Thursday, October 20, 2011

Escape from Hogwarts

I took a few minutes early this morning to stamp some very quick Christmas Tags as I am coming up with ideas for the Holiday fair I am doing next month.  Inspiration?  This week's Paper Players Challenge....Christmas in Red and Green!

Thank goodness it is a Clean and SImple Challenge!  I don't have time for much more these days...more on that below....

These were created using the Two Tags die, real red and garden green DSP, Stiched Stocking and the Stocking punch.  Very fun and bright...and very quick!

So, ever wonder what 150 handmade Hogwarts Wands look like??

A local library is having a Hogwarts Halloween experience next weekend for kids (and adults!) and I am on the wand committee.  Actually, my name in the event brochure is head Witch of Wands, while my daughter is the Conjurer or Crafts and Chaos.  So, 300 wands are made...another 150 to go this weekend!  We ordered a custom made stamp of Ollivander's Wand Shoppe and we will be stamping tags for each wand.  I am thinking the tags need to be distressed...but then I remember there are 450 I think...maybe not!

Vicky is painting banners of each of the four schools for the grand hall.  Here are pics of two in progress.

I will definitely post pics when they are done!  If you are interested in more on the event,  especially if you live in Connecticut and would like to go, here is a link to a video our CoChair did for a local news program!


  1. Those are AMAZING wands. Sounds like a fun time.

    Your tags are just terrific. One can never have too many tags. For such a little tag, they really have a lot of fun details. Great job on the challenge. Thank you for playing along with The Paper Players this week!

  2. Love those tags have inspired me to make some! Those wands are so much fun!! Have a fun HP day! Thanks for playing with our CAS Red and Green challenge at the Paper Players!

  3. Oh my gosh...first of all I am mesmorized by those wonderful wands! They will certainly be a big hit, especially with the custom tag. And speaking of tags, these are fabulous! Cute, quick and can't beat that! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  4. I LOVE those tags. They're PERFECT! Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Players!

  5. Oh my gosh, Lauri!! A homemade Harry Potter wizard wand made by a Head Witch of Wands...bestill my librarian heart!! What a fabulous event and your daughter clearly inherited your creative abilities! Wish I live in CT!

    Love your CAS tags--totally adorable and perfect for gift-giving! So glad you could join us at the PP this week!

  6. I love making tags and yours are the perfect CAS design. So cute! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players.

  7. Lauri, you are probably going to gasp and shake your head at me but, I have never read a Harry Potter book or seen a movie. I know, I know...what is WITH that?? This looks like a really cool project you are working on though. 450 wands..holy cow!

    Love your Christmas tags! The embossing is such a great accent, along with that little pop of sparkle. Thanks so much for joining us at the Paper Players this week! :) Hugs!

  8. Wow, Lauri, those wands are incredible! A lot of work indeed but well worth the effort, I'm sure! I love the tags you created as well!

    And I'm ashamed to say it, but I'm another person who has never read any of the HP books or seen the films either. *ducks in embarrassment*

  9. I know this is several years later but I had some questions. How did you make the wands? How long did it take?

    1. Hi Jeff! If you send me your email I can tell you how we made them!

    2. Here is a short list of steps. We made 600 last year and it took a few days

      .I started with a wooden dowel 12"long and 3/8 " in diameter.

      The grip is made from the stretchy medical gauze that adheres to itself.
      We just wrapped it around the dowel as a grip.

      Then we painted them with acrylic paint. This is messy! We had to make 600 so this was quickest. If you are not making too many spray paint works too...but did I say messy???

      Then.....we dribbled hot glue on the tip to. Give it some texture.
      Then .... we dry brushed gold or silver over a bit of the hot glue for color.

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