Last year’s Harry Potter Christmas tree is back up and the kids are in round 2 of Harry Potter ornament crafting (ok, me too! Definitely me too!).
I know there probably isn’t time to work on any Harry Potter ornaments this year, but I thought I’d still put together a round up of all the ornaments from last year, including a couple of how-to’s for the HP ornaments we made.
HOGWARTS HOUSE POM POMS AND YARN ORNAMENTS
These Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin ornaments are SO EASY. For the pom poms, just use a pom pom maker and red/maroon, cobalt/navy, yellow/mustard, hunter/kelly green yarn to make the poms.
For the yarn wrapped ornaments, crochet a chain with two strands of yarn (for each house) and hot glue the yarn around an ornament until it’s entirely covered.
HOGWARTS HOUSE GARLANDS AND SCARVES
Piper crocheted little house scarves and garlands in red/maroon, kelly/hunter green, navy/royal blue and yellow/mustard for Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. The scarves are the CUTEST.
And the swirl of house garlands down the tree totally makes it!
HARRY POTTER SPELL BOOK ORNAMENTS
The kids watched this video how-to before they made their spell books out of cardboard, paper, paint and hot glue. I LOVE how all of these turned out, and the kids love them even more.
HARRY POTTER BROOM STICK ORNAMENTS
Twigs from the backyard + kraft paper + yarn + hot glue = the perfect little broom ornaments.
POTION BOTTLE ORNAMENTS
We found these little glass bottles at Kmart, filled them with beads and confetti, put a potion label on each one (Burke had extras in one of his Harry Potter books) and glued on a yarn hanger. So easy, so fun!
HOUSE FLAGS, POTTER BOOKS, QUIBBLERS & PORTRAITS
We also found these FABULOUS printables and printed house flags (we mounted them on cardstock flags)…
…book covers (we added the inside pages)…
…and portraits (the kids cut out cardboard frames and went crazy with hot glue and paint).
HARRY POTTER PAINTED FACE ORNAMENTS
The kids painted a whole cast of Harry Potter characters on ornament wood slices (when we googled “Harry Potter ornaments,” these kept coming up)!
To paint them, they just added a house scarf or accessory at the bottom of the circle and then hair, eyes and any character specific features at the top). I shouldn’t pick favorites, but I seriously LOVE the Hagrid ornament- doesn’t the wonky wood slice just make that one perfection?
FELT OWL ORNAMENTS
Pi also made felt owl ornaments (including Hedwig, and Pigwidgeon) to add an extra HP-ish vibe. She didn’t really use a template, just cut out oval-wtih-ears owl bodies, big round owl eyes, little football-shaped wings, tiny beaks, and rows of felt feathers and then hot glued the pieces together and stuffed with batting. (Sidenote- I love that girl. I love her creativity and ideas and the way she executes them! It’s seriously my favorite).
HARRY’S LIGHTENING SCAR ORNAMENTS
We also made a whole batch of lightening ornaments. These are so easy- make a lightening template on cardstock and trace it with a fabric pen on doubled over yellow fabric and cut out, leaving a margin. Sew along the traced lightening shape, leaving a gap on one of the long edges for stuffing. Turn right side in, stuff with batting, close up the opening (I actually just used a dab of hot glue but you could also sew it shut) and add a thread hanger.
HARRY POTTER ITEMS
The kids also gathered a pile of already-on-hand Harry Potter items- house ties and scarves, Luna Lovegood glasses, Scabbers the rat, etc.
DEATHLY HALLOWS TREE TOPPER
The Deathly Hallows tree topper is kind of my favorite (engineered by Adam out of a night light the kids had in their room and some white wire).
RAVENCLAW SCARF WRAPPED TREE COLLAR
Nothing like having three Ravenclaw scarves on hand to dress up a tree collar! Pi wrapped the scarves, one at a time, around the tree collar and secured on the inside with duct tape before starting with a new scarf.