DIY Harry Potter Series – Loony Luna Lovegood

Luna was one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter. She was so eccentric and uniquely odd, it was wonderful watching her interact with everyone else. She had some fascinating fashion choices and I have tried to make a few here (possibly as a potential Halloween costume).

Butterbeer Cork Necklace:

Materials:

  1. A plain cork
  2. X-acto knife
  3. Some light blue cord or twine (long enough to come to the middle of your neck)
  4. Bead caps (See link here: Michaels Caps)
  5. Eye pins, jump rings, round nose mini pliers (all available at Michaels in the jewelry section)

Procedure:

  1. Cut the cork into a cone shape using the knife (be careful with this step).
  2. Use an eye pin to attach one bead cap to the center of the cork.
  3. Attach 3 jump rings to the loop of the eye pin using the pliers.                                                   IMG_3005

4. Connect the cork to the cord and make a double knot at the top (I had a cord necklace which was blue so I just used that).

Dirigible Plum Earrings:

I love how these turned out but they take a lot of patience to do. You’ll need –

  1. Red, green, white beads – Size 10/0
  2. Beading wire – Make sure it fits through your beads
  3. Scissors
  4. Earring fish hooks (available at any craft / jewelry store)

What you do –

  1. Cut a section of wire as long as your upper arm. Add one white bead and move it to the center of the wire.IMG_3021
  2. Add 2 beads close to one end of the wire and attach the other end of the wire through the beads, forming a cross with the wires, with the beads at the center.
  3. Gently pull the 2 wires away from each other forming a loop with the 2 beads. Pull all the way till they reach the first bead to form a triangle. Make sure the wire is taut so the beads sit tightly together.IMG_3024
  4. Repeat this with one row of 3 beads, one of 4 beads and one of 8 beads.                                       IMG_3025
  5. Keep continuing but this time using red beads over the white. You should have 7 rows with: 8 beads, 9 beads, 10 beads, 11 beads, 9 beads, 8 beads and 6 beads. This completes the earring. IMG_3029
  6. Form a knot on the top with the wire and then twist a couple of times to make sure everything is closed and sealed. Leave the remaining twisted wire attached to the top of the plum.
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 for the second earring.
  8. Now you follow the same technique to make the leaves. You will need to make 4 (2 for each earring). Each leaf has 7 rows – 1 bead, 2 beads, 4 beads, 5 beads, 5 beads, 5 beads and 4 beads. Use step 6 to hold everything together.
  9. Use the extra wire to attach the leaves to the plum, arranging them the way you want them to look and twist all wires together.                                                                       IMG_3034
  10. Attach the twisted wires together into the fish hooks and twist a few times. Cut the remaining wire away.

The Quibbler:

The easiest DIY ever. You only need paper, a color printer, glue and scissors.

  • Go to google images and type in ‘The Quibbler Pages’. You ‘ll find a whole set of images you can print out. Just make sure the layout and dimensions are the same on your printer for all images. Here are links to a couple I used (Quibbler Page, Quibbler Front Page)
  • Cut the extra white from the paper and arrange the different pages the way you want them.IMG_2974
  • Glue all the inner pages to your outer booklet using Elmer’s glue. Once everything is dry, you’ll have your very own magazine.
    • Here is the front look of my magazine.                                                                                    IMG_2976
    • And these are the inner pages.

       

Luna’s Wands:

Luna had two wands. The first one from Ollivander’s after which it was confiscated after her abduction by Death Eaters. She was given a new one by Ollivander after their rescue and escape.

You will need: two chopsticks, hot glue, brown fine sharpie and acrylic paint – khaki, espresso brown

Paint the chopsticks (one brown and the other khaki). Let them dry. I used this template to draw the pine cone and vine design (link here: Luna First Wand Design) on her old wand (the khaki one).

The second wand is shaped like a closed flower, with all the petals folded inward. Use the hot glue to create this design (here’s the template I used: Second wand design). You will need to add multiple layers of glue to get the design. Paint the entire wand with another coat of brown and let dry.

