It is time for more Harry Potter! Clearly, this has become a “thing” for me. I created these two Harry Potter textbooks for our Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat. I popped them in the cauldron I had made for the Harry Potter party. Becuase we had the whole Trunk-or-Treat props to create, I was working on a tight deadline and so I will have to confess that I really didn’t write down supplies and tools I used to create these. That just adds to the mystery, right? However, if you have a specific question about how I created something just drop me a line. Without further ado, we enter the Hogwarts Library.
Both books started life as blank journals. I found the larger book at a discount store and the smaller book came from my local craft store.
The Dragon book was referenced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone where Hagrid borrowed a copy from the Hogwarts Library to learn about a dragon egg he had acquired.
I started by creating the dragon scales using a stencil and dimensional paste. I used a variety of products to get the color correct. Some paint, a little mist and finally a little Distress Stickles.
Next came the “leather” portion. For this, I used heavy cardstock and more paint with a little stamping on top. Then I applied a little vaseline in a few areas and painted over the whole thing with a few shades of brown acrylic paint. I then tore the corners and adhered it to the front. I also distressed my edges to add to the whole feel.
I added the corner details which were created using chipboard accents colored using Prima Marketing’s Patina kit.
Next, I started on the title. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the lettering from white cardstock and then I attacked it with all of my distress metallic supplies. I made two accent bands using a variety of tools and techniques.
I used a ton of different distress techniques on the book and I was really pleased with how it turned out.
Now on to the smaller Quidditch book. The snitch in the center was created with polymer clay and gilding wax. The wings are from Tim Holtz and were colored with Pearl Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixitive. The title and shield and title were cut using my Silhouette Cameo.
I used Distress Inks, paint, Crackle Paint, stain, sprays on the cover to create the work look. I also stamped a large compass to add to the effect.
I used metallic corners that I used the Patina Medium on for the corners.
The metal ribbon holder and title frame are from Stampin’ Up! They are really old and have been hiding in one of my drawers for ages.
I also added metallic nailhead rhinestones and gems for just a little bling, I really love the colors on this book cover.
IThe larger decorative strip is a piece of faux leather fabric leftover from my Brave costume.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my books as I had a blast experimenting and creating these. I wasn’t trying to make them match but I guess I tend to go for similar colors.
As always, thanks for popping by and checking out the latest Harry Potter addition.
Halloween was over a month ago, but I am sure that you all are thinking about next year already! Okay maybe not but between getting this post ready and my Halloween Lantern Village in progress things are this weird mix of Halloween and Christmas around here. Hopefully, you too will get the all-year Halloween bug with our Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat.
Now, let me start by describing what a Trunk-or-Treat is, just in case you are unfamiliar. In our area, most Trunk-or-Treats are hosted by churches. Basically, you go to the parking lot and decorate your car, more specifically your trunk or in our case the bed of our truck. Then the kiddos come around and collect the candy. This year’s event had about 30 participants, each class has a representative. Since I was not sewing Little Misses costume this year I had some spare Halloween energy just floating around. I knew it had to be cool and big and Harry Potter themed.
This was our entry! My husband wore his Harry Potter robe. I dressed as McGonnagal, our other parent volunteer came as Rita Skeeter, and we picked up a spare Bellatrix Lestrange from the front office. We built our castle using 2x4s and plywood. I had my in-house engineer (aka the husband) help me with the design and build. The wall is about 7 feet tall and fits right about the tailgate and comes in two pieces, which were joined on-site. Next, I skinned the wall with insulation foam. This comes in large sheets at the hardware store. Once the walls were covered with the foam I used my Dremel-like tool to carve in the stones. Once that was done. I then heat the foam with my paint stripping gun (hot!). This causes the foam to contract where it has been carved and gives it a more authentic look.
At this point, I really should have covered my walls with monster mud but I was afraid to add to much weight, so I just used craft acrylic to paint my walls. I used a sea sponge to get the stone look. I used a beige color for the mortar and three shades of gray on the blocks. This took awhile, mostly because I had to keep running to the store to buy more.
