Welcome back to Day 4 of Ornament Week!

If you are just now joining us for ornament week, you can catch up by checking out the other ornament week posts:

Today’s DIY Ornament inspiration: The Three Broomsticks Tavern Sign!

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Is this really the third Harry Potter related ornament I’m posting in a row? Yes, yes it absolutely is. Now, this isn’t what the actual sign looks like, but I rather like my interpretation.

Universal Orlando trip report - August 2011.

Materials

Plan Layout

First, just went out into my yard and found a stick I liked. I snapped my sticks to the length I thought would work for this ornament and arranged them on the wood round.

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This helped me identify how much room I had for the lettering.

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Paint the Lettering

I first used a colored pencil to decide where my lettering would go.

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Then, I painted over it with brown craft paint and a fine point paint brush.

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Make the Brooms

While the painted lettering dried, I made the tiny broomsticks. Using my hot glue gun, I attached pine needles (again, collected from my backyard) to one end of each stick.

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Next, I wrapped twine around the pine needles where they join the broomstick, securing it with hot glue.

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Finally, I used scissors to trim the pine needles to an appropriate length.

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Assemble the Sign

I used my hot glue gun to secure the brooms to the wood disc.

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Add a Twine Loop for Hanging

The wood disc I used had a pre-drilled hole in the top. I threaded a lenth of twine through it and tied a knot so I could hang it.

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Add to Your Tree

I simply slid the twine loop onto a tree branch.

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Check out the tutorials from last year’s Ornament Week!

Wood Memory Ornaments and my 14er tree

13 Done

Glam Dinosaur Ornaments

02 Done

Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments

08 Display

Fabric & Fur Covered Letter Ornaments

White F done

Pom Pom Ornaments

10 Done_Fotor


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Welcome back to Day 2 of Ornament Week!

If you are just now joining us for ornament week, you can catch up by checking out the other ornament week posts:

Today’s DIY Ornament inspiration: a mandrake!

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It’s finally time. This is the year that I finally have a Harry Potter themed tree. And today’s ornament is a grimacing, angry, ugly little mandrake. No muffs required.

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Materials:

Mold the Mandrake Body

To start, I made a frame for my mandrake’s little body out of foil and wire. With the wire, I planned out the two arms and three little vines coming out the top of his head.

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After kneading the clay for a bit so that it was pliable, I started applying it to the foil and wire frame. I used my fingers to sculpt his general shape.

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I kept the small flower pot nearby so I could keep checking the size and make sure he fit in there securely.

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I then used a few different tools to sculpt his little face and add details to his body. I also twisted additional little vines around the ones on top of his head and created little vine-like fingers for him. When I was happy with how he looked, I baked him according to the package directions on the box of clay.

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Paint the Mandrake

Once my mandrake was cooled, I I used a dark brown paint to fill in all the little creases and crevices.

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Then I gently added another layer of beige paint, being careful to not apply it in all the creases and crevices to create shading.

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Then I touched up the crease shading and did some blending with the darker color and a super fine paint brush.

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Glue the Mandrake in his Flower Pot

I used E-6000 glue to secure the mandrake inside his flower pot.

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Add Twine for Hanging

I used E-6000 glue to secure a length of twine to two sides of the flower pot so I can hang him on my tree. I made sure to make it long enough to account for the leaves that I was going to add on top.

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Add Foliage to Vines

Finally, I pulled out some faux leaves leftover from another project to add to the top of the mandrake. I had to cut some of them down to size. I secured them to the tops of the vines with a little dollop of hot glue.

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Add to Your Tree

Using the twine loop, I hung my angry little dude on my tree, making sure not to get the foliage tangled.

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Check out the tutorials from last year’s Ornament Week!

Wood Memory Ornaments and my 14er tree

13 Done

Glam Dinosaur Ornaments

02 Done

Cinnamon Gingerbread Ornaments

08 Display

Fabric & Fur Covered Letter Ornaments

White F done

Pom Pom Ornaments

10 Done_Fotor


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Welcome to Ornament Week 2019! A whole week of unique DIY ornament tutorials posted every day!

Today’s DIY Ornament inspiration: Baby Yoda!

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then chances are whether you’ve been watching The Mandalorian or not, you’re obsessed with Baby Yoda. For those of you that don’t know, he’s not actually Baby Yoda… but we don’t know The Child’s name, yet, and therefore, refer to him as Baby Yoda. Continue reading “Ornament Week: Baby Yoda”

Well, if you couldn’t tell from my recent botanical print update or from the newest holiday items in my Etsy shop, I’m really into a mushroom aesthetic recently.

Any room in my house is home to anywhere between 5 and 10 houseplants. Many of them have names and many of them might be hiding a miniature little gold dinosaur peeking out from behind the foliage. I love adding small touches of whimsy throughout my home and felt these mushroom plant ornaments were the perfect addition.

Continue reading “Mushroom Houseplant Ornaments”

Welcome November!

While many people like to jump straight into Christmas decor the day after Halloween, I opt to savor the autumn season for a little longer. An ironic thing to claim with a foot of snow outside and a guest bedroom cluttered with Christmas crafts that I have planned for the blog in December.

Thanksgiving Botanical Gallery Update 2

So, as I remove the spooky spiders, bats, and toads from my Botanical Print Gallery, I’m adding some more harvest-themed prints in celebration of Thanksgiving. In addition to botanical illustrations, I’ve also included animals like turkeys and owls. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Botanical Gallery Update (plus free printables)”

I’m definitely not the first person to think of this, but when Pinterest showed me a botanical print of a mandrake on my feed, I felt obliged to update my botanical print gallery for Halloween. I may have already printed out some specifically for Thanksgiving as well. I also might be constantly brainstorming which prints I should try to find for Christmas. Poinsettias? Holly? Why not?

I didn’t swap out everything, but I pulled down some of the more colorful butterflies and flowers and replaced them with more witchy prints. Like toads and ravens and spiders. Keep scrolling for links to the free printables I found.

Continue reading “Spooky Botanical Gallery Update (plus printables!)”

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