Spectrespecs:

When I think Luna, I picture her with the Quibbler and her wacky pink glasses. See the world through her crazy glasses.

You will need: A cut out of the glasses ( I printed mine off of google images), thin plastic (from ziploc bags / plastic from gift bags etc), acrylic pink and blue paint, elmer’s glue, transparent tape, thin brush

  • Glue the ear pieces of the glasses to the frame.
  • Cut out 2 small circles of plastic and use the thin brush to form swirls (one pink and one blue) to the circles, starting from the center.                                                                              IMG_3148
  • Let dry and stick it to the eye pieces with tape (stick the pink to the left eye piece and the blue to the right).

For more sturdiness and rigidity, stick the spectrespecs paper design over existing glasses.

 

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Entrance to Harry Potter in Orlando

I’ve been lucky to have visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando more than 4 times in the past 3 years (clearly I can’t get enough of it 😛 ).

The entrance is built at an ordinary corner, one side a bookstore called Screed & Sons and the other side is the actual entrance with a huge ‘King’s Cross’ sign through which you enter to take the Hogwarts Express.

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Right in front of the entrance is the Knight’s bus complete with the driver having a conversation with a shrunken head.

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via Photo Challenge: Corner

DIY Harry Potter Series – Hermione’s Wand (Blogger Request)

I wasn’t planning on making any more wands since I have enough in my stash for at least 14-15 surprise wizards / witches during Halloween. This DIY is a special request by blogger Hana Elwan from my Weasley Wand DIY post. So here goes…

Materials:

  1. A chopstick
  2. Acrylic Paints – Beige or Fawn, Metallic brass gold sharpie (medium fine)
  3. Hot Glue
  4. Pencil and brushes of medium thickness

Process:

  1. Use the hot glue to create the vine-and-leaves template on the stick (this is the image I used: Hermione’s wand template). Here’s an image of how the design looks (it’s a combination of swirls followed by leaves). Just repeat each vine pattern on the stick.
  2. Let the wand dry for 45 mins.
  3. Paint the entire wand with the beige / fawn. Use 2 coats and let dry in between for at least 30 mins.IMG_3341
  4. Use the gold pen to highlight the vine design and let dry ( you can also use a thin brush and gold paint instead of the pen).

I added the name Hermione at the bottom so I would not confuse it with my other wands. Once again, thank you Hana for giving me this idea to try out 🙂

DIY Harry Potter Series – Weasley Wands

We can all agree that we love the Weasleys. From Molly’s motherly nature, to the havoc the twins cause, to Arthur’s strange muggle fascination and to brothers Bill and Charlie whom we don’t hear much about, everything about them is wonderful and magical. And their home… Oh I just love the location clock in the kitchen and the self-washing dishes.

Today’s post is dedicated to the Weasleys; a collection of their wands that you can give out at HP themed parties in case someone forgets theirs, or just keep for yourself and wear different Halloween costumes to match 🙂

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What you need:

  1. 8 chopsticks
  2. A few sheets of A4 paper
  3. Acrylic Paints – Black, Barn Red, Golden Brown, Espresso,
    • Metallics: Bronze, Silver Grey, Brass, Dark Gold
  4. Hot Glue
  5. Toothpicks

What you do:

Firstly, look up images of all 9 wands for each member of the family – Arthur, Molly, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred & George, Ron and Ginny (9 in all). The basics of wand making can be learnt in one of my earlier posts which I used for some of the wands (Link: DIY Wand)

