I honestly don’t know what happened to the last two months, I really don’t. I started this project in October and just now finished it. Between, the holidays, birthdays, family visits, company in from out of town and the real world job, it’s been maddening! We haven’t been dawdling in the least, we did finally make it up to Orlando to the theme parks for a little holiday dose of Potter World goodness and inspiration. We have been here, crafting away in every bit of spare time and making Christmas presents and trying to finish projects.
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After going to Universal I decided we needed a new fancy Christmas tree; “need” being the key there. Last year we had three different sized ones and all themed. I wanted a taller, bushier, fuller tree that would hold all of our ornaments. The ones I’ve had in the past were a thinner models that didn’t have enough room for all the shinies.
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After much deliberation I picked out a gorgeous 7.5 foot pre-lit North Carolina pine. (Check to make sure exact model) It arrived via Amazon Prime and once I fluffed it all out, we decided it was totally worth it. I decorated it almost immediately, as it was just about Thanksgiving and I like to have our tree up early since this time of year is insanely hectic for us.
It is nice to just have it on and pretty all the time. Last year I got “Owl Post” wired ribbon from the theme parks and this year I picked up an extra “Merry Christmas” glitter ribbon from Sam’s Club as this tree is larger than last years and I needed to fill in some of the gaps. I criss-crossed them on our new tree. While I didn’t love it, it would have to do for this year. I had yet to finish the project below. Next year we will omit the Sam’s ribbon and stick with the Owls and the red Happy Christmas. Note to self; must get a few more Owl Post rolls at the parks.
Back in September, I took one peek at the Pottery Barn Harry Potter/Christmas line, saw all the new fun decor and the prices: sighed and clicked right off! But, not before I saw this really nice velvet Happy Christmas garland. I decided I could make one just as nice and for way cheaper then what they were asking for. Now, I am not saying it’s not worth it, and I am sure it is super nice in person, I just wasn’t shelling out my credit card for it. I made two versions and it was a really quick and easy project. Not to mention it is no longer available.
Felt (any color you like, I used red glitter and plain green)
Burlap ribbon ( I used 3.5”)
In Cricut Design Space™ used a Harry Potter font, you can find it or something similar on any free font website. Keeping my letter height just about 3.5”-3.75″ tall to match my ribbon, I then used the rotary blade and the pink fabric mat to cut out the letters. Next step was to glue them on to the ribbon and trim the ribbon tails to my preferred length and it was done. On the second one I made, I chose to have the letters go vertically along the ribbon. This gives an option to those with a taller tree and the want to run the ribbon down from the top, instead of across the side.
This project was a simple one and took maybe an hour total time, once I had all the materials together. If you are drawing and cutting out your letters by hand, it may take a bit longer, depending on your skills and artwork.
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