I create the “Hogwarts” sign with more foam and a lot of carving with the Dremel. I printed out a guide that I traced onto the foam to use as a guide. Then carved around the letters. I then hit is with the heat gun before adding the Monter Mud. This gave the piece a lot of strength and didn’t seem to add too much weight. I painted it to match my wall.
I cut a Hogwarts silhouette out of plywood for the bed of the truck. We used fabric stapled to the top of the wall to give the whole thing some depth. We also added a background made from 2x4s and plywood behind the castle silhouette. I bought a fancy light projector that I shone on the background, this was supposed to look like it was behind the castle but it was too bright out so it was a little less than I had hoped for.
We drug out all the Harry Potter Party props that we could lay our hands on, really it was everything that I could fit in the truck. We bought:
New Harry Potter Textbooks
Monster Book of Monsters
Bertie Bots & Chocolate Frog Boxes
I also loaded the soundtrack to my phone and played it through a Bluetooth speaker. This was so much fun! The Hubbs would like the castle to find a new home but I really would like to keep it for down the road, I guess we’ll see. Hopefully, this will inspire you to create your own Trunk-or-Treat.
Welcome! I can’t seem to stay away from Harry Potter, not that I am complaining. Today, I have created a new project for all you Harry Potter fans – a tribute shadowbox. I am considering making these available for sale down the road. I am also working on a teacher appreciation shadow box which should be done soon.
I created this project using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Design Edition Software. I used only white cardstock as my base and then a ton of different tools to create the different looks.
I wish I had taken a photo of my desk when I was done, it looked like a craft bomb had gone off. I did my best to write down all of the supplies and I will list those at the end. This was so much fun to create and I had way more ideas than would fit in this 8″x10″ frame. Hedwig is my very favorite.
I used a lot of misting sprays and embossing powders, distress ink, Glossy Accents and PearlEx powders to pull this Harry Potter Shadowbox together.
I love how the Dobby element turned out. This was cut with my Silhouette Cameo and then the background was misted with a variety of Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels.
I reused the stag shape I created for my Always Painting. The stage and back frame were colored with Distress Stain and the blue mat was colored with more color mists.
Above you can see Hedwig and a glimpse of the wand. Hedwig was my favorite element. I added a little Glossy Accents to her eyes.
The Hogwarts quote panel was created with Distress Inks, Pearl Ex Powders and Distress Stain. The Harry panel was also created with Distress Stain, Distress Inks, and Distress Marker. The back mat was created with Embossing Powder. The Deathly Hallows Panel was done with Glimmer Mist and Silver Embossing Powder.
Overall I am happy with how this latest project turned out. I am looking forward to creating and sharing more! As always, thank you for your time!
Back again with more Harry Potter Magic! One of the events at our party was the wand selection. This was so much fun! I created each unique wand and they were all very different. Some were inspired by the films and some from my imagination. The kids had a great time picking out their wands and I had a great time creating them.
I had seen a lot of the hot glue wands online and while they looked easy and quick to create I really wanted to create something that gave me more control over the shape of the wands. In addition, I really don’t need any more hot glue burns. So I came up with these Harry Potter wands for our party!
Each wand started as a plain wooden dowel. I bought a pack of 12″ wooden dowels and trimmed a few from dowels I had laying around. (Yes, you read that right I do have dowels just laying willy nilly around this place.) I trimmed them using my scroll saw after the sculpting dried. This allowed me to make the length match the wand since some of these took on a life of their own.
To start, I used 100 grit sandpaper to rough up the surface of my wood. I then mixed up some Apoxie Sculpt. This was my first time using this product and I was really pleased with the end result. It was easy to work with and I liked the way it smoothed out with a little bit of water. One thing that I struggle with when using polymer clay is fingerprints.
Some of the wands had clear plans and I looked up photos online to find exactly what I wanted. I wanted to be sure that I didn’t have any flat spots on my wands so I filled an old paint water cup with leftover decorative sand from my cauldron and I stuck the wands in there. this held them up while they dried – voila no flat spots.
I will admit that the dragon was my favorite. It was so much fun. Once all the wands were cured I used my scroll saw to trim down the wands. I also sanded a few of the wands where they needed it, mostly to smooth the transition from sculpture to the dowel. Now I was ready to start painting. I used craft acrylics, for some of the “wood” looking wands I really thinned down the paint to make a wash. Again, I used my cup of sand to hold them while they dried.
