DIY: Simple Golden Snitch Baubles

For those of you celebrating Christmas the clock is swiftly counting down to the big day, but even so you might feel that you could do with getting a little more in the festive spirit, or perhaps that for some reason you can’t quite put your finger on, this year you’re sure your tree doesn’t look as good as other years. Maybe, contrary to both of those things, you are bursting with Christmassy excitement and dying to fit in one last festive craft project before Christmas truly arrives. Well, either way, I’ve got you covered. Why? Because it’s time, my little wizards, for us to learn how to make Golden Snitch Baubles.

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The great news is that it’s super easy and also inexpensive, and it would also make for a great last minute gift idea for your Harry Potter loving friend who already has all the merch you can think of.

What you’ll need: 

  • Small gold baubles
  • Small slim white feathers (I used white Goose feathers)
  • Silver paint or silver spray paint (and possibly gold paint, read below before deciding)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Newspaper or a craft table cloth

    What you’ll need

I got my baubles and silver spraypaint from Poundland for £1 each, my feathers from eBay for £2.48 for 100, and I got my glue gun from Hobbycraft forever ago for £5. Of course, if you can get your hands on feathers that are already silver that takes out a couple of steps for you right from the start. I only made 7 Snitches so they could be feature baubles on our tree (and, you know, because 7 is the most magically powerful number) but I had plenty of supplies left over to pass on to my sister so she could get her Potter loving children making as well.

Fun fact: In Danish translations, the Golden Snitch is called Det Gyldne Lyn, which means The Golden Lightning.

These baubles are very simple versions of the Golden Snitch, compared to the movie version which features engravings and embossments on the golden body of the snitch. If you wish to get that intricate with your Snitches you can use your glue gun to make fine lines of decoration on the snitch before you attach the wings, but doing so will mean you also have to buy gold paint to paint over the glue lines so that they match the golden bauble.

Step by Step guide: 

  1. Pick out your feathers to create similarly sized pairs for the number of Snitches you’d like to make.
  2. Cut the feathers to create a more angular wing-like shape.

    Cutting the feathers into wings

  3. Lay down newspaper in a well ventilated area and spray paint your feathers on both sides, leaving them to dry carefully so they don’t get stuck to the newspaper or have their colour rubbed off on the side facing down. (I propped mine against the prominent crease of the paper, but you could also stick the ends into blobs of Blu Tack or polystyrene blocks.)

    Paint the wings silver

  4. Mark where you want your wings to sit on either side of the bauble with a small dot by pen.
  5. Cut the feathers to be shorter if they’re too long for the proportions of your chosen baubles.
  6. Using your glue gun carefully, pipe glue onto one of your dot markings and insert the hard quill end of the feather into the glue. Hold in place until the glue sets.
  7. Repeat on the other side.
  8. Set your Golden Snitch aside carefully to dry.
  9. If you’ve used a noticeable amount of glue to attach the wings, you can cover the glue with gold paint if needed. Mine weren’t noticeable when hung on the tree so I didn’t bother.

And there we have it! Your tree can now be witchy and Snitchy, something I’ve been meaning to do for a couple of Christmases already. If you don’t have time to fit in making these before Christmas you can keep an eye out in the January sales for the golden baubles needed to make them for next year, as all decorations will be on sale super cheap once Christmas is over.

Do you have any holiday decorations, handmade or otherwise, that rep your favourite fandom(s)? I’d love to hear about your festive fandom features in the comments 🙂

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DIY Project: Alika Peplum Blouse [Tatyana]

I don’t wear a lot of trousers or pencil skirts. I’ll be honest, as body positive as I am, I still find it hard not to feel self-conscious of my stomach in tight fitting clothing. It saddens me sometimes that I force myself to overlook dresses, skirts or trousers I want because I know I won’t have the confidence to rock them as consistently as I would need to in order to justify the purchase.

However, it’s just not practical to live all of one’s life in a swing dress. Sometimes pants are required. Sometimes a pencil skirt is just much more appropriate and attractive. And for those occasions I found the perfect solution: the Alika top by Tatyana.

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Ivory Alika Blouse by Tatyana

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How to Sew a Circle Skirt [Guest Blogger Louise of TheLittleThingsInLife]

I’m a pathetic sewer who has always meant to learn what to do properly, so I’m thrilled today to bring you a guest blog from Louise of thelittlethingsinlife.me.uk who’s going to walk you through the steps to making your own circle skirts.

Circle skirts always seem to add a touch of class. They are undoubtedly one of the most effective pieces of clothing and they are pretty easy to make as well. Moving on to the pattern, it will require a little bit of maths but nothing too scary!

