DIY Harry Potter Series – Triwizard mini dragons and HP symbols / signs

Mini Dragons: You will need mini dragon figurines from Michaels (See link: Safari Ltd – Dragons). You can get them for $3-$4 with a coupon. I used images from Harry Potter Wiki to work on the features and details of each dragon.

  1. Common Welsh Green: A green dragon with gold extremities.
  2. Chinese Fireball: A red dragon with gold extremities and grey spikes.
  3. Hungarian Horntail: A black dragon with metallic bronze horns, yellow eyes and spikes (use metallic black to add a sheen to the dragon).                                                         IMG_3822
  4. Swedish Short Snout: Silvery blue dragon with silver spikes and blue extremities.               IMG_3755

Deathly Hallows Symbol: This is pretty easy to do. Print out a small deathly hallows symbol in black / white (based on the size of your ornament) from google images. Use mod podge to stick the image to a white ornament. Use 2 coats and let dry for 30 mins between each.IMG_2152

HP Logo: Again, use google images to get an idea of the font and draw it on a red ornament with a black sharpie. Once it dries, paint over it with gold metallic paint and let dry. Add a thin coat of mod podge and dry.                                                                                             IMG_1821

Hogwarts Sign: I used some letter tiles from Michael’s that I strung using brown twine. Paint the letters with the colors from the 4 houses (red, yellow, green, blue).                          IMG_1988IMG_2101

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Harry Potter Christmas Tree (after a whole year of DIYing)

I started my blog in January of this year as a way of sharing my Harry Potter DIY tree ornaments. My plan was to have a HP themed Christmas tree and I wanted to make sure I gave myself plenty of time to get my decorations ready. And now Christmas is finally here….

After a whole year of creating, learning, experimenting with different art/craft tools and blogging / sharing on WordPress, I finally have my tree all decked up and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE how it turned out.

I feel so proud right now 😀 😀

WARNING: Lots of pictures ahead.

 

 

I printed a few google images of the Marauder’s map to use as a base for my tree to stand on. I added my Hedwig stuffed toy I got from Universal studios, a few wands I had made earlier this year and other HP related books and items (the most interesting one being a quill with a holder and Azul blue ink).

 

I printed a few signs from the shops at Diagon alley for my wall, as a background, and printed Hogwarts house crests to create banners.

 

At first I thought of splitting the tree into sections, one for each of the 4 Hogwarts houses, but I just liked the idea of having everything mixed in together with little sections for each person / house.

A few of the memorable and fun ones I created are:

The Potions section: Feel free to check out how to make these little potion bottles here (DIY Harry Potter Series – Potions Class)                                                                                                      IMG_3843

Mini HP character ornaments: The newest character I did for the tree was Luna Lovegood. I added her S[pectrespecs and a blue ornament for Ravenclaw. To make your own, follow the instructions from my DIY HP character series (DIY Harry Potter Series – Dumbledore, McGonagall and Draco Malfoy)                                                                             IMG_3850

Voldemort and his Horcruxes: This was the most fun because it was also challenging trying to figure out what medium and material to use for the different horcruxes. I truly love how everything turned out, especially the Gaunt Ring. (DIY Harry Potter Series – Voldemort and his Horcruxes)

 

 

Honeydukes Sweet Shop: I love how all the different treat boxes make it seem like I’m actually there 🙂 (DIY Harry Potter Series – The Intoxicating World of Honeydukes)                   IMG_3859

Mini Weasley and Hogwarts House Sweaters: This was a last minute quick DIY with some spare felt and metallic acrylic paints. Really easy to create and super cute.

 

Air dry clay series: I found some great YouTube videos that show how to make Cornish pixies and mandrakes out of clay. I felt inspired and used the remaining clay to make a Hogwarts trunk.

 

Platform 9 3/4 sign: I had an old sign about chocolate that I recycled into the platform 9 3/4 sign (DIY to follow soon).                                                                                                                         IMG_3884

Origami Howler: This was my greatest google search ever, in my opinion. I used regular colored paper to make the howler (works just as well as origami paper) Here’s the video link I used; Origami Howler Video                                                                                                              IMG_3845

The best part of this entire tree for me is the fact that all decorations were made by me and I love that 😀 If you’re inspired to make your own themed tree, I’d love to see the end result 🙂

Happy Christmas everyone ♥♥

DIY Harry Potter Series – Mini wands, golden snitches and winged keys

Perhaps the easiest HP DIY ever 😀

Mini wands: You will need toothpicks, hot glue and different colored paints. Create a pattern with the glue on your toothpicks (have fun with it and make your own creations). Let them dry and paint them different colors.

 

 

You can add a drop of hot glue to some wire for hanging or add some earring hooks and wear them to your next HP themed party 🙂

Golden Snitches: A couple of small sparkly gold tree ornaments, hot glue and white feathers are all you need. Cut the feathers to a size compatible to the size of the ornament and glue them to either side of the ball.

I added some silver glitter glue to the ends of the feathers for more of a sparkle.

Winged keys: Get some wood / metal keys from Michael’s, a thick black sharpie, transparent tape and some transparent plastic sheets (usually found in jewelry packaging).

Draw some wings on the plastic sheet with the sharpie (keep half an inch of space between the left and right wings).IMG_3318

Use a small strip of tape to stick the wings on the key (attach the tape to the half inch of space and fold the wings to either side of the key. You can use Elmer’s glue to further secure the wings).

DIY Harry Potter Series: Deathly Hallows Halloween Art

Halloween’s almost here and I’m super excited. I will be attending the Harry Potter Festival this weekend for Halloween as Luna Lovegood so I’m practically bouncing off the walls 😀 😀

I wanted to do a special kind of DIY for both these favorite celebrations and came up with Deathly Hallow-een (from Deathly Hallows; it was my friend’s idea so can’t take credit for the words). This is what I came up with (used a lot of google images as reference). Feel free to play with your own ideas if you want to do something similar.

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I took pictures at different stages of the creation  but it was mostly pencil sketching on cardstock with black / orange sharpies and orange / yellow / black acrylic paints. I worked off of the deathly hallows story mentioned in the movies and followed screenshot images to draw my characters.

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I added my painted Harry Potter and Hedwig pumpkins to this art to round it out (check out my Painted Pumpkin DIY post for more; link here: Halloween Painted Pumpkins). Works perfectly for a HP themed party 😀

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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.

 

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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