this?

    1. Hi Heather! Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      When printing the board in sections, there is usually some kind of setting under page sizing called “poster.” This allows you to print the board on six pieces of 8.5 x 11 paper.
      It may be called something else on your printer. Also, you want to make sure that when you print, you are printing at actual size and not shrinking the pages to fit the paper.
      If you are still having problems printing, you are welcome to email me at and I can try to walk you through it step by step for your specific printer.

  3. This is great! Thank you! I’ve seen the Harry Potter monopoly but never the Candy Land or Mystery Date game. I’m definitely making that one for my girls

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