I used craft acrylics, for some of the “wood” looking wands I really thinned down the paint to make a wash. Again, I used my cup of sand to hold them while they dried. It was so much fun to see the wands take shape. The paint made the wand’s personality just jump out. It was really fun to think about which kiddo would go for which wand.
When all the wands here cured, trimmed and painted I was ready to seal them. I used a high shine spray sealer and gave each wand a few coats. In the end, I created 20 wands and managed to use one 1 lb Apoxie Sculpt. It comes in two 8 oz containers that you mix equally, in the amount you need. It is air dry medium but I felt like I had a length of time to work with it before and as I mentioned above, I loved that you can smooth it out with water. I really liked my Hedwig Wand but my daughter’s first guess was that it was going to be a penguin and then once I had painted it she kept calling it a pigeon. I think she was just giving me a hard time, however, I really liked that one.
For the party, I created an Ollivander’s Storefront that held the wands, I will share the creation of the project down the road! Thanks for stopping by!
That’s right today’s Harry Potter Party project is the Golden Egg! When Harry opens the egg underwater it gives him the following clue in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Come seek us where our voices sound, We cannot sing above the ground, And while you’re searching ponder this; We’ve taken what you’ll sorely miss, An hour long you’ll have to look, And to recover what we took, But past an hour, the prospect’s black, Too late, it’s gone, it won’t come back.
Now, my egg didn’t open and I am not sure that you would want to put it underwater, but it was fun to create. Per usual, I started my creation with lots of research. The Noble Collection has a beautiful Golden Egg for sale and they had great photos.
I started by sketching my design based on the photos I found on the internet. I was able to find an unfinished paper mache egg at Target that was the right size. The egg has a slightly flat bottom which allows it to stand without falling over.
My next step was to apply air dry clay all over my egg. I sculpted the owl at the top and then started carving. I used my sketch as a guide. I’d love to tell you that I had everything laid out perfect and that it just worked out but that would not be the truth. I got about 3/4 of the way through my carving and realized that I was going to have too much room. So, I just had to make it work. I added a few additional buildings and my “secret” message. I tried to keep with the style of the rest of the egg.
These things just happen sometimes and I really believe that they are just a part of the process. The air dry clay cured very quickly so there wasn’t much time to mess around trying to fix anything anyway. Once it was done, I was pretty happy with the overall look.
I left my egg to cure. Once dry, the owl and wings had popped off but I just re-glued them on without any issue. I find that air dry clay doesn’t like to stick to itself and I just plan to glue things back on. A little more time to let the glue dry and then it was on to painting. I started with a coat of black acrylic paint, making sure to get down into the carvings. I gave my egg two coats of black. Again, more time to dry and then onto the gilding! This was my favorite part of the egg. I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush. It is a wax and I just rubbed it on using a paper towel. Super easy! I made sure to just add the gold to the top of my egg and not into the carving.
I really liked how the egg turned out and the primitive style carvings made it an easy project. Good luck with your own Golden Eggs – super fun!
Today is the day for some, bubble, bubble, toil and trouble! If you saw my porch photos you might have noticed my little cauldron. When I started on this particular project I knew that I wanted something different. I found lots of “regular” plastic cauldrons but wanted something with a different shape. I did lots of research on cauldrons. The cast iron cauldrons were very expensive and then there is the issue of what do you do with it afterward? I couldn’t find a plastic cauldron that I liked. The cauldrons in the movie have a unique shape and I wanted something more like the film version. I didn’t really get the shape I wanted but I got close and I was very happy with the end result.
While I was on my research walkabout, I came across some amazing Halloween prop makers sites. These people are incredible. They make me want to go over the top on Halloween. I discover this tutorial. This was for a huge cauldron but I thought that I could apply this to my little project. Later I found this slightly easier tutorial over at Epbot. Well, I was convinced and I was ready to rock and roll.
To begin, I purchased 10″ plastic garden pot locally for under $5. I created a “rib” template to create the shape I wanted for my cauldron. Then, I used my Silhouette Design Software to create my template. I printed this out and was ready to trace and cut.
