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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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11 Adorable Bottle Cap Crafts

So earlier this week we explored some recipes you can make with beer, specifically stout and porters, so now let’s find a use for all those bottle caps that you have lying around the house!

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11 Adorable Bottle Cap Crafts

Make cute coasters for the den or bar with these bottle cap coasters.

19 Easy and Striking DIY Bottle Cap Craft Ideas - Diy Craft Ideas & Gardening

Show off your favorite wedding memories with these bottle cap magnets.

DIY Fridge Magnets Out of Bottle Caps **Using 1

Make adorable French macaron ornaments with bottle caps and glitter.

These are such adorable little DIY French macaron ornaments. Such a great idea and they have SO many uses!

Create an amazing back splash by attaching bottle caps to the wall (this is one of my favorite ideas!).

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…or attach them to a table…

DIY Bottle Cap Table – Your Projects@OBN

You know I love maps!  Show off your favorite places with these bottle cap magnets!

Bottle Cap Magnets  Recycled Atlas/ Map

Turn your favorite quote into a necklace with these bottle cap charms.

DIY book nerd necklaces. Cute upcycled bottle cap craft tutorial

Keep track of your wine glass with these cute bottle cap wine charms.

Create the ultimate poker game with these flattened beer bottle chips.

Beer Bottle Cap Poker Chip Set by TheArtofDrinkingBeer on Etsy, $175.00

Or turn your cap collection into an amazing wind chime.

Bottle Cap wind chime idea

So, you sew?  Try making these little pin holder rings to keep track of all your pins.

Pincushion Ring Tutorial - A bowl full of goodness

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12 Wanderlust-worthy Ways to Decorate with Maps

My husband and I have a map in our living room where we track places we’ve  been in the US.  After a vacation, we put a pin in the cities we traveled to…it’s fun to see our life on a map and is great motivation for checking out places we’ve never been.

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We both love to travel and always bring a map with us when we hit the road because, as my dad always said, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey…and we’re bound to get off course at least a good handful of times (after all, all the best restaurants and breweries are often tucked away off the beaten path!).

If you’re filled with a sense of wanderlust, there’s no better cure than to get out of the house…and these 12 Wanderlust-worthy map decorations might just be the motivation you need!

12 Wanderlust-worthy Ways to Decorate with Maps

Decoupage your favorite places on hexagon cork board pieces or wood and arrange them on your wall.

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Show off vintage maps of far-off places with these embroidery hoop wall hangings.

Fun way to display map art - or any kind of art for that matter :)

Decoupage rocks with your favorite cities or road trip paths.

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Do you have travel on the brain?  Show off your favorite place within your silhouette.

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Create mini globes of your favorite places.

Après avoir passé une petite après-midi au soleil à discuter entre copines de voyager et de nos petits moyens, il m’est venu une idée : comment voyager quand on à pas beaucoup de budget ? Sûr…

Smarten up your bookshelves.

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Where your country on your sleeve…

14 DIYs Using Maps - A Little Craft In Your Day

Show off all your favorite places with this wanderlust wall art.

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Turn an old vintage map into a stunning wreath.

30 Creative Diy Maps Decorations the one in the picture should have a compass in the middle to tie it together

Make lovely coasters with these vintage maps.

Remodelaholic | 20  More Free Printable Vintage Map Images

Decoupage a vintage map over a coffee table.

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Frame pics of you and your buds in your favorite places with these map frames.

Top 10 DIY Map Gifts For Travel Lovers

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12 Crocheted Afghans for Fall

Fall is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to get those hooks ready and start crocheting your cozy and comfy fall afghans!

Great for beginners, crocheted afghans instantly cozy up your home and work best when accompanied with a book and a cup of coffee!

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12 Crocheted Afghans for Fall

Shades of Blue Afghan

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Grey Crocheted Blanket

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Purple and Orange Crocheted Blanket

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Rainbow Blanket

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Brown and White Striped Blanket

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Cozy Afghan

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Cream and Coffee Afghan

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Large Hexagon Afghan

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Granny Square Afghan

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Southwestern Print Afghan

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Teal and Brown Cozy Afghan

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Fall Colors Afghan

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9 Cool Crochet Bags and Purses

If you get bored of crochet projects or love a classic one-skein wonder or stashbuster, than crochet bags are for you.

Often easy to work up in a couple hours or less, crochet bags make shopping at stores and farmer’s markets so much easier.  Clear out your stash by making bags in various colors or just practice the basics with these simple crochet bags for “hookers” of all skill levels!

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Grey and White Winter Clutch

Granny Square Bag

Teddy Bear Coin Purse

Tapestry Bag

Fox Bag

Pineapple Bag

Pizza, Watermelon, and Candy Corn Bags

Farmer’s Market Bags

Slushee Bags

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14 Painted Rock Ideas to Liven Up the World

Let’s face facts…sometimes the world sucks.

There’s no avoiding it…there’s no denying it.  But, there might be something you can do to help spread some cheer throughout the year!

Whether you want to brighten up your garden, your neighborhood, or your community, these painted rocks are sure to bring just a little joy into someone’s life.  Scatter them around your home, in your garden, or spread them around your local park or forest preserve.  A little joke can go a long way, and these painted rocks might just be the motivation your friend or neighbor needs to keep on truckin’!

14 Painted Rock Ideas to Liven Up the World

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  1. Monster Rocks
  2. Weather Rock
  3. Scripted LOVE Rock
  4. Heart Balloons Rock
  5. Not All Who Wander Rock
  6. Inspirational Rocks
  7. Owl Rocks
  8. Rainbow Rocks
  9. Jawa Star Wars Rocks
  10. Cactus Rocks
  11. Minions Rocks
  12. Potted Rocks
  13. Garden Rocks
  14. Gold Rocks

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Felt Patronus Ornaments

Let’s be honest…we’ve all taken the Patronus Quiz on Pottermore, right?  Were ya’ll as bummed with your Patronus as I was?

I mean, I was really excited to find out what my Patronus was, considering my spirit animal is the unicorn (you can find your own here!), but I was slightly disappointed to discover that my Patronus was a cat.

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My disappointment was 2-fold:

  1. What help would cats REALLY be against Dementors? A stag could charge it, a wolf or dog could attack it…but really what would my cat even do?  Scratch out its non-existent eyeballs?  Sit there quietly in judgement?  Chuck hairballs at it?
  2. I’m allergic to cats. I’d be allergic to my own Patronus.

But alas, I stand by the quiz…and I’m sure, somewhere deep, deep down, my Patronus makes perfect sense.

Of course that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming of having a wolf or dog Patronus…and that’s where today’s craft comes in!  Made using sparkling white felt (you could also use clay!), these Patronuses are great for hanging on gifts, on Christmas trees, or throwing at people who get you down!  Expecto your Patronus on their face!!

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To make the animal shapes, I just found animal silhouettes I liked online, then used them as a stencil to cut out my Patronuses.  You can use plain thin felt, but if you can find the thicker cut felt, that’s the best kind for making shapes like this…and sharp scissors…crazy sharp.

Finally, you can use glitter to add a touch of sparkle to your animals, since we all know Patronuses dance in sparkly lights and smoke.  The felt I found had sparkles already on it, so one step down, but you can always add your own sparkles with glitter or sparkle paint.

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To make them into ornaments, just glue a small string to the back of each animal and you’re good to go!

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The perfect gift for any Potter fan, these felt Patronus Ornaments are sure to keep bad thoughts and dreams at bay!

*Sidenote, about halfway through this project, I decided NOT to make ornaments, but something else instead…stay tuned for how I put my Patronus collection to work!

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