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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Harry Potter Filofax Planner

Hello my lovelies,

I’m am soooooooooo excited to share my baby with you.  As you all know, I’m a die hard Harry Potter fan and with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, my love for the wizarding world of Harry Potter has grown. I’ve had a planner of sorts most of my adult life but this is the first time I’ve had planner peace because my planner now is a complete reflection of me. Introducing, my Harry Po

I found this Finsbury real leather filofax at a charity shop for £2! I know, it was a real bargain. Over the past two months, my planner has really blossomed and come together beautifully. I’m so proud of it.

First of all, my family bought me a Harry Potter themed pandora-knock off bracelet and while I loved it, it kept getting in the way and caught on things so I recycled it into a planner charm for my filofax. I added Gryffindor colour beads and love the way it turned out.

From the top you can see the washi tape paper clips I made to mark some pages. I have tabs running along the top and right hand side of my planner.

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My chocolate frog and Deathly Hallows charms decorate the bottom.

This is the inside cover and the first things you see are some bits I’ve collected. The dashboard was made using some scrapbook paper and an image I found online. I added the little baby hedwig pic I found online as a type of tab to help me turn the page.  Of course, no journey into the world of Harry Potter would begin at any other place other than platform 9 3/4.

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Tiny Hedwig owl by  Cryptid-creations

 

I made the paperclip behind the Godric Gryffindor chocolate frog card using a large wooden button I found at The Works.  The Knight Bus licence was made for me by Woozelmom in a swap. Woozelmom makes the most A-mazing themed craft projects.   Check out my previous swap post about the wonderful things she sent me.

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On the other side of my filofax cover is a tag from a pair of Harry Potter pyjamas that I got for Christmas which was addressed to Harry. I kept it because I thought it was cute.  I then have some washi tape samples that I use in my planner to decorate pages.  Above that is my miniature Marauder’s map.  I love it!  It was a printable from Britta Blvd and you can find the link to the printable here.  The snitch card is one I got from a RAK from Storm in a tea cup gifts. They do lovely themed subscription boxes. 18033070_10154959681305659_7050404997375769262_n18033343_10154959575120659_1429067500139513524_n

From this view, you can see the tabs are planning, lists and occasions as well as a little peep of Pigwidgeon.18033407_10154959575125659_8659674820507246476_n

Through platform 9 3/4 the first thing you see is of course a Hogwarts Express ticket and my personal information that I’ve blanked out.  I figured that if my planner got lost I’d be distraught and would hope that someone would contact me to give it back.

I’ve also added mine and my daughter’s vital information such as allergies and medication that we take.  God forbid, we are ever in an accident, our information, along with my husband’s contact details are printed there as an emergency contact. Inked17992330_10154959575250659_211426713908378420_n_LI

Then comes the Hogwarts express which naturally follows on if you go through the barrier at Platform 9 3/4. I love the Hogwarts silhouette tab on the right of the page.

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On the back of the Hogwarts Express poster, I keep my owl sticky notes and tabs and my main goals for the year.

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The next first actual section is my planning section. This seems like a subject Hermione Granger would be adept at which is why I place a picture of her here. Again, I found this online through searching Google images here .

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Turning the page, there’s a quote from Ron Weasley, who was talking about Hermione at the time and then my lunar calendar. Most people think I’m crazy logging the lunar cycle but I find that the cycle of the moon really has an affect on my moods.

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The pages that follow include dates for the academic year, weekly prompts for when I’m planning my week, yearly calendar, my future log page where I write down all events and dates to remember as I find out about them, my perpetual calendar and my Yearly planner calendar pictured below.

The Knight Bus ticket was another gift from Woozelmom and I’ve laminated it to keep it nice.

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This Dumbledore quote is on the other side of my weekly prompts list and next to my future log pages.

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My favourite picture of Newt Scamander graces the list section divider.

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And one of my favourite moments of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is on the other side of Newt along with my to do list pages.  Link here.18010873_10154959576245659_966801931237913801_n

My brain dump pages follow on from the To Do List pages. Don’t you love my pencil wand? I made it using a pencil, hog glue and paint. 18010264_10154959576395659_5625836229883820987_n

The occasions divider where I can plan any entertaining we are doing, birthday parties etc.

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Another Dumbledore quote and some birthday plans for my daughter’s birthday party.

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The next section is dedicated to my pen pals and contains their addresses and a log of letters written and received.  I love the little tab topper of Pigwidgeon. Hogsmeade poster here.

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The next section is a where my daily planner pages start. The photograph was taken when my daughter and I visited Platform 9 3/4

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A map of Hogwarts follows and then it’s my monthly goals.  I like to set out my monthly goals along with my weekly intentions. More on those pages to follow.

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Here are my page per day pages.  I created them in powerpoint where all my pages are created.  I love how my page marker turned out. It has my morning and evening routines printed on it.

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My weekly intentions page is for things that I intend to get done during the week. I like the term intentions better than to do list.