  1. I started off with Arthur, Molly, Percy and Ginny wands because they are the easiest and quickest. You will need 4 chopsticks and 4 sheets of paper. Wrap the sheets around the sticks as in the DIY mentioned above.
  2. Once that is ready, use the hot glue to create the same swirls for Arthur / Percy and lines for Molly and Ginny (use the template as a reference).If you make a mistake, you can always peel off the glue once it dries and start again. The Ginny one was a little more intricate; see image below for a clearer idea.
  3. Paint Arthur, Molly and Percy wands gold. Use the Bronze to accent the lines lightly for a more shaded look.
  4. Paint the Ginny wand black and use silver grey for the accents.                                           ginny1
  5. I used chopsticks without the paper for the remaining coz I ran out of paper 😦 For Bill’s wand, paint the stick espresso and dry. Use the glue to make a dome shaped structure with swirls and indents on the top of the wand, as per the template and dry. Paint it espresso, dry and add a light coat of silver grey.bill1
  6. For Charlie’s wand (which is basically Ron’s 1st wand that broke), paint the stick golden brown and let dry. Add one thin line on top and 2 thin lines 2.5 inches from the top and dry. Paint the lines with the espresso.charlie
  7. Fred’s is a little trickier. His wand has rows of  notches and protrusions. Use the hot glue to create a dot and use the toothpick to spread out the dot to create thin lines. After the line dries, cut the swirl near the tip and bend it upward (like a rose thorn). Do this for 9-10 rows and let dry.fred
  8. Add 3 more little thorns below the last row in a staggered fashion (see image for further clarification). Paint everything espresso and dry.fred1
  9. For George’s, cover the top 4 inches of the stick with paper and glue to together to form a dome shaped cover. Use hot glue to add thick swirls right below the paper, as in the template, and let dry. Add thinner swirls below the thick ones and dry. Paint the entire wand gold. Paint the thick swirls with the red and the thin ones black. Let dry.george
  10. Use a thin brush to paint zigzag lines in red on the paper covered section and let dry.george1
  11. Ron’s wand, his new one, is similar to Bill’s. Use the glue gun to create the design as in the template and paint the entire thing espresso. Cover the top dome shape in a light coat of silver grey.ron

I painted the names of the wand holders on the side at the bottom, so I wouldn’t get confused. Place the wands in a jar to hand out. You can do the same for Death-eaters, Dumbledore’s Army, Triwizard contestants etc. Have fun 🙂

DIY Harry Potter Series – Voldemort and his Horcruxes

Next in the HP series: The Evil, The Awful… “You Know Who”….and his Horcruxes.

To make a Voldemort Ornament:

You will need one ornament, pencil, acrylic paint (dull white, black, grey).

Paint the ornament a dull white color. Add 2 layers and let dry. Use a pencil to add some slit like eyes, two lines for the nose and a downward tilting mouth. Draw a line at the base of the ornament to indicate his cloak (luckily he has no hair so you’ll have no worries painting that).

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Highlight all the line with grey. Use the black paint and the back end of a paint brush to draw eyes. Make 2 small dots in the eyes with the white paint and let dry. Use black to paint the cloak at the bottom. Your evil Voldemort is all ready.   img_2063

Harry Potter:

Harry was an accidental Horcrux created by Voldemort. Follow DIY Link here (Harry Potter DIY) to make.

Nagini:

Perhaps the easiest to make. Just buy a small black rubber snake from any craft store and paint dark gold and brown triangles all along the body. Add a few swipes of white along the body at random points. Place two dark gold dots to the eyes and… Voila. She’s ready.

Slytherin Locket:

You will need a print out of the Slytherin locket (front and back; Link: Slytherin Locket), Antique looking oval locket (available at any craft store), Podgeable Glass Domes (Link: ModPodge Domes), Mod Podge Matte, Scissors and Glue, Green Glitter Glue (optional).

  1. Cut out the front and back of the Slytherin locket and glue them together.
  2. Use an oval glass dome from the podgeable shapes and lay over the cutout. Glue the dome to the cutout using mod podge matte and let dry (hold the dome firmly over the image for a few second till the glue sets).
  3. Place the cutout into your antique locket (trim to fit). Make sure you find a locket slightly bigger than the dome shape… I’m still looking for a decently old looking locket to use. Perhaps a good hunt at an antique store might help 🙂
  4. Your Horcrux is ready. Put your own special blend of magic into it but remember…hide it somewhere safe and make sure R.A.B doesn’t find it.
  5. Optional Step: You can use the green glitter glue to highlight the green gemstones in the letter S of your printout before adding the glass dome.

Tom Riddle’s Diary:

You will need black leather trim (Link: Michael’s Leather Trim), Gold fabric fine tip pen, beige cardstock, Elmer’s glue and scissors.

