My Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Wall Art is finally complete! I’ve been working on it on and off for the past few weeks to hang on my door for Halloween. I’m using five embroidery hoops to capture the scenes from when Harry, Ron, and Hermione go down the trap door to stop the Sorcerer’s Stone from being stolen. I’ve also included text from the book as a background. In this post, I’ll be going through how to create each embroidery hoop, except for the Flying Keys one, which I had already posted here. Some of the hoops have more steps than others, but it’s mostly the iron-on, then a lot of gluing, so it doesn’t seem as complicated as it actually is.
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Wall Art
Supplies (for all hoops)
- 8-inch embroidery hoop
- Fabric (I used drop cloth)
- Printable Iron-On Transfer Paper
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Text Printables
- Iron and ironing board
- Hot glue
For Fluffy the 3-Headed Dog
- Three paper mache dogs
- Craft knife
- Masking tape
- Black or dark brown paint
- Paint brush
- Black ribbon
- Stick-on spikes
- Round wood circle
- Red marker
- Metallic gold marker
- Wood stick (such as a paint stirrer)
For Devil’s Snare
- Plastic black branches
For Flying Keys
- See this post for full supply list
For Wizard’s Chess
For The Sorcerer’s Stone
- Plastic craft mirror
- Gold paper
- Scallop edge punch
- Wood piece such as a stirring stick
- Wood peg person
- Purple, brown, and black felt
- Plastic faceted oval-ish bead or stone
- Red paint (if you need to paint the stone) and paint brush
For all embroidery hoops: Print out the Sorcerer’s Stone text first onto plain paper (to practice positioning on your embroidery hoops), then print the REVERSE text onto printable iron-on transfer paper.
Fluffy the 3-headed dog: Start out with your three paper mache dogs.
Using a craft knife, carefully cut off the heads of two dogs, at an angle (the angles should be opposite of each other). Then cut off the back of the 3rd dog, keeping his front paws. Cut the 3rd dog as flat as possible, as this will be what will be glued to the embroidery hoop. Sorry, doggies!
Now position the two heads onto the middle dog (i.e. the one with the legs). Use masking tape to secure the two heads. It may take a few tries, just keep repositioning the heads until it looks right. If you wrap the masking tape evenly across the back, this will help the back have a flat surface for gluing later.
Lay Fluffy down on a flat surface to see if he will stand on his back without flopping to the back or front or sides. Then, you’re ready to paint. Paint the entire surface with black or dark brown paint. Allow to dry.
I made collars for Fluffy, two with spikes and one with a tag. I used a black ribbon and some stick-on spikes for those collars. Then, I thought I’d make a fun tag for Fluffy, using a small wood circle, red marker, and metallic marker for the lettering.
I wanted to place my text above and below Fluffy so I cut out the lines positioned them onto the fabric, with the embroidery hoop as my guide, leaving about a 2-inch gap in the middle. First I practiced with my front-facing text printed on regular paper to practice, then I took my reversed text on iron-on paper and placed them face down onto my fabric. Then I ironed the transfer paper down and lifted up the backing to expose the text, and placed the fabric inside an embroidery hoop.
Now to glue Fluffy onto the embroidery hoop. Since Fluffy is heavy, we need to give him some support, so I glued a paint stirring stick to the back of the fabric.
Then, applied a lot of hot glue onto the back of Fluffy and pressed him down, on top of the fabric and the stick. Allow to set really well before you pick up the embroidery hoop.
Oh and my favorite part – the drool! I took my hot glue gun and squirted a line of glue onto a silicone pad, and allowed it to set completely.
Then I peeled it off carefully, and glued it to one of the dog heads. And that’s how you make DIY dog drool!
Devil’s Snare: To set up my Devil’s Snare embroidery hoop, I printed out the text onto regular paper and set it in the middle of my embroidery hoop. Then I took plastic black branches (they’re from a long Halloween garland) and arranged them around the hoop. After I was happy with the look, I replaced the regular paper with the iron-on paper with the reversed text and placed it face down on the fabric and ironed it on. Then I placed the fabric into the embroidery hoop. Finally, I used hot glue to attach the black branches. This one was a quick one.
Flying Keys: The full tutorial is available here, but I did make one addition to my Flying Keys embroidery hoop, which was the text. So you’ll position your winged keys without gluing them first, then add in your text. Remove the keys, and iron on the text, and then you’ll glue on the keys.
Wizard’s Chess: Print out the text and chess board and trim the chess board so it covers the lower half of the embroidery hoop (print on regular paper first to practice).
Then after you iron on the chess board and text, glue the knight and queen onto the board, so the knight is lying down and the queen is standing up. On the back, glue a wood piece, such as a stirring stick, to the back to stabilize the queen as she might flop forward. This was an easy one too.
The Sorcerer’s Stone: First we’ll make Professor Quirrell. Cut a 12-inch piece of purple felt and fold it in half. Glue the middle of the strip to the top of the peg person’s head. Also cut out a triangular piece of brown felt wit hone angle cut in a curve for the neck. Then cut a rectangular piece of black felt with a V cut in the top for the neck.
Criss-cross the strip in the back, hot gluing it down as you go. Wrap it in the front, and then criss cross again. Leave the ends loose. Glue the brown triangle to the back as his robe.
And glue the black rectangle to the front as his clothing. No n-n-n-naked Professor Quirrells, please.
Now for the Mirror of Erised. I used a plastic mirror that you can cut with scissors. Then I cut out two strips of metallic gold paper and cut the edges with a scallop edge punch. I cut a half circle and cut the straight edge with the scallop punch as well. Arrange your iron-ons along with your mirror pieces, and when you’re happy, remove everything but the iron-ons and iron them on. Then I hot glued the mirror to the embroidery hoop so the bottom edge was close to the bottom of the embroidery hoop. I glued the side edges first, then the top. I also glued on a wood piece so Professor Quirrel could stand on something. For the actual Sorcerer’s Stone, I painted a plastic faceted bead red.
Then I glued it to the mirror. I glued Professor Quirrell slightly to the side but he was still looking into the mirror.
The last step is to string all of the hoops together. I lined up all of the hoops in the order they appear in the book (note: yes, I skipped the potions step that did not appear in the movie). Then I cut a length of twine two times as long as all of the hoops, plus about 12 inches. Then starting at the bottom, I tied them all together with the twine going behind the hoops. I tied a loop at the top for hanging. I also hot glued the bottom edge of the hoops to the twine so they wouldn’t flap around so much.
Phew…all finished with my Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Wall Art. I’ll be displaying this on my door for Halloween, but I’ll definitely keep this up somewhere in the house all year. I love the 3D elements in each hoop and I love the background text as well. And Professor Quirrell cracks me up. But my favorite has got to be Fluffy.
Can’t wait to show you the rest of my Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone Halloween Porch!
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