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Clever suggestions and tips on how to decorate your home.

Patronus Wreath

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.

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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!

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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!

Patronus Wreath

Materials:

  • 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)
  • Paintbrush
  • Gold letter stickers
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions:

  1. If your wreath needs to be spray painted, do that first. If it’s already gold and glittery, let’s get started!
  2. Cut out your patronuses. You can find the tutorial for them here.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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  5. 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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Celebrate creativity every Wednesday with a “Creativi-bee” post, where I share easy craft tutorials, project ideas, and craft collections.

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Perler Bead Birds

Want to make a great thing better?  Put a bird on it!

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These cute little perler bead birds are a fun way to dress up windows, gifts, or even Christmas trees!  Use the included bird pattern to make birds in every color of the rainbow.

Perler Bead Birds

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Materials:

  • Perler Bead Bird Pattern (I included birds of all colors here, so pic your fave!)
  • Perler Beads
  • Perler Bead Grid
  • Parchment Paper
  • Iron

Instructions:

  1. Using the bird pattern, plot out your bird on the grid.
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  2. Cover beads with parchment paper.
  3. Run hot iron over parchment paper.  Once beads have melted, place under heavy book so piece can cool flat.
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  4. Once cooled, hang in your window and enjoy!

 

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4 Clever Ways to Update Your Nursery

Here are some super cute ways to add color and style to your nursery…and you can probably find most of these things in your attic, junk drawer, or craft box.

Sweet Hot Air Balloons:

Knitted hot air balloons

These precious hot air balloons are great for a nursery.  You can knit your own circular pattern or create a paper mache balloon and cover it with a colorful sock or the sleeve of a sweater.  Add some colorful buttons at the base and you’ve got a hot air balloon.

Family Tree:

Visual Family Tree

I love this idea.  You can create a tree on your wall by following a stencil or you can purchase a wall sticker of a tree at various online web shops.  Search around your house and find various frames of different colors, sizes, and shapes and collect pictures of your family to hang on your tree.  This is a stunning and sweet art piece for any room in your house.

Pimp That Crib!

Crib Desk!

Just because baby is ready for a big kid bed doesn’t mean you have to toss the crib on the curb.  Detach one of the sides of the crib and either paint the base with chalkboard paint or install a desk top surface and you’ve got a fun arts and crafts center!

G.I. Joe to the Rescue:

G.I. Joe Bookshelf

Okay, I admit that this is kind of morbid, but I love this idea!  All you need after a slight G.I. Joe operation is some hot glue.  Glue the two halves of the doll to the top and bottom of a bookshelf and voila!  A guarantee that those books aren’t going anywhere.

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Outdoor Scrabble Board

Everyone loves a good Scrabble game…so why not increase the fun by increasing the size?

A tiled porch floor (or kitchen floor if the weather is nasty) can double as an awesome Scrabble board.  Simply block off a 15 x 15 block square and you’re ready to go.  You can make letter tiles out of ceramic squares, wooden blocks, or discarded baseboard trim.  The letters can be stenciled, spray painted, glued, painted, stickered, or decoupaged on the letter squares.

As for the letter tray, try a spice rack from IKEA or a picture shelf.  Once you have your game assembled, get ready for a game of epic proportions!

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