  1. Prepare the diary’s cover and pages following the “Harry Potter Spell Books and Book Covers” (See link: HP Spell Books)
  2. Dampen your finger in water and gently rub over the pages to make them look worn.
  3. After preparing your diary and letting the glue dry, use the gold pen to fill in details (borders and “tom riddle’s diary”). Let dry for 45 mins.IMG_2117
  4. Use a push pin to make a small hole in the book’s spine and add some wire to hang.

Hufflepuff Cup:

Easiest DIY to make. Get some mini trophies and paint them with some detailing to create the cup. (Full DIY post here: Hufflepuff Cup DIY)

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Ravenclaw Diadem:

This takes a little more time and patience to do. Follow DIY post here: (Ravenclaw Diadem DIY)

Marvolo Gaunt’s Ring:

The Gaunt ring was the first Horcrux to be made by Voldemort. Dumbledore used the Gryffindor sword to destroy it as a Horcrux, although the curse upon it still remained.

You will need moldable air-dry clay (white; see link Joanns Air Dry Clay), Acrylic Paint – Black, Metallic Glorious Gold, Dark Gray, paper & pencil, Elmer’s glue, hot glue, small square of wax paper, X-acto knife

  1. On the paper, draw a rough template of the ring and the stone. You can find scores of images on google. Cut out the outlines. For the stone, I drew four individual triangles and glued them together to form the dome shape.
  2. Take a small section of clay and roll between palms to get a nice, smooth ball. Lay the ball on a flat surface and flatten it out (use a rolling pin pr even a pencil to get an even surface, make sure there is a thickness of at least 0.5 inch to give structure to your shape).
  3. Place your ring template on the mold and cut out it’s shape using the knife (be careful with this step).
  4. Using a toothpick, gently draw the fine details on the ring (this is the template I used; Gaunt Ring Design) and let the clay ring dry overnight.                                                IMG_2426
  5. Mold and flatten another piece of clay (make sure you flatten the clay on wax paper, makes it easier to peel off). Add your stone outline over the clay and gently trace out the design using the smooth end of a pen or nail tool, to form the indent into the clay.
  6. Gently peel off the clay and cut off the excess portions around your square. Let dry overnight.
  7. Paint the ring with the metallic gold and the stone square black and let dry for 30 mins.
  8. Use the dark gray paint to draw 2 thin lines as borders on the stone’s edges. Add the deathly hallows to the center of the stone and let it dry. Here is the template I followed (Stone Design)IMG_2496
  9. Add 2 dots of hot glue to the 2 horn like protrusions on the top of the ring and stick the square on top. Make sure it is attached securely. You can add more hot glue and paint it gold after it dries. 

DIY Harry Potter Series – Time Turner

The Time Turner is one of the most important magical items in the 3rd harry potter book. No way could Hermione have attended all of her classes, or most importantly, saved Buckbeak without it. It resembles an hourglass on a necklace and today’s post is a DIY time turner mini tree ornament.

You will need:

  1. Gold foil doilies (Link: Michaels Gold Doily)
  2. Toothpick
  3. Elmer’s glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Star shaped paper punch (Michael’s Star Punch)
  6. Circle shaped paper punch (Michael’s Circle Punch)
  7. Gold colored twine
  8. Fine Black Sharpie

What you do:

  1. From the doily, cut out the plain, circular portion. Very gently, using a toothpick, lightly trace an hourglass image in the center of the circle (from end to the other).     IMG_2234  IMG_2235
  2. Make tiny holes, outlining the hourglass, using the toothpick. Use the star punch to randomly punch a few stars on either side of the hourglass.                                                 IMG_2236
  3. Use the circle punch to do the same. Use the toothpick to add tiny holes in the remaining space.     IMG_2237
  4.  Cut two small rectangles from the remains of the doily and attach them with glue at the top and bottom of the hour glass shape (half the tab should stick out of the doily).
  5. From the designed cutout (the remains from when you cut the circle in step 1), cut two strips of the doily. Glue them together to form a larger circle and glue them to the tabs forming the first ring around the time turner.                                                           IMG_2238
  6. Repeat step 4 and attach the tabs to each side of the hourglass, on the outer ring.
  7. Do the same as step 5, to get a slightly bigger circle and attach that to the first, smaller ring, using the tabs.                                                                                                            IMG_2239
  8. On the time turner, in the book, are the words ‘I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do‘. Using the sharpie, write the words ‘My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do’ on the inner ring and ‘I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun.’ on the outer ring.
  9. Cut a small section of the gold twine and attach it to two points on the outer ring with glue, to form a loop.