Circumference = the entire distance around a circle (in this case, your waist length, plus 2 inches)

Radius = the distance from the centre of the circle to the outside of the circle
pi = 3.14 (approximately)

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DIY Project: Sundae Shoes

If you’ve never seen or heard of the Shoe Bakery, it’s a shoe company that makes cake and ice cream inspired shoes in both heels and flats. From Cinnabon heels to Red Velvet wedges, mint chocolate ice cream and waffle cone flats to sprinkle toed children’s shoes, the company offers an inspiring, gorgeous and downright delectable array of fondant footwear.

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DIY Project: Cinderella Shoes

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A while back I saw two pairs of clear sandals being sold on Pinup Girl Clothing, then became aware soon afterwards that Miss L Fire sell Cinderella style shoes in 4 different shades–for £94.99. Dita Von Teese visited Italy and Instagrammed pictures of her perfect newly acquired Dolce & Gabbana Cinderella heels, and a little search online turned up news I had missed that Louboutin made an elaborate pair of Cinderella heels too. The Dolce & Gabbana pair were, of course, exactly what I would want in a dream life where I had the kind of money to drop thousands on what I wear on my feet, which I obviously don’t. I didn’t really like the Miss L Fire heels enough to be willing to part for the near £100 for those either, as they weren’t close enough to the styles I was picturing in my head and swooning over. The Pinup Girl Clothing offered pairs (clear and slightly bedazzled) were closest to what I wanted, as well as my budget, but the clear pair was out of stock at the time and the slightly bedazzled Belle pair still were not quite right. So the usual thought occurred to me: is it possible for me to actually create the precise thing I am picturing? And the answer was yes. Continue reading

DIY Project: Dita Von Teese Inspired Cardigan

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The collaboration between Wheels & Dollbaby and Dita Von Teese has to be the most beautiful piece to grace the category of knitwear of all time. Featuring a peter pan collar, embroided flowers, velvet buttons, pretty pleated contrast satin ribbon trim and a sexy yet classy keyhole, it is beauty unto itself. Which makes it kind of a shame that at £120 it is well out of the budget of your average girl looking to buy a cardigan. I’ve coveted the original blush and black colourway for a long time, and have a lipstick red look-alike blouse that I ordered off eBay forever ago and have since grown to feel dissatisfied with not merely because the craftsmanship is so shoddy that I lose a button everytime I leave the house but also because I’ve grown to feel very uncomfortable with just how blatant a rip-off the design is of the original. But I still can’t afford to justify spending £120 on one cardigan. That’s crazy money for a sweater. It would pain me to figure out how many hours I’d have to work to spend it on that alone.

And yet.

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How To: Make Your Own Body Scrub

There’s nothing like a body scrub to keep your skin smooth and soft. There also the added bonus in exfoliating that it helps to keep your carefully shaved/plucked/waxed body parts from developing annoying little ingrown hairs. That said, if you’re a fan of liberally applying your scrub to buff away then getting through a jar can be quick work–and can start adding up

My personal favourite kinds of body scrub are sugar scrubs, so imagine my delight when I realised I could make a great big pot of it for pence, compared to the £5 and up a jar it costs in store.

It’s incredibly easy and takes only a couple of minutes, and you can make your scrub as basic of luxurious as you want

Starting out you will of course need a bag of sugar; I use caster. For the oil you can either use baby oil or olive oil. Finally, for a basic pot, you will actually need a pot. You can either buy a regular twist top jam jar or a fancier lever-seal top jar, both of which will be available online or at your local homeward store, if not your local super market. If you want to get really thrifty, you can reuse any large pots you might have emptied from your beauty store in the past, whether a large moisturiser pot, intensive condition pot, or maybe the container from the last scrub you emptied. As long as it’s big enough to hold enough scrub for several applications and seals securely, you’re good to go. Continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide To: Bedazzling

Whether you want to bedazzle a pair of shoes, a phone case or a headband, you’re going to need the same materials and the same methodology. Hopefully by the end of this post you’ll know what you need to know in order to get gluing and glittering all over town. Let’s get to it.

What you’ll need:
Glue, specifically made for bedazzling. I use GemTac, but you can also use E6000 (which must be used in a well ventilated area and preferably while wearing a mask, as there’s links to cancer with this glue. Part of why I prefer GemTac.)
– A gem picker/jewel setter. Typically a wax end picker, as pictured below at the bottom of the equipment image, but I prefer to use a pencil picker, as pictured at the top.
Your shoes or accessory of choice, clean and dry.
Flat backed crystals, obviously. 

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