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My finance section comes next. The snitch picture can be found on etsy here.

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Another Dumbledore quote found here.

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I haven’t shown my budget which is personal but I have shown some blank expenses pages and online purchase log pages.  I’m not sure about you but I sometimes forget what I’ve ordered especially if the items will take weeks to arrive such as some items ordered from China.  My purchase log keeps me updates of what is still to arrive.

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My personal section comes next.

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My transfiguration (weight loss measurements) come next and there are a few of these pages to help keep me on track. I adore Luna. I can’t find where I got this picture from but if you come across it please message me and I’ll give all due credit.

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Then there’s my cosmic ordering pages come next – they’re basically manifestation pages by another name.  If you are unfamiliar with the concept, check out the book The Cosmic Ordering Service or the website on the link above.

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Because my work can take me all over the area, I like to keep a log of where I’ve worked that isn’t my usual base and I have titled these pages Muggle Business.  Then there are pages for the Books I’ve read, books I’ve got on order at the library and books I want to read.17992308_10154959578085659_6157492901752482001_n

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Next comes The Burrow which is Swish cottage or our home.

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I keep things pertaining to our home here such a cleaning schedules, family schedules, details on family members such as clothing sizes and needs, wish lists etc.  Gryffindor poster can be found here17991900_10154959578405659_518650383477173535_n18010260_10154959578550659_4662343018696252841_n

Then there’s menu planning.  This adorable owl pic can be found here.

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I plan my weekly menu here along with any shopping that needs to be done. Again, I can’t remember where I got this picture from but if you know the source please let me know.

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There is also a page for writing down items I need to stock up on.

The last section is for writing where I keep blog post ideas along with my book ideas and notes. I love Vincent van Gogh paintings and this Hogwarts image done in the van Gogh style is just phenomenal.

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At the very back, I have a little pocket folder that I made to keep stickers, a couple of birthday cards and my Morrisons savers stamp folder. What would Hermione do image can be found here.

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I could go into so much more detail about the way I use my planner but I’ve run out of time!  This has been a lengthy post!

I hope you love my planner as much as I do.

Bright blessings,

Mrs R

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Free Honeydukes labels

Hello my lovelies,

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I’ve been crafting again!  As you will know from previous posts, I am doing a Hogwarts Holiday at Home program for my daughter when we return from Disneyland Paris. The holiday program will start with a delivery from Hogwarts via owl post of an acceptance letter to the Hogwarts Holiday at Home program, a handcrafted wand with an Ollivander’s wand box,  a Gryffindor robe, and some bought items such as a plush little owl called Otus who will have this own birth certificate (tutorial and printable to come) and blanket, a Nimbus 2000 broomstick, a Gryffindor scarf and some sweeties from Honeydukes!

I knew I wanted to add some sweet treats from Honeydukes and have been scouring the shops to find sweets that would be passable as wizarding treats. It wasn’t that difficult to be honest as there’s a lot that could easily be rebranded which is what I did.

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The first thing I did was google a list of Honeydukes candies and since I couldn’t find a free printable Honeydukes Label, I created my own which will be free for you to download at the end of the post.

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From left to right we have, Fudge Flies (chocolate covered raisins), Fizzing Whizzbees (flying saucers), Sherbet Lemons (there really are sweets called Sherbet Lemons which are Dumbledore’s favourites), Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans, Acid pops (Haribo sour stripes) and a slab of chocolate as a Dementor remedy.

It really was easy. I just bought some clear cellophane bags from ebay and filled them with sweets.  Printed off the Honeydukes labels I created using elements from the internet, printed them off, cut them out and stapled them on. It couldn’t have been easier!

Pieces of Polly had a great free printable for the Dementors chocolate wrapper.  Unfortunately it’s for an american bar of chocolate and didn’t fit the slab of Milka that I bought. To make this look better, I wrapped the slab in navy tissue paper and then just pasted the labels from Pieces of Polly on the front and back.

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All these were relatively easy except for the Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans.  I mixed a bag of regular jelly beans and a box of Harry Potter gross flavoured beans to make a combination of yummy and suprising sweet treats. I printed off a copy of the Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans box from this link

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I know the original was not tied with a ribbon at the top but I quite liked the effect of the ribbon as it gave it a nice dimension. I did this by punching a hole in the top of each of the points at the top of the box and threaded the ribbon through and tied it in a bow.

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For the chocolate frog box I downloaded a copy of the box from Gaddia on Deviant Art.

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I printed it off and followed the instructions for cutting and folding. I think it came out rather well.

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I’ve yet to add the chocolate frog but I didn’t want the chocolate to melt before I gave it to DD. I’ll be using Freddo chocolate frogs for this.

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I did make some chocolate frogs using a chocolate frog mould I bought from ebay but they went a whitish colour. I think this has something to do with the fact that I have no idea how to temper chocolate.  Aaaanyhooo!