I traced about 30 ribs onto cardboard and then cut these out. Next, I applied these around my pot (nearly evenly) using duct tape. If you were making a big or a biiiiiiiig cauldron you would want to use more ribs.
Once my ribs were on and fairly straight I applied more duct tape over my newly shaped cauldron. I made sure to cover all of the ribs and leave no holes.
Now it was onto paper mache! I used a very basic mixture of flour and water along with torn newspaper to cover my cauldron. It is important to tear your newspaper versus cut it. I forgot about this and had terrible lines later that I had to deal with. On my Snitch Pinata, I learned my lesson and only used torn newspaper and the result was much better.
I did a few coats of paper mache, making sure to let each layer dry before I started on the next.
Next, I added a layer of paper clay. You can find the recipe here. My clay turned out a little bumpier than I really was hoping for but I think that was owing to the fact that I didn’t use a mixer and that I used nicer toilet paper. I added handles by fashioning circles using air dry clay and then for the fasteners I used toilet paper rolls that I cut up to size. I glued these to my cauldron using high temp hot glue.
So, after this, I gave my cauldron a light coat of just joint compound. Once everything was dry, I gave my cauldron two coats of flat black spray paint.
It was at this point that I forgot that I was supposed to be taking photos as I went along. Once I got my cauldron painted, I added the potion remenants. For this, I used plain old white glue mixed with decorative sand and then a mixture of the sand with raw oatmeal. I just kind of dribbled around the top edge. I was channeling my inner messy witch. This detail sat for 24 hours to fully dry. Then I added the paint. I used slightly watered down craft acrylic paint and painted over my glue dribbles.
Handles made with air dry clay & toilet paper rolls
I am very pleased with my little cauldron and am toying with the idea of making a big one for Halloween. The additional layer of joint compound makes the little guy a little heavy but that also keeps it from blowing away, which is always a good thing.
Yeah, I am finally back! This party was a success and I have nearly recovered. We have the bulk of the decorations down and boxed away and nearly all the items that were moved have been returned. So, my plan for this series of post will be this, I am going to walk you through the party. I will share what all the kids did and the order. Then any projects that I haven’t shared will be shared in individual posts. Without further ado!
To start, we decorated our front porch. I made a Beware Whomping Willow sign that I staked out in front of our tiny tree. I also made one that said, “Wizards Welcome, Muggles Tolerated.” The second sign was placed in our large empty flower pot that lives on the front porch. Initially, I thought about getting flowers or some other plant for it but the sign, a last minute addition, became one of my favorites signs from the party.
We had our Bentwood Trunk (ordered on Ebay from the UK), a new trunk I purchased locally at a discount outlet, a brown wrapped package (addressed to the birthday girl and from Flourish & Blotts), Hedwig in her cage, the Gryffindor scarf, aged cauldron, Nimbus 2000, and Quidditch goggles all decorating the front porch. I hung our Hogwarts Express sign from the eave and added the Hogwarts House Bunting that I made. The big draw was the “brick wall” the kiddos passed through to enter the party. We also had out our directional sign posts. I created each of the signs and just put on as many as I could manage!
Once they entered the house, our guests were greeted by the House Banners and Always canvas down the hallway. To the left, in my studio, we had set-up a photo booth. I used a black cloth backdrop and stands that I have for my photography as the backdrop. We had props that I printed from the WB site. That I glued to foam core and added handles. I also had a wanted poster, complete with Azkaban Prison number card and then our Ford Anglia cut out. The kids had a blast getting their pictures taken. We did the photo booth area as they entered in order to give the guests time to arrive. We also used it again when one of our classes ended a little early.
Once all of the guests arrived we performed our Sorting Ceremony. Now, I figure that nearly all of the kids would want to be in Gryffindor so a true Sorting Ceremony wouldn’t net me the three classes that we needed. What I did instead was to create badges each with a dragon on them. We had green, red, and yellow. Each kiddo came up and put on the hat, the reached into my cauldron and pulled out their badge. This divided them up into groups of six each.
