Hello friends! Christmas time is upon us and the excitement of another holiday to spend with family and friends is here. It is also one of my favorite times for cooking, decorating and crafting!
Today I am revealing my 2019 Harry Potter Christmas Tree!
This will be the second year I have had my HP tree and I have some changes to show you! The obvious change is that I swapped out the skinny green tree from 2018 and have replaced it with a fuller flocked tree. This is the first Christmas tree that I’ve ever ordered online. I am old-school where you have to look, touch and smell a product before buying. This tree came from Wayfair and I am totally happy with it! You can check it out HERE.
Another fantastic addition to the Harry Potter tree is the tree skirt. Last year, Mary decided that we should have a tree skirt that looked like articles from the Daily Prophet. I thought it was a good idea but it seemed to be a huge project for something that I was going to cover about 90% of. We had thought of using stencils of ” newspaper articles” made with a Cricut onto a piece of beige cotton fabric. We later decided to cut out black vinyl articles printed from a Cricut and stick them on the fabric. I had asked a friend to print out the labels and sent a few sample articles I had downloaded. She messaged me that she had found actual fabric exactly like I had envisioned…at Michaels! (Thank you Cheyanne!) Here’s a link where I ordered mine: Harry Potter Daily Prophet fabric. I ordered 2 yards and may try to use the leftover fabric for a future project.
I bought the burgundy fabric for the trim and back of the tree skirt from Walmart. The Simplicity pattern came from Hobby Lobby. I own a sewing machine but cannot sew well. My mom was kind enough to make the tree skirt for me. Thanks, mom!
I got these little cauldrons from Amazon and filled them with batting to give them the feeling of smoke rising.
Another Amazon purchase was a pack of remote-controlled candles. They come with different flicker settings so there is movement in the flame. These worked perfectly and add a little extra sparkle to the tree.
I made a framed quote, “Swish and Flick” to sit on the desk beside the tree and sat Ron Weasley’s wand beside it. I know it’s not much, but it makes me smile every time I see it.
Last year, I folded some fur over a cereal box to make a monster book. This year, I painted the cereal box white on the end, used stick-ums (like 2-sided tape) to attach the fur to the box and added eyes. The felt teeth and tongue are from last year. I think he’s cute! (and easy, and cheap!)
Here’s a few more close ups of all of the ornaments.
Mary made the potions bottles last year and since they’re made with Quick Water Resin there is no leaking or discoloration. We tried several ways to make these last year and most leaked or settled quickly. I will share how these were made in another post.
I hope you like the improvements for 2019. What’s so fun is coming up with a theme for a Christmas tree and taking the time to “tweek” it through the years to make it your own. This tree has been a goal of mine for years and I have several ideas I’d still like to try. For now, this is my favorite tree in the house!
To all of you wizards and muggles, Merry Christmas!
Until next time,