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DIY Harry Potter Series – Ravenclaw’s Diadem

The Ravenclaw Diadem (Lost Diadem), is the only known relic belonging to Rowena Ravenclaw. On it is inscribed: Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure. It was stolen by Helena Ravenclaw, Rowena’s daughter who hid it before she was killed. Voldemort later acquired it by murdering an Albanian peasant and made it his fifth Horcrux.

What you need:

  1. Princess Tiara from any craft store (you can also get tiaras from the wedding sections at the craft store but those are more expensive)
  2. Acrylic Paint – Royal Blue, Metallic Silver, Metallic Zinc
  3. Dark Blue and Silver glitter glue
  4. Silver gemstone stickers
  5. String of clear, oval shaped beads (Link; Michaels Clear Beads)
  6. Hot Glue Gun

What you do:

  1. This is the tiara I got from Hobby Lobby in the party section. I could not find one with an oval shape, but oh well. This works just as well.                                                                        ra1
  2. Paint the centre heart with the blue and let dry. Use 2 coats. Paint the other pink circular stones with the silver paint and let dry (also 2 coats).                                                     ra2
  3. Add blue glitter glue to the blue stone. Completely cover it and let it dry for 24 hours.     ra4
  4. Paint the entire tiara with the metallic zinc and let dry (this gives it an old, tarnished look). Cut two of the glass beads, with string, from the rest of the strand and hot glue it to the centre of the tiara (right below the blue gem).                                                                ra5
  5. Use the hot glue to draw a bird shape on the tip of the crown (I connected the 3 prongs of the tiara together with glue to look like a bird’s head with the beak facing the left side). Hot glue the gemstone stickers all over the tiara. Let everything dry for 30 mins.ra8
  6. Use the metallic silver paint to paint over the tiara, leaving a few spots of the darker zinc to make the tiara look old. Let dry and add silver glue over the paint. Let dry for 24 hours.ra9
  7. Use a dark blue or black, fine sharpie marker to write the words “Wit beyond measure is” on the left base of the tiara and “Man’s greatest treasure” on the right base of the tiara. Preferably, use a fine tip marker to create precise lines (I used a thick sharpie and it smudged the letters together instead of leaving it nice and small 😦 ).                                                  IMG_2258

DIY Harry Potter Series – Triwizard Golden Egg

This post is an easy DIY to make the golden egg used as a prize in the first task at the Triwizard Tournament.

What you need:

  1. Golden easter egg (available at any craft store; easier to find in the months close to easter)
  2. An old egg carton laying around
  3. Acrylic Paints: Metallic Gold, Dark Espresso for detailing (or dark brown fine tip marker)
  4. Hot Glue
  5. Scissors and Pencil
  6. Thin and Thick brushes

What you do:

  1. I purchased a box of golden eggs from Michaels for a dollar (since it’s pre-easter time, everything is on sale).IMG_2207
  2. Cut one egg cup from the carton; trim it so you have a perfect, circular cup (be careful and do not poke yourselves).
  3. Make 5 slits from the ends to the center of the cup.                                                                           IMG_2201
  4. Fold outward to form a flower like shape and trim the thickness of each petal to form a skinny triangle. Use a pencil to measure the length and thickness so all triangles are uniform.IMG_2210
  5. Paint the entire cut out with metallic gold paint and let dry for 30 mins (if the egg doesn’t match, paint the egg the same gold as the cutout).                                                                                                          IMG_2221
  6. Fold the petals inward. Add hot glue to the center of the cutout and stick it to the top of the egg. Hold firmly for a few seconds till attached.                                                                IMG_2227
  7. Add hot glue to the petals and stick them to the egg. Paint over the visible hot glue with gold paint and let dry for 30 mins.
  8. Search on Google for ‘Harry Potter Golden Egg’ (Link: Golden Egg Details) to find the details to draw on the egg. Use a brown marker or paint to put in the details and let dry.