Then we sent them off for their first class. We sent one group to the basement for Portions, one to Quidditch, and one to Herbology. For Quidditch, we set up the Quidditch Cornhole boards on the side of our house. The weather was perfect! On the back porch was Herbology, here the kiddos were planting Mandrakes. In the basement, Snape was teaching the kids to make slime. Each session was 20 minutes and then they switched.
Once we had worked through our three classes, it was on to Defense Against the Dark Arts as a large group. We had black balloons, filled with helium. In each balloon was a Patronus. I had cut each animal out of glitter cardstock and then inserted them into each balloon before I inflated them. We had:
I brought out the balloons and each guest selected one balloon. Then we went around the room and each kiddo used the special wand ( a spare wand with a large pin taped on) to pop their balloon and find their Patronus, making sure to give a loud “Expecto Patronum” before the popping. I held the balloons for each student and managed to have no one stab me. So a victory in my book.
This gets us to about half-way on the party activities. The next post will detail our trip to Gringotts and Olivanders and then the food!
The Quidditch Cornhole Boards are finally completed! Between retouching, cold weather, and paint that took forever to dry these took way longer than I was anticipating. In fact, the process of building the actual boards took way less time than painting them. Despite all of the setbacks they are finally complete. Now, I just have to either make or purchase bean bags.
Without further ado, here is how I made these. To begin, I made a trip to my local hardware store to purchase my wood. I was in a hurry and didn’t have them cut it for me, which was probably not the best idea but these things happen. I managed to find three 2x4s in the miscut bin so I got those at 70% off. They each had about 3″ cut off the end but I knew that I had a spare 2×4 at home to make up the difference. In addition to the 2x4s, I also purchased a 4’x8′ sheet of plywood. I dragged my wood home and began the process of cutting everything.
The 2x4s were cut as follows:
21″ short sides (4)
48″ long sides (4)
12″ legs (4)
I cut the sheet of plywood to 24″x48″
I did use a circular saw to cut all of my wood, which always makes me a little nervous. If you use a circular saw please be very careful and follow all of the safety guidelines. I used 3.5″ screws to assemble my frames.
I added the goals to the plywood in two different ways. For my first board, I screwed my plywood deck to my frame first and for the other, I cut it out before I screwed the deck down. I actually think that adding it after it was screwed down was easier but it is up to you. I used a 6″ circle drill. This is a lot of work for a drill, so use caution and be sure to keep an eye on your drill. Mine got very hot cutting out the holes. For the second board, once the hole was cut I screwed the deck to the frame with 1 1/2″ screws.
Now, I went about shaping my legs. I used a circle cutting tool in my crafting arsenal to cut out a 3 1/2″ circle from paper to use as my curve template. Using my paper template, I traced the curves onto one end of each leg. I really should have used a jigsaw to cut these out, but since I didn’t want to borrow my neighbors I thought that I could cut it out with my scroll saw. Now, I will tell you that this was not my best idea since the scroll saw isn’t really made to cut wood this thick. I babied it through and cut out some of the ugliest curves but they worked. and since you really won’t see them under the frame and decking I just left them. I drilled through the frame and legs and added my carriage bolts.
Now, came the fun part, PAINTING! I designed my paint template in my Silhouette Software so I would know what was going where. I used a new brand of paint (for me) on this project. ArtMinds Outdoor paint. I purchased black, teal, yellow, and white. We decided that we needed to paint the snitches gold, not yellow so I also purchased gold outdoor paint by FolkArt. I started by priming my boards and then once dry, I used painters tape to create my design.
The add the graphics I created stencils using my Silhouette Cameo. These were big and gave me lots of trouble. I probably should have purchased a higher grade of plywood and/or done more sanding but the stencils were a challenge to cut and to paint. This caused me to have to do a lot of retouching where paint seeped under the stencil. Below you will see a few photos from the process.
One other issue I had was that on one of the boards the black paint just wouldn’t dry. While the cold weather kept me from painting on these for almost a week, it took about that long for the deck to dry. I painted the boards at the same time, the same way, so I have no idea why only one was giving me trouble. The black paint was much thicker than all the other colors and I am sure that was what led to the issue.
