As I’ve gotten older and wiser in my years, I’ve come to appreciate the story of Harry Potter differently. When I first read it, I loved the friendships and the imaginative writing. I loved the use of allusion and symbolism and had a deep appreciation for the amazing plot development that this series undertakes.
But the more I read it, the more I came to appreciate and relate to other smaller elements of the story…namely, the Dementors.
For those who are unaware, Dementors are ghost-like demons who guard the wizard prison, Azkaban. They are the physical manifestation of author J.K. Rowling’s experience with depression…and they “kill” their victims by literally sucking the joy out of them.
The only way to get rid of a Dementor is to cast a spell (Expecto Patronum!). The spell admits a Patronus, or a silver-like animal guardian that is also symbolic of each witch or wizard.
A few weeks ago, I did a post on how to make your own collection of felt Patronuses, and today I’m FINALLY going to share how I used them!
I decided to create a Patronus Wreath to keep bad thoughts at bay. I’m hoping it acts like a Dream Catcher…protecting my safe space and removing the negative and bad thoughts that every so often crowd my mind.
This wreath was made with a bunch of Christmas items that I got on sale last year, so shop the clearance section and see what you can find!
- Felt Patronuses (see how to make these here)
- Gold stick wreath (if you can’t find a gold stick wreath, you can spray paint a regular stick wreath with gold glitter spray)
- Various gold ribbons
- Chipboard star ornament
- Paint colors of your choice (I used black and purple)
- Gold letter stickers
- Mod Podge
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- If your wreath needs to be spray painted, do that first. If it’s already gold and glittery, let’s get started!
- Cut out your patronuses. You can find the tutorial for them here.
- Wrap your wreath with various gold ribbons. The ribbons I used came in a set, so they worked together, but use whatever you’d like to add various texture to the wreath. You could even add color ribbons if you want. You can tie the ribbons or use the hot glue gun to secure them.
- Paint your star chipboard ornament however you’d like. I wanted a galaxy print to add some color, but you could paint it gold with glitter or just leave it as is. Place “Expecto Patronum!” stickers on star; secure with thin layer of Mod Podge, if needed.
- Arrange your star and felt patronuses around the wreath. Secure with hot glue. Hang it on your door to keep away the bad thoughts!
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