Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Harry Potter inspired Christmas tree skirt

One of my failed goals this Christmas season was to make a Harry Potter Christmas tree.  I bought everything to do it, but just never go to actually doing it.  But what I did finish was this tree skirt, and honestly, it kinda made my whole holiday!  

My intention was to only make a small one for the small tree I bought to be my Harry Potter tree, but instead, I decided to try making one for my main tree first.  I mean, why make one small one when you can make one large one and then a small one!

A white sheet
A black Sharpie
a stock pot
a stamp kit from Silhouette

The first thing I did was take an old white sheet and lay it out on the floor.  I cut a big circle out of it using my old tree skirt as a very rough stencil.  When it was cut, I then cut into the center of the circle and then cut another small circle from the middle so it would fit around my tree base.    After it was cut, I brewed some tea in a stock pot.  I used probably a gallon of water with 6 bags of tea.  When the water was boiled and the tea had steeped, I crumpled up my white fabric into a ball and shoved it into the stock pot and let it sit for 45 minutes. 

While that was soaking, I went to my Silhouette and using the stamp starter kit, I cut out some shoe prints.

After the sheet was done soaking, I ran it through the washer on a rinse cycle.  And then I dried it. This is how it came out, which to me, looked like a well worn piece of parchment.

To write out the map, I searched out some fan fiction pictures of the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter.  My map is kinda a mixture of 4 or 5 maps I found on Google.  Mainly I wanted to make sure I listed the main subjects but I didn't include the dormitories since they are all on different levels of Hogwarts.  I mean, technically the classrooms are as well, but it made sense for them to show all on the same level for my tree skirt.

When all was said and done, here was my final result.

Last but not least, when I was done writing out the map, I used the foot print stamp that I made to make the trails of people in the castle!  I have a few of the characters listed including Harry, Ron and Snape.  I will probably add Hermione to the library too.  

I have to say, I have pretty much geeked out at this tree skirt.  I show everyone that comes over how awesome it is and I can't stop looking at it.  I really should just make myself a blanket like this.  Oh wait, there is a great idea!  A Maraurder's map blanket!!!

So, have you geeked out lately?


  1. This is amazing!

  2. I love it Randi!! It's so fantastic. I think I need to make one for my SIL!

  3. What size sheet did you use?

    1. I used a queen sized sheet, but you could easily do it with a twin. It's just what I had laying around.

    2. Do you have any idea how freakin genius this is??????

  4. Hello!!! Your post inspired me to make my own Marauder's map tree skirt :) I am new to blogging - creating a craft blog for friends and family; and one of my first posts will be about my Harry Potter Christmas tree. I plan to link your post as my inspiration piece! Hope you get a chance to check it out!


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