Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Hello my lovelies,

I’m finally getting five minutes to blog about our awesome Harry Potter Christmas tree.  It’s been manic around here the past few days for various reasons and having to prepare for Christmas has made it more so.  But enough of that, onto the tree!

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Isn’t it fab?  Missy and I are so proud of our handiwork.

We’ve split the tree into the four house colours  using baubles but then decided against splitting the other decorations into sections and just went to town decorating to our hearts content.

I really love how some of our homemade Rememberall, Grim tea cup, spell book and potion bottle baubles turned out.

The homemade flying keys turned out well although it’s a bit difficult to see them on the tree from afar.

I’ve had so many good comments about the Weasley jumpers.

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One of my favourite decorations on the tree though are Luna Lovegood’s spectraspecs.  I got them 3D printed and decorated them with sharpies.

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Not all of the decorations are homemade. Many are shop bought due to time constraints.  The flying key (known in Matalan as dragonfly key) was £3 in Matalan.

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Primark had loads of amazing Harry Potter items in this year.  Although some cheeky folks were buying anything Potter related they could find and selling them on ebay for quadruple the price, I still managed to get my hands on a few bits.  Like this gorgeous platform 9 3/4 bauble that I got for £5.SONY DSC

In the top left corner, of the picture below you’ll see some potter book page scrolls.  I rescued a copy of a Harry Potter book from the bin (it had been scribbled in) and used the pages to craft.

The marauder’s map was purchased from ebay along with the acceptance letter in the next picture down.  The white owls are from the Range and were £1.29 each I think.

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Big Ben was from Poundland of all places.

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The chocolate frog shell came on a keyring with a plastic chocolate frog.

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Another Poundland purchase.  Although these London themed decorations are not strictly Potter based, I thought they fitted in nicely with the theme since Harry is British.SONY DSC

I had planned on sewing a Dobby from scratch but ordered this one below when I ran out of time.

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The bundle from ebay included this cool platform 9 3/4 ticket and the knight bus ticket shown later.

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Harry’s glasses were from a fancy dress shop on ebay and the deathly hallows pendant came from a bracelet also from ebay.

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I adore the house ornaments I got from Primark fro £4 for the set.  I used a gem decoration as the Philosopher’s stone and got the mini broomsticks from ebay too. SONY DSC

This blue bauble looked like Jame and Lily’s patronuses and fit in perfectly.SONY DSCSONY DSC

Crookshanks had to have a look in. Which cat can resist a Christmas tree?

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Here’s the ministry of magic interdepartmental memo that we made earlier in the year following the tutorial from 10digitdesign.  There’s a free printable too.

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I was quite excited to find this Hermione Grange figurine in a local charity shop.SONY DSC

In the left hand side of this picture you’ll see a bauble filled with a cat collar and a toy.  These belonged to our cat George who went over the rainbow bridge to the Great Christmas Tree in the sky a couple of years ago. This bauble will remain on our tree year after year.

There are also some angel wings behind the Slytherin locket (ebay) as a reminder of those in the Potterverse who died in the fight against You-Know-Who.  You can also see the Amortensia potion and the Aquila magazine that featured Harry Potter in the Summer.

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Ravenclaw’s diadem is in the front and you can just about see some mini potion bottles too.   Somewhere in the nooks and crannies of the tree there’s a time turner, a felix felixis bottle, a golden snitch, a Hufflepuff tie and the Tri-wizard cup.SONY DSC

The bunting I got from Primark and the signs frame the fireplace nicely along with the potion bottle lights I made.

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I am still in love with my Hedwig owl that I got from Paperchase about 8 years ago now.   But check out the marauder’s map wrapping paper from Primark!  Amazing, right?

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There is so much more I could have done but I just ran out of time and tree space!SONY DSC

Maybe next year?

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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More Harry Potter Christmas crafts

Hello my lovelies,

I’m back today to show you what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks.

I made a niffler!  He looks a bit like a pot bellied duck but I could only find a pattern.  Zero instructions. It was an extremely frustrating week.  But he’s finished and my daughter loves him.

We’re calling him Ned.

Ned the Niffler.

And as you can see, he’s ready trying to nick my belcher chain.

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Yesterday, Missy and I spent some quality time making these potion bottles to hang on the tree. Thankfully, we didn’t need to use a glue gun for this.  Did I mention that my glue gun blew up.  In my hand.  Bang!  Smoke!  Me:  *freak out*

Glue gun: 1

Me: 0

We used super glue to glue the corks in instead of hot glue.