DIY Harry Potter Series – Triwizard Trophy and Hufflepuff Cup

Next in the HP series is Cups / Trophies, specifically the Triwizard Cup and Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup. The Triwizard Cup was made in 1294, the date when the tournament was established. The Hufflepuff Cup was a magical, golden cup with a badger engraved on the side and was the fourth horcrux created by Voldemort.

For the Triwizard Cup:

Materials:

  1. Mini trophies (Link: Michaels Mini Trophies)
  2. Acrylic Paint – Pale Blue, Metallic Zinc
  3. Hot Glue Gun
  4. Pencil

Process:

  1. Paint the body of the trophy with the pale blue and let dry. Use 3 coats.
  2. Paint the handles, the rim, the neck and base with the metallic zinc. Use 3 coats and let dry.
  3. With a pencil, lightly trace out the letters TRI-WIZ-ARD on the body of the trophy (3 letters / section; the WIZ will be to the center of the trophy and the TRI and ARD on the sides. Use a template from google as a reference).
  4. Paint over the letters with the metallic zinc and let dry.
  5. Use the hot glue gun to draw a curve going down the neck to the base of the trophy, indicating a dragon tail. On both handles draw thick lines going down and a huge thick drop on top of the handles for the dragon’s body and face. On either side of the letters WIZ draw thin lines from the bottom of the body till 1/2 inch below the letters. Let dry.
  6. Paint over all the hot glue with the metallic zinc (2 coats) and let dry.

     

    For the Hufflepuff Cup:

    Materials: Same trophy as above, Acrylic Paints – metallic bright brass, metallic glorious gold

Process:

  1. Paint the entire trophy with 1 coat of the gold and let dry.
  2. Use a thin paint brush to draw a shape of a badger with the brass paint and other details from a google image template. Let dry.

 

 

DIY Harry Potter Series – Flying Ford Anglia

The biggest highlight for me in The Chamber of Secrets was the flying car. The car was a Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe, light blue, modified by Mr. Weasley to fly, as well as to be invisible, via the use of an installed Invisibility Booster. It was also adjusted to fit eight people quite comfortably.

I wanted this car to be my tree topper but I didn’t have enough cardboard to make a huge car. So I decided to stick to my mini theme and make a teeny version of it out of some old crisp tissue + foam paper I had laying around from a Godiva chocolate box. This paper worked out perfectly because I could fold it, paint it, draw on it and also glue stuff to it (be sure to save all the packing paper/foam from boxes, you can use them for all kinds of glorious stuff).

What you need:

  1. Print out a sideways template of the car from google images (I used this template: Car Template)
  2. Thin / Thick Sharpie Marker – Black
  3. Acrylic Paint – Light Blue, White, Black, Metallic Zinc

What you do:

  1. Cut the car’s outline from your template and place over the foam paper. Trace the outline with the thin black sharpie marker. Lightly put in details like the door outline, handle, steering wheel, the car wheels, headlights etc. Cut out this outline from the foam.IMG_2108
  2. Paint the entire car light blue except for the windows and wheels (don’t forget to paint both sides, I almost did). Paint the windows white. Let everything dry for 30 mins.IMG_2107.JPG
  3. Paint the wheels except rims black. Put in fine detailing with the thick back sharpie, over the blue paint (door outline, handle, window outlines, steering wheel, headlights etc).IMG_2110
  4. Paint the wheel rims with the metallic zinc and add a horizontal line across the middle of the car. Let dry.                                                                                                                           IMG_2163

 

And your flying car is ready. Attach some clear string to the top and hang from the ceiling to make it look like it’s flying.

Optional step: Print out small images of Ron and Harry looking scared and stick them over the front window. Print a small cage with Hedwig in it and some books for the back window.