I added the central image and then the lettering. I used white paint and then on the snitch, I painted over this with the yellow paint, but that was overruled necessitating the purchase of the gold paint. This was really much better. As I mentioned, this was not an easy process and I fought with the stencil material as much as I did the paint but in the end, it all worked out.
Once I had my main designs done, I used painting tape to add the yellow stripe and then the stands up to the Quidditch rings. I also cut out the goal circles and added those. I took my legs off the boards and painted those with the black paint.
The final step was to add the varnish. The paint says that it doesn’t need a sealer but I wanted my boards to hold up during the party and for years to come so I added four coats of Varathane to the tops and one coat on the legs and sides.
Overall, I think that they turned out pretty decent. If I were to do it again I would get the wood cut at the store, borrow the jigsaw, and do a bit more sanding. The outdoor paint was very thick and I don’t love that you can see brush strokes but I don’t hate it enough to redo it!The other thing was that on one board the varnish did a funny thing on the last coat and got really streaky, this was another one of those things that I am not sure what went wrong but I don’t hate it enough to start all over.
Once we started our party planning one of the first things I knew that we needed to have was a Nimbus 2000 for our porch display. I started looking around and found out pretty quickly that they are pretty pricey, but in my search, I discovered that people were making their own. I decided that I would give it a go. So far, this has been my most ambitious project for the party, but I think that it turned out pretty good.
I found the hands-down best tutorial here. I looked at a few other tutorials for help on things when I got stuck but this was really all I needed. One other resource that was key for me was a template for the broom handle. There are so many wonderful people out there and this pattern was shared here. I imported the pattern into my Silhouette Design Studio and printed it out and then taped it together. I don’t have regular access to a large scale printer so this worked for me.
I will just give you a quick run through on my process and an overview of the tools. Like I said the first tutorial is very complete.
I started with a piece of 2″x6″ pine that I picked up from my local hardware store. Then I printed out my template and traced this to my board. Next, I borrowed a jigsaw and cut out the shape. I haven’t really worked with a jigsaw before but it was pretty easy. To cut out the broom, I clamped my wood to my work table and cut out the pattern. I would reposition my wood and clamps as needed. Now, I had a square piece of wood in roughly the shape of the Nimbus.
Now came the shaping. In the various tutorials, people used a variety of tools to round out the broom shape. Some used a table router or I also saw an angle grinder with a sanding disk. Since I had to borrow a jigsaw I’ll bet that you can guess that I own neither of these nor any of the other tools I saw used. So that left me with what I did have, a Dremel, a rasp, and a palm sander. I will not tell you that this was quick or easy but using the carving drum on my Dremel and a coarse wood rasp I started getting the basic shape. Once I was happy with that I went to my palm sander and 60 grit sand paper. I went through quite a few piece of sandpaper but I finally had my shape.
Now, came the process of finishing the sanding process. I gradually went from 60 to 400/600 grit paper. I used a lot of 150. It was at this time that I realized that my piece of wood was not the greatest. It had a few knots and a long split and I really considered buy a new piece and starting over again. When I really weighed what this would do to my timeline for the party I quickly rejected it and just went with the flow. I filled my imperfections and got ready to stain.
I started by prepping my handle with pre-stain and then I used Red Mahogany to stain my broom handle. I don’t always use pre-stain but for something like this, I think that it does help give you a more even color and plus it makes me feel like I am a legitimate woodworker. You may have noticed that the color of my broom isn’t quite right, I think that this is owing to the nature of the pine. I was really afraid to apply another coat of stain because I really liked the way that the wood looked. I think that the variations of color, light to dark give it a nice character. My concern was that I would loose the woodgrain and that it could look too red, so I stopped here.
When my stain was dry, I began applying varnish. I left a very small portion of the handle bare. Not really on purpose but so I would have a place to hold it. I used clamps on this bare spot to hand the broom in the garage while I was varnishing it and then when it was drying.
After varnish coat two I realized that I forgot a very key element, the Nimbus 2000 logo. So I was a little stuck but decided to just do it where I was, in-between the layers of varnish. Using my Silhouette Cameo and the logo I found online I created a vinyl stencil then I used gold acrylic paint to add the logo. Knowing that would not be able to fix mistakes with more paint, I made sure that the stencil was smooth and making solid contact with the broom. I also allowed the paint to dry completely dry before removing the stencil. I chose to just do the logo on one side. Then it was back to the varnishing process. Five additional coat completed the process.
