Lord of the Rings – DIY Elven Leaf Brooch

I saw the Elven brooch in the movies and just had to make it. All you need is some air dry clay, twine, paint and glue.

What you need?

  1. Air dry clay
  2. Hot glue
  3. Plain jewelry pin from any craft store
  4. Twine / Jewelry wire
  5. Paint – Metallic forest green and dark green, Silver
  6. Silver glitter glue

How to make it:

    • Start with a palm sized ball of clay at least 2 inches thick. Roll it out and knead to form a triangle shape 0.5″ thick (to give the leaf stability).
    • Gently press and spread out the structure to form a leaf like structure.                           LOTR elf brooch
    • Turn the leaf over and attach the plain jewelry pin to the middle of the leaf and cover it with a small section of clay.                                                                                                      LOTR elf brooch2
    • Use two pieces of wire / twine (one small and one large) and insert it at the base of the leaf (opposite the tip) as shown in the images.                                                                         LOTR elf brooch4
    • Paint the entire leaf with the forest green paint and let everything dry overnight.         LOTR elf brooch3
    • Outline the edges of the leaf with the silver glitter glue. Once dry, add a main branch on each leaf with smaller extending branches (find a google image to use as reference). Let everything dry overnight.Untitled1
    • To get dimension for the branches, you can add a layer of hot glue over the glitter glue and let dry.IMG_E0051


  • Use wire to create the loop design on the front of the leaf at the top and bottom (you can use an image to create the pattern) and attach it with hot glue to the back of the leaf.Untitled
  • Once dry, paint over the branches with silver glue and use darker green paint to paint the inner sections of the leaf to give some dimension.

Wear a cloak and attach the pin at the center 🙂


Lord of The Rings – Greeting Cards for different occasions

I found this wonderful idea on Pinterest – Greeting cards for all occasions for those special LOTR fans.

What you need: 

  • Cardstock – Different colors
  • Fine Sharpie – Assorted colors
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors and Pencil
  • A working printer
  • Matte mod podge

What you do:

Valentine Cards

  1. Mordor – The first card I made was a ‘Mordor‘ valentine card. I used some brown cardstock and drew ‘Mount Doom’ with black and grey pencil and colored in some flames and fire with orange and yellow. I drew a silhouette of Barad-Dur with pencil (Image 1) and filled it in with black sharpie (Image 2).Finally, I wrote the words Barad-Dur and Mordor (Image 3). Behind, I put it in the words ‘I’d walk to Mordor for you’ and drew a heart in red.


2. Eye of Sauron – I made one because I couldn’t resist the greeting that came with it. I drew a rough image of the top section of the tower and the eye with some wavy lines for flames and colored everything in with red, orange and yellow for the flames and grey / black for the tower (image 1). Finally, on top I wrote ‘i’ve got my eye on you‘ and at the bottom ‘My Precious‘ (image 2).


Hobbit: The Quest – Save the Date Card

I loved the way this turned out. I got the idea from an image search for the Hobbit’s Quest on google. I printed a silhouette of all of them heading on the quest, colored it brown to match my paper and stuck it on the cardstock. I used brown sharpie to draw an image of a dragon on the top of the paper. I drew in some faint mountains in the background (Image 1). On the back, I wrote ‘We are going on a quest for a ring‘ and added a ‘Join us on: Date …’ section below (Image 2).


White Tree of Gondor – Display Card

I just wanted to include Gondor in some form and settled on this. The Gondor White Tree and Tolkien’s famous quote on the back makes for a nice keepsake display card. Cut out a square piece of card and draw a rough outline of Gondor using a pencil (Image 1). Print and cut out a silhouette of the tree and stick it over the drawing (Image 2). Write ‘Gondor’ with black sharpie (Image 3) and on the back write ‘All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us – J.R.R. Tolkien‘.


‘My Precious’ – Birthday Card

I used some yellow cardstock and red sharpie to do this. I drew a ring at the bottom and wrote ‘My Precious‘ above it. On the back side, I wrote ‘Happy Birthday‘ with two hearts.