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Please excuse the dust on our wood burner!  Super embarrassing!

Besides the potion bottles that I got from The Works for £1, I had everything else for this craft project at home.

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I bought the labels from an Etsy shop a couple of years ago when I participated in a Harry Potter craft shop.  I’d say all in this project only cost me about £2.50

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I’m still in the process of making the gillyweed label which didn’t come with the set from the etsy shop.  Once that’s done,  I’ll have a little set of 6 potions or ingredients for our potter tree.SONY DSC

Next up, a Dobby figurine made out of felt.  He’s probably going to be as good as the niffler!

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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DIY Harry Potter Christmas tree decorations

Hello my lovelies,

I’ve ditched the housework today and decided instead, to do some crafting.  You see, while browsing youtube a few weeks ago my daughter saw a tutorial for Harry Potter Christmas tree baubles and has asked if we can have a Harry Potter Christmas tree this year.  I’ve of course, said yes but she has no ideas I’m taking it a few steps further. More on that in my next post. So today, DD and I created our first tree decorations.

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Before we go any further, I just want to point out that I also don’t like the bakers twine hanging the baubles to the tree. These will be replaced with bauble hangers at Christmas. I really didn’t fancy going up to the loft to get the Christmas decorations down to retrieve the hooks.

So, these baubles are actually really clever little shot baubles that my BFF picked up for me from a car boot sale for 20p.  When I saw them, I knew they’d be perfect for a potion baubles one day.  Didn’t realise I’d be doing a HP themed tree so soon but it’s all good.

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The potion baubles were really easy to make.  I just designed some tiny labels on my computer, printed them off and stuck them onto the front of the baubles.  I covered the bauble with one coat of glitter mod podge and allowed them to dry.  Et voila!

I’m so pleased with how they came out.  It’s a pity that you can’t really see the glitter mod podge but it’s there. The glitter is subtle and I think it will add a lovely dimension on the tree.

The signs in the background are more of an upcycle than a from scratch project. I got them from Primark for £5 and while I liked the signs they were attached with black ribbon like you can see in the picture.

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I love projects like this. Not much to do for big impact.

I hope you enjoyed the post and if you did, please leave me a message.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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DIY Mr & Mrs burlap wedding bunting

Hello my lovelies,

I made this lovely bunting for Sarah from Kippers and Curtains wedding and just had to share the tutorial. It was time consuming but quite easy to make. To be honest, it’s the kind of bunting I’d have loved to have had at my wedding but I had no concept of bunting 10 years ago!

Of course, I’ve staged my mantle with one of my wedding pictures but I’m seriously considering making myself some bunting just like this for my bedroom.   I was lucky enough to find some blooming lilacs in my garden and my living room is filled with the lovely scent! Ah, don’t you just love Summer time?

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You will need:

Burlap (about half a metre)

Lace fabric (a quarter of a metre will be more than enough)

Contrasting floral fabric (scraps will do)

Iron on interfacing (a small piece will do)

Cream/white fabric (again, a small piece will do)

Mr & Mrs templates created on your computer and cut out

Roughtly 2 metres of Bias binding

Modge podge

A paint brush

A hot glue gun

A sewing machine with white thread

To making bunting you will first need to cut out a triangle template. If you’re not confident to cut one out you can find templates online.

On your computer in a word processing program type out the words MR & MRS in a font large enough to fit nicely into your triangles. Print these off and cut them out. Set aside.

Once you’ve got your template cut out, pin it to your burlap and cut out as many triangles as you will need. In this case, 8 triangles of burlap. You will also need 2 triangles cut out of lace and you will need to cut out two hearts from contrasting fabric.

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Once you’ve got your triangles cut out you will need to modge podge the edges of the burlap triangles. This helps to stop the burlap from fraying.  Leave these to dry on some newspaper.

When they are dry, place the 2 lace triangles on top of two dried burlap triangles and sew along the edges.

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Pin the hearts onto the middle of the lace burlap triangles and sew around the edges of the hearts.

Iron on a piece of iron on interfacing to the back of your cream/white fabric.  Now hold your [paper etters on the fabric and cut them out.  You will be tempted to pin these on before you cut them out but I don’t recommend you do this because it will leave pin marks. Trust me, I know!