Then I drilled a hole in the end of the handle and added a dowel rod where I would be attaching the broom bristles. Now, finding the bristle materials was crazy difficult. Nothing was right. It was either too thick or too expensive or just plain wrong. Back to the internet to see what other people had used, I found my answer – a deconstructed bamboo shade.
Off to the hardware store to pick one up. A few hours later I had lots of reeds that were very close in size and length. I created a foam structure using two floral styrofoam cones and one round piece. I glued these to my dowel and used sandpaper to shape them. This created a huge mess! I painted them black with acrylic paint and then started on the broom bristles. Whooo this was a tedious process.
I cut a piece of clear tape and laid out a bunch of the reeds, then I applied a large amount of wood glue to my foam structure. Next, I would pick up my tape and lay the reeds in the glue. I would then place several fat rubber bands over the tape and let the reeds dry. Once they were dry I could remove the rubber bands and tape and start with the next area. I did this until I thought that I had everything mostly covered. Then I repeated this process for the bottom.
This was not an exact process and got pretty mess but in then end it did the trick. I ended up using a lot of reeds. I sort of think that my broom was a little too fat and that if it were a little more streamlined that this would have been a little easier but once the reeds were in place there was no going back. My last step with the reed was to trim them. I used my rotary tool and a cutting disk to trim them up. There were little pieces of bamboo flying everywhere.
Once the reeds were glued and completely dry came the next challenge. In the tutorial, he creates a kickstand using nylon rod and metal. While his version looks awesome with the kickstand, I decided to forgo this step and just add the gold bands. I had a terrible time finding something that would adhere to the reeds and that look correct. After a few trips to the area craft stores, I finally ended up with a thin gold cord from the sewing department. I used E6000 to glue the two ends down and used a rubber band to hold that in place while it dried. Then once that was dry I used a whole lot of super glue to get everything to stay in place. I am still picking super glue off my fingers.
That was it – I had my broom she was finally done and I was pretty happy with the results. I wanted to share so I took it outside to photograph it and when I stepped back to take my first photo it fell over, onto concrete and there was a dent. Not just in the varnish but the actual wood was dented, right at the top. Well, there was no crying over toppled racing broom so I sanded the area as best as I could and re-varnished the dent. Now, the repair isn’t perfect but I figure that a real racing broom would take some damage over the course of play and it really isn’t as bad as it could have been.
Now that this project is complete, I will be back to the creation of my signs and potions! If you follow me on Instagram you saw a work-in-progress of my Knockturn Alley sign, they’ll be more to come! Thank you for spending time here!
Things have been a little crazy around these parts. In addition to neglecting my blog, I have totally been AWOL on house cleaning/cooking/everything else! I have been plugging away at our Harry Potter Party plans in addition to Valentine’s Day preparations. I didn’t want to share anything until I had some finished projects to share with you all and everything was just taking so long. The good news is that I finally have a project so have no fear the Cornish Pixies are here!
I purchase a pattern on Etsy (here) to create Cornish Pixies. I had a devil of a time finding the right color of suede cloth and then ended up getting way too much of the blue and then my lighter color was way too purple to make two colored pixies. So, they are going to be one color and I will have to find something to make out of the remaining suede cloth. I am planning on adding wings but they seemed like they wanted to be introduced first.
I have never really made anything like this before and I will admit that the process was a little bit intimidating. Turning the antenna covers was particular challenging. In the end, all the blood (actual blood), sweat, tears, blisters, and cursing was totally worth it. While they are far from perfect, the pattern was fun and very well written with lots of photos. Once I made the first one the others were much easier. Now, I will have to be on the look out for a little bird cage for them. I have already purchased one for Hedwig but she clearly cannot share with these little mischief makers!
My studio area is a huge mess – it looks like a mad scientist has been plying his trade in here. I am working on potion bottles and they are seriously everywhere! In fact, I had to move all my sewing supplies into the dining room area to work on these guys. I am having so very much fun with this party!
Thanks for popping by! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
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