Lord of The Rings: Bookmarks Cont’d – Memorable Quotes

This is a continuation of my first LOTR post ‘Character Bookmarks‘ (See Link Here: LOTR Bookmarks). This post focuses on some memorable Tolkien quotes from the series. I’m very proud to say I sold 3 sets of these under handmade gifts on eBay 🙂


  • Brown Cardstock
  • Scissors and pencil
  • Sharpie marker – Fine and Thick
  • Paint pen – Brown (optional)
  • Twine / ribbon
  • Color pencils for detailing
  • Elmer’s glue or Mod Podge
  • A working printer



  • The first was easy. Just cut a strip of cardstock with curved edges and write ‘Courage is found in unlikely places‘ in pencil using a curved font. Write over using the sharpie and add dimension with the paint pen. I added a border and twine to finish it off.
  • For the second, I used a pencil to draw the Doors of Durin and colored over with brown pencil. I wrote ‘Speak Friend and Enter‘ with pencil followed by sharpie and detailed the door with the paint pen.
  • The third was easy. Cut out a banner shape with triangle edges and write ‘not all those who wander are lost‘ and draw a faint circle to represent the ring in brown pencil.
  • The fourth was a rectangular cut out with Galadriel’s words ‘Even the smallest person can change the course of history‘ in sharpie. I added a small silhouette of her next to her name at the bottom.

The final bookmark I made, because I couldn’t resist, was the One Ring and it’s inscription. I dew the ring at the top of the bookmark and wrote out the inscription in English using brown sharpie.


Lord Of The Rings: Character Bookmarks

Time for a new DIY series..  😀 😀

I do not know a lot about LOTR as I do about Harry Potter as I never read the books. I watched the movies 2 years ago and thought it to be a very engaging series. I definitely will get around to reading the books at some point.

I have had a few suggestions from bloggers to try and include some LOTR DIYs as part of my ongoing fantasy series’….. so here goes 🙂

The easiest DIYs to start with are bookmarks. They’re easily made and do not require a lot of materials.

What you need:

  • Cardstock in different colors (Michaels usually sells them for 19-50 cents).
  • Matte mod podge or Elmer’s glue
  • Scissors and pencil
  • Sharpie markers in assorted colors
  • Twine / ribbon in assorted colors
  • Color pencils for detailing (This is optional)
  • A working printer

What you do:

Cut out your cardstock to a certain size, gently rounding the edges with scissors. (I was not particular about size and went with both rectangular and square options; 5″ x 4″).          IMG_4463

  1. This is the fun part, picking good silhouette images for your favorite characters. I went with a bunch of different ones – Gandalf, Bilbo, Aragorn, Thorin and more. Print these out on regular paper.
  2. Cut out the image carefully and lay it on your cardstock, depending on where you want to stick it.
  3. For Bilbo, I found a color silhouette that I used with my yellow cardstock. I colored his face with yellow pencil to match.
  4. Add a thin layer of mod podge or glue to the back and stick on to the cardstock. Gently smooth out the image with your finger to remove bubbles.
  5. I added the name ‘Bilbo Baggins’ using a thin black sharpie.
  6. Use a pin or the end of your scissors to make a small hole at the top center and thread some twine through. You can either make a knot with the two free ends or add some charms / tassels at the end.                                                                                                    Untitled4
  7. For Gandalf, I chose a silhouette of him holding his staff and repeated steps 2-6. I added the words ‘You shall not pass’ and ‘Gandalf the grey’ using a thicker sharpie.       Untitled
  8. For Legolas, I used a pencil to draw an outline of an arrow and filled it in with a black sharpie. I stuck a silhouette of Legolas over and added some twine to the center of the bookmark.                                                                                                                      Untitled1
  9. For Gollum, I added mountain and icicle silhouettes with a black sharpie and stuck the image on top. I added the words ‘My Precious’ and ‘Gollum’ and added some fuzzy ribbon instead of twine just because I had some left from a different project.     Untitled
  10. Aragorn was the quite easy to do. A cut out on yellow cardstock and some detailing (a sword) with brown pencil and added some fuzzy ribbon.                                                         IMG_4490
  11. Arwen was a bit of a challenge because I couldn’t find the right image. I found one after a lot of searching on the internet. I drew the elf symbol and stuck the image over it. I wrote ‘I would rather share one lifetime with you’ in fine black sharpie.          Untitled3
  12. Thorin was the easiest. A white cardstock with a silhouette and his name on the side, all in black.                                                                                                                                           IMG_4504

I have another LOTR DIY bookmark post in the works focusing on some famous quotes; check it out here LOTR: Memorable Quotes. Hope this inspires you to get creative and make some 🙂