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Anyway, once your letters are cut out of interfacted fabric hot glue them onto your burlap squares.  Make sure you get all the edges so that it lays nice and flat once stuck down.

Allow to dry completely.

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Pin the triangles onto your bias binding.  I left 3 fingers space between the heart lace triangle and the first M and then again before the R.  I left just over 4 fingers space between the R and the ampersand. Continue in this way spacing it so it looks good to you.

Sew a straight line along the bias binding about a quarter of an inch from the edge and you’re done!

It’s easy and looks so pretty strung on the main table or above the cake table. The couple can use it as a decoration in their bedroom after the wedding.

Happy crafting!

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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Brag Bag!

Hello my lovelies,

I am so proud of my new bag.

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It’s a Calypso Rose or Clippy London Photo tote bag that I picked up brand new with tags at a car boot sale for 15p. I am not even joking! I couldn’t snap it up fast enough!

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I saw these beauties being sold in Harrods a few years ago and really wanted one but wasn’t prepared at the time to pay the £25 price tag for one so I thought I’d wait and ask for one as a birthday gift.  Or course I forgot.  But when I saw it going BRAND NEW with tags at a car boot sale, I was prepared to splurge and then was told it was 15p!  Serious bargain!

I wanted to get a liner for my bag but didn’t like the colours of their basic liners so decided to sew myself one.  I’m so proud of how it turned out and I love the navy and white polka dots.

I cut my pics to fit and voila! A brag bag!

Super proud of it and it makes me smile too, so that’s a bonus.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

x

The Harry Potter Three broomsticks tray

Good morning my lovelies,

We got some distressing news about a family member on Friday that sent me into a bit of a tailspin this weekend.  After a good cry, I realised that until the test results confirmed anything it was no use getting upset.  To distract myself, I got crafting.

It’s amazing what you can create with a few bits that are lying around the house!  We had an old wooden tray that was left behind by the previous owners of our house.  It had seen better days and was crying out for a makeover. I was happy to oblige and that’s how the Harry Potter Three Broomsticks tray was born!

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Here’s how I did it.

I didn’t have any special paint to use and I wanted to do this tray on a budget, using things that I already had around the house if at all possible.

We had bought a few paint samples for our bathroom and when I remembered this pot of Dulux Bathroom paint in Urban Obsession I knew it would be perfect!

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First things first, I gave the tray a good wipe down to remove any grease.   Then I sanded it lightly with some lightweight sand paper. On the back and front.

I then painted the top with the Urban Obsession.  A little goes a long way with this paint and I didn’t mind if it looked a little rustic. After painting, I set it out in the sun to dry.

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Once it was dry, I painted the other side and allowed it to dry.

I printed off the logo for the Three Broomsticks from the internet and using a pencil, I went over the outlines of the writing of the logo quite thickly. It’s worth remembering that you will need to print it back to front using a mirror effect. In other words, flip the image horizontally so that when you transfer the image onto the tray it will be the right way for reading.

I then measured where I wanted it to be positioned on my tray and used tape to stick it, face down (image side down). I then used the pencil and coloured in, quite hard over the page where I had outlined the letters.  This meant that the pencil outline would transfer to the tray.

I then went over the pencil transfer with a sharpie and another permanent marker with a thin nib. When I was happy with the effect, I made sure it was dry then started to Modge Podge to seal it.

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I gave the tray four coats of Modge Podge allowing it to dry thoroughly before each coat.  I did one coat horizontally, the next vertically and so on until I had four coats done.

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Once the front was sealed, I did 4 coats of modge podge on the back in the same way as before.

Et voila!

Now to get my hands on some butter beer mugs.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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Introducing Mary Poppins

Hello my lovelies,

Today is World Book Day and my daughter’s school let’s the kids dress up as their favourite book character.  DD is obsessed with Mary Poppins and she couldn’t wait to dress up in this outfit we put together with the help of our local charity shops.

I could have splashed out £20 for a kids version of Mary Poppins’ umbrella with a parrot head but to be honest, I thought that would be a bit much. Her princess umbrella worked just as well.

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We got the jacket, skirt, hat and tapestry knitting bag from our local charity shops.  I bought some daisies from ebay and sewed these on with some red buttons.   I made the bow tie with some wide red ribbon.

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No Mary Poppins carpet bag would be complete without the obligatory tape measure.

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‘Just as I thought. Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.’

What did you dress up as for World Book Day?

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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