A few years back I declared to my fella that we were going to have a Harry Potter themed Christmas tree. Over the last 20 years, or so I have been collecting the Hallmark ones and I wanted to make a few decorations to add to make it POP! We decided to go for it so that next year we could have an alternative to a more traditional themed tree, or maybe get an extra smaller one.
Well that idea went over so well and we both loved the outcome so much, every year since has been Potter themed. Our display has since grown from the few starter ones we are making here (plus, so many more that will be posted in the near future) that we now own yet another ( 5′) mini tree and a little mini table top tree.
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First, I decided that I wanted to make some magical creatures for our tree to add a magical flair. I decided that I wanted dragons and unicorns ooo and of course, Snitches, but I couldn’t think of exactly how to go about it.
Then lightning struck! I would just look for little dragon toys and make them into ornaments! As I was searching online, I saw these really nice unicorns that were all ready for some DIY fun. I disliked the colors on them, but that was an easy fix. That left the snitches, I knew I would have to come up with something very clever here. I hope I don’t disappoint.
The dragon an unicorn projects were some of the very first Harry Potter themed Christmas decorations I created. The first wave of ornaments were quick to assemble and not overly expensive and that’s always a plus! They were designed from nothing fancy or too expensive. In fact, the materials for each type could be purchased for less than $10-$15 each! Sometimes you can even get them lower, depending on the time of year.
There are so many different ideas and for ornaments it is hard to pick a place to start. You can never start holiday projects too early because they do take time to assemble, ship, and then make additional ones for everyone who wants you to make some for them. And, don’t they always seem to want some too? Well, what is great about these two projects is that they go together really quickly.
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-tools and a method to make a hole for the eye hook to be inserted (we used a small tipped soldering iron to melt a hole)
–Unicorns I think these can be prettier; let’s find out
-acrylic paint (glossy or matte)
-art supplies, clean up water, etc.
–Mod Podge optional unless using glossy paint.
-1/16″ drill bit to insert the eye hooks
In my humble opinion, this one is a brilliant idea!
–3′ Snowflakes (you’ll see)
-mini 1″-1.5″ gold shatterproof ornaments
-hot glue gun
–spray paint (pewter/bronze/silver/gold) I like the shiny ones. Just be sure to check that it bonds well with the plastic
Assembling the dragons is very simple. Make a hole for the eye hook. There are many ways to make a hole for the eye hook to be inserted (we used a small tip soldering iron to melt a hole). You may be able to use a small drill, but be careful. There is only a tiny space to work in. In the photos, you will see that we chose to make the hole for the hook at the top of the wing joint. This location allows of both of the dragon styles to hang evenly. You may need to experiment if you have dragons that are balanced differently. Once you have the eye hook installed, use either twine or ribbon for hanging. Project 1 is now complete. GOOD JOB!
I picked these unicorns because they were the perfect size for what I wanted for our tree. I hated the colors, but that can be fixed! The first thing I did when these little unicorns arrived was to take them to the Garage of Doom (one day I will organize it better) and spray paint them matte white, being sure to cover all the original coloring. Once that layer dried, I painted the hooves gold and the manes silver. I choose green for the eyes as green is my favorite color, and I make all of my favorite things green. The prancing unicorn got the eye hook in the top of its head, and the standing unicorn was the center of the back (see photos). We used a 1/16″ drill bit to do this step. Then, attach the twine or ribbon for hanging. Voila, ’tis complete! Victory!
These are super simple and the outcome is so fantastic. Remove the handles, they should pop out easily. Spray paint handles and cauldrons in the color(s) of your choice. I choose pewter, silver, bronze, gold and left a few black. We removed the handles to get maximum coverage on the cauldrons. Allow to dry, then reassemble. Use the handles as hangers. Another project down, one more to go!
This one was my favorite! I saw the snowflakes in Walmart’s Christmas section and the light bulb went off! To make the wings, I took my trusty scissors and removed the 6 large stems all the way around, discarding the core. HOW GREAT WAS THAT? Then, all I did was glue them to the sides of the gold shatterproof ornaments. For a tiny snitch, they work great and are just the right size.
PROJECT COMPLETE! LETS BRING ON CHRISTMAS!
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