Hello again! Today I am sharing with you another fun and easy Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree ornament. This ornament features the wanted posters used in the movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
This ornament takes only a few steps. I began by making the wanted poster. I found a 28″ high by 22″ long white foam board at Hobby Lobby and cut a rectangle in the center of about 16 inches high by 10 inches long. **Be sure to leave 8-10 inches at the top for the lettering.** Cut a “frame” for the rectangle by cutting a piece of black poster board and gluing it around the opening.
Hobby Lobby also had these stickers by mambiSTICKS. I bought these letters and wrote out the caption Have You Seen This Wizard? at the top. I had to get creative for the question mark. You can take an “S” sticker and cut it to make the top portion and then simply cut a black round circle for the bottom.
Here’s the front of the finished poster:
Here’s the back. I taped two yard sticks using painters tape to the back. When photographing the wanted “prisoners”, I had one person lay on the ground and hold the two yard sticks to the height of the person I was photographing.
(I do realize that you could download a picture of the poster online or make your own using PicMonkey or Shutterfly and insert a person’s photo into the premade poster, but if you’re not tech savvy, the poster is easy to make and doesn’t cost much.)
I found a great printable on the website Lovely Planner with free Harry Potter Printables and was able to print the prisoner sign and number. I mounted this on that extra piece of foam board I cut out of the large sign. The great part about the free printable is that they provide additional numbers. I cut those out in squares and used clear tape on their backs to switch out the numbers for each different prisoner.
I have all of my nieces and nephews over the week of Thanksgiving each year for an ornament making party. This year before we started, I took pictures of each of them with the poster and sign. They loved making faces and posing for me!
Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how everything works during the photo shoot…and a few things you should do: 1) Photograph in a well-lit area 2) Make sure the sign is level 3) The subject should be as close to the sign as possible and make sure there are no shadows from the sign falling on them 4) The prisoner number sign should be held level and as close to their face as possible 5) Get all of the words of the sign in the photo…been there, done that
I’m showing you this photo of Trevor during his photo shoot that I took without zooming in so you could see the yard sticks that were being held up underneath. He wasn’t close enough to the sign and there are shadows over his shoulder.
Here’s the finished product after I changed it into Sepia tone…
You can choose what size you want to print the finished photos to place on your tree. Mine are about 2-3 inches tall. Like I said above, I changed the photos to a sepia tone and printed them on white paper. I did use a thicker paper than standard copier paper but didn’t spend the money on card stock.
Here’s my mugshot. I was going for the crazy-eyed Bellatrix Lastrange look. Mission accomplished.
I chose to not punch a hole in the ornaments to hang them just to keep it looking more like a real wanted poster. I took a piece of twine and hot glued it to the back so that the ornament could be hung on the tree without the hanger showing.
Here are some photos of the finished products hanging on my Harry Potter tree from last year.
Yes…that photo above is of my Donnie. He’s not as big of a fan of Harry Potter as I am nor does he enjoy walking upwards of nine Christmas trees up from the basement every year, but he was definitely a good sport and posed for me.
So we’ve got two ornaments down and more to go. Stay tuned!
Thank you so much for dropping by again today and participating in all of my madness!
May you have a blessed day,