The empty suitcase had some great wizard card printables for the chocolate frog.

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I promised you that I would give you some free Honeydukes sweet packet labels and here they are!

You should only need to right click on the images and save them to your desktop and then print them.  I suggest you print them on cardboard as I did to give it a little more structure.

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If you make these please let me know. I’d love to know how they turned out.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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Harry Potter Craft Swap

Hello my lovelies,

Last year, I participated in a craft swap but sadly I did not receive my swap.  Our craft group swap organiser asked the group for swap angels to make a little something for those who did not receive their swaps. A lovely lady called Woozelmom who has a great blog, agreed to be my swap angel and I waited patiently for my owl delivery.

This is what arrived – by royal mail, I might add, not owl. LOL!

These posters are so clever and must have taken a lot of time to word and design.

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Stan Shunpike’s conductors ID came with the posters

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as well as a ticket for the Knight Bus.  Again, I can’t believe the detail on this ticket!

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I’ve removed my address from the front of the envelope for security reasons. I just love that the owls seem to be clutching the letter. There was one for me and one for my daughter.

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This is the back of the envelope with the Hogwarts hot wax crest. The detail on the crest was amazing.

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Inside my daughter’s letter it said

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and there was this lovely wrapped gift from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes for her. I love the details of the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes logo on the top of the paper bag.

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Inside the package was little little lady.  My daughter has called her Candy Floss ‘Flossie’ for short.  Again, the details are just phenomenal!  Flossie has a little bed, favourite cookie and a little soft comfort toy.

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And here Flossie is snug in her bed. This Pygmy Puff has such beautiful details including little ears, a cute pom pom nose and the cutest ever little feet!

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Flossie loves to sit on my daughter’s shoulder.

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My part of the parcel held such exciting goodies. I completely forgot to take a picture of the letter from Charlie Weasley that accompanied this little package.

There’s something so intriuging about a brown paper wrapped gift.  It looks in no way ostentatious and gives no clues with it’s humble appearance.

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Charlie’s letter said that he was sending me a Chinese Fireball Dragon’s egg because it never grew big enough to hatch.

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The printout that was in the box is a copy of the Chinese Fireball’s carer Harvey Ridgebit field notes on the egg.

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Isn’t it gorgeous!

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The next item blew my mind! I have no idea how Woozlemom printed onto this fabric so cleanly.  And the box is covered so perfectly, it looks as if it were made that way.

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Inside sat these goodies.

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A Gyffindor themed bracelet

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and this really cute snitch necklace

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Also in the bottom of the package was a box of Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans!  I’m apprehensive to try these because the flavours include dirt, boogers, sausage and earwax!

I feel thoroughly spoiled by such lovely presents and if you want some Harry Potter inspiration check out Woozlemom’s blog.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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Ollivanders wand box

Hello my lovelies,

I’m so geeked about today’s craft. It took a while to do but its the perfect accompaniment to the wand I made the last week to go in her Hogwarts delivery.  This will be in use during our Hogwarts Holiday at Home program during the half term break and summer holidays.

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I wasn’t about to reinvent the wheel so I followed the instructions from a tutorial on YouTube from a crafter called PSiren28 check out her tutorial here. for how to make the box.

I then painted it inside and out with black acrylic paint and allowed it to dry.

This was very difficult to photograph since I was so busy making it so I hope my instructions will suffice.

Once it was dry, I cut pieces of fabric to fit into the lid and base. I wanted the fabric in the base to drape and sort of look full so I useda fairly large piece and played with it until it looked right. Once I had a piece of fabric I was happy would fit, I put clear PVA glue in the base and lid and inserted the fabric.

While these were drying I printed off the box labels from SugiAi and Catholic All Year

The I cut them out and glued them on.

  

Allow the labels to dry and voila! You’re all done!

I just love that glittery fabric!  A little witchlet has gotta have some bling, right?

Don’t forget to keep checking back because I’ve got some great tutorials coming up in keeping with the Hogwarts Holiday at Home program.

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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DIY Hogwarts Gryffindor Robes

Hello my lovelies,

Here’s the next item that will be in the special delivery package from Hogwarts for our Hogwarts Holiday at Home program.

Every witchlett needs a school robe!  I’m still waiting for the patch to arrive from ebay but I couldn’t help posting a picture. I am a mature enough geek to say that I really want one of these myself!

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I was lucky enough find a sewing pattern for a kids robe at a car boot sale- you know the kind you wear over your pyjamas? I used that and lined it to make this robe. It’s not a difficult sewing project and requires intermediate sewing skills. Everything but the sleeves on this robe are lined.

Sadly, I didn’t take pictures of the sewing process but here’s a tutorial from DIY Fashion that is easy to follow and until I found my pattern I was going to use it.

When the Gryffindor patch arrives I’ll sew it on and it’s going to look really cool. I think she’s going to love it!

Bright blessings,

Mama R

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