Daughter and her cousin enjoyed the Harry Potter party last year so much they requested to have one again this year. Yay! Hogwarts 2nd year it is! We have a lot of planning and crafting to do before November! We've got games and many many new creatures and objects to recreate. Here is one project that is probably my favorite so far.
Bean Bag Garden Gnomes!
We made a total of eight gnomes for a "De-gnoming the Garden" bean bag toss game. There is one large 12' tall one and seven smaller 10" ones. Four with and three without acrylic eyes that I started putting on them before realizing they will most likely get scratched up when tossed.
Students (Players) will have to hunt down a gnome; tag it; and toss it over a fence (maybe into hoops) for a possible combined Herbology/Care of Magical Creatures Class. We may have two different versions of the game. One on timing and one for accuracy that will earn house points. Students will get extra points for finding the largest gnome ("Arthur") Yes, we decided to name them all after the Weasleys since they are the ones that introduced de-gnoming to us at the Burrow in the "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets".
Arthur and Bill
Charlie and Percy
Ron and and the smallest one, Ginny (Didn't get good close ups of Fred and George.)
I tried to alter the pattern to appear more like the gnome illustration in the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" book. About 10" tall with a potato-shaped head. Couldn't figure out how to make hairy or horned feet, yet. :)
While we were getting the pattern figured out, we made a couple prototypes. Not knowing what else to do with them, we decided to paint them as golden gnome angels for our Christmas tree. (Fred and George painted a gnome that bit one of them in "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" book.)
Looks like Fred getting ready to sneak back into the garden! Bad gnome! :)
Working on some Witch BOO'ts that I hope to have listed on Etsy this week. Just finishing up some details and the poems for them. I'll post when they are available.
UPDATE: You can now have gnomes of your own from my Etsy store (mieljolie).
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