Friday, December 2, 2016

Quick Craft: A House-Elf Sock Wreath!

Here's a ridiculously easy Christmas craft for you Harry Potter fans:


House-Elf Sock Wreath!

This was all John's idea - I just suggested we put it on a wreath - mostly because Kreacher is John's favorite Potter character. If you ever want a passionate fictional history lesson, ASK HIM WHY. It's pretty hot. (Mrowr.)

This is also a fun craft to do with kids, since you can always invent new House-Elf names and have everyone decorate their own sock. 

All you need are an old wreath (the rattier then better), some rope or twine, clothes pins, socks, and whatever you'd like to decorate with. We used glitter glue for Dobby's name, and Sharpies for the other two.

Naturally you should make up back stories for all your elves, too, since that adds to the fun.

For ours, according to John: 

"Dobby decorated the sock that Harry freed him with, of course, but I like to think Winky sobered up after the Battle of Hogwarts and decorated one of her own socks. Kreacher, however, was freed with an old sock Harry found in the basement of Grimmald Place. If you look at it closely, you can just make out the smudged initials R.A.B." 

So there's a lil' big ol' tear-jerker for you hardcore Potter Heads. [sniff]

I'll leave you with a couple more teasers for our Potter Christmas party, happening tomorrow:

ThinkGeek's new Triwizard Tournament Cup lamp! 

We snagged it during their big sale, and I'm calling it my early Christmas present. I've got it set on a small cafe table in the back room, stacked on a copy of Beedle the Bard and Hogwarts: A History. (The lamp is plastic, and the aging is a little sloppy, but wow is it gorgeous lit up.)

Owl vignette with more glowy goodness.

(The potion bottle is also from ThinkGeek, though I added the Ravenclaw Diadem & berries. Now I feel like a commercial. Think ThinkGeek will give me a discount for that? Ha!)
Our Felix Felicis video from Instagram:



And the project we've been spending ENTIRELY too much time on, though I don't regret a second of it:
The boxes turned out great, but as with so many cases, it's what's on the inside that counts. Stay tuned for that - and a full tutorial! -  coming very soon. (EEEEE SO EXCITED)


 Rest assured I'll have plenty more to share next week. But for now, I need to go help John make a truckload of pumpkin pasties. :D Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you have a great weekend!

21 comments:

  1. Wow! Everything looks amazing! Can't wait to see more :D. Good luck on the party tomorrow. Hope you have an awesome time :).

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  2. So, John, we need a video of you (hotly) explaining your devotion to Kreacher, please!

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    1. I'd like to second the motion!
      -Zippy

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  3. I'm so jealous of everyone invited to this party. I know it's going to be amazing!

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  4. Everything looks AMAZING! Can't wait to see the tutorials (and what is in those chocolate frog boxes). Please include the recipes for your food if you can.

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  5. So many awesome ideas! One day I will use them all! Happy Potter Party!!

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  6. Love it all!! But mostly that you are using my book! 😄

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    1. Aha, I was wondering if you'd spot that! It looks PERFECT there.

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  7. Oooh ... I may have to go browse over at ThinkGeek!

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  8. Oh my goodness Jen, I'm dying. This is incredible!!

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  9. I wish I was coming to your party!!!! You guys are so cool! Eagerly awaiting to hear how it goes! Good luck and have a blast!

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  10. This is all so exciting! For christmas last year I made my little brother a bunch of treats from Honeydukes :) those chocolate frog boxes are a pain! I only made two and that was enough for me!

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  11. My son just came running into my study because I saw the boxes and shrieked "YOU MADE THOSE???????????????????" He shrieked as well. We are our own Shrieking Shack.

    Your creativity NEVER ceases to amaze and I would LOVE to hear John's dissertation on the wonder that is Kreacher. ;-)

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  12. I frigging LOVE this post!!! And you. You (both) make me so happy and connected to the
    dis-geek/nerd-verse. I love that you craft and create together. I can not wait to see pics from this party. Thank you so much for letting us into your home and your lives.

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  13. You guys are the best. Can't wait to read more about this awesome party!

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  14. Have fun at your party, remember to give yourselves time to get ready beforehand, and give the cats space to hide if they're not social cats. Give your guests who need a few moments to absorb all the sensory overload a space to hide too. Maybe with the cats.

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    1. Cats will be tucked in our bedroom with food & litter, and guests can take breaks in John's man cave, where we plan to have the movies playing on his big screen, or they can split off into one of a few more secluded one-on-one convo areas. I'm all about safe spaces for my fellow introverts!

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  15. Oh to be a fly on the wall of your house! Can't wait to see all the photo and hear the stories.

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  16. I'm in love with all your decor. You're giving me so many ideas for my future Potter parties. Seeing your awesome Triwizard Cup lamp makes me wish I bought one when I was going to during the sale. You're party's going to be awesome and I can't wait to see the rest of the pics. (Those stupid frog boxes take FOREVER to put together. I have to start cutting and pasting months ahead of time to get them all done with all my other stuff for goodie bags.)

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