DIY Harry Potter Snitch Christmas Tree Ornament
Growing up, my mom made a lot of the Christmas ornaments on our tree. I still have a few of them now that make me wistful when I pull them out of the ornament box to put on the tree. They are simple, made from sewing scraps and bits of baubles, but they mean the world to me now.
While my Harry Potter obsession may not be something my kids carry with them into their golden years, I love that we can sit and make things together and create memories. I wanted to share this one with you!
And yes, I know I’ve missed the prime Christmas season with this, but you can make these up quickly and use to decorate many things … cards, scrapbook pages, t-shirts and more, just by varying the type of materials you use!
How to Make a Harry Potter Snitch Christmas Tree Ornament
Gather these materials to make your Snitch Christmas Tree Ornaments
- Stiff felt pieces – you can choose if you want super stiff, glittery or just the medium thickness. I did it in shades of white and yellow. There is a sparkly variety that would’ve made an excellent Snitch, but it was adhesive backed and I didn’t really want to use that this time.
- Scissors – I use Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors because they are made for small paper crafting – sharp, can get into nooks and are great scissors. Use what you have!
- Pattern – I googled a pattern for snitch wings, saved them to my computer, then printed out a few of them on a single sheet by pasting the image a few times to a Word document. The only thing I would do differently next time is use the tool in Word to stretch the image horizontally just a bit, to make the wings a little wider overall.
- Glue – I would suggest a thick, white crafting glue like Alene’s Tacky Glue. Watery glues just didn’t work. I had to try a few different ones. There are specific felt glues on the market, but I just used the tacky glue in the end after a few hits and misses with the glues we had around the house.
- Bottle cap for tracing circle if you don’t just create one in your printable document.
- String or clear sewing thread or even fishing line.
- Pencil for tracing.
Here is the felt info that I used – I got these from Michaels, but you can get them from any store that carries crafts.
Directions for making Snitch Christmas Tree Ornaments
1. Cut out your pattern pieces (you’ll need twice as many circles as you have wings)
2. Lay them out on felt
3. Trace the images
4. Cut the traced piece out of felt (be sure to clean up any marks left from pencil)
(Note, after the first wing set that I cut out, I began to cut them with a solid edge instead of the scallop from the pattern, then clipped ‘feather’s into the edge to give it more dimension).
5. Glue a circle onto the front and the back of the wing and allow to dry for a time.
6. Flip ornament and glue a circle to the other side.
7. Hold the pieces between your thumbs to allow them to set for a time, then lay them down to dry for a few hours.
7. Cut a piece of string or fishing line or sewing thread long enough to create a loop.
8. Once the snitch ornament is dried, slip string loop between the layers – but DO NOT pull hard as it can separate the layers.
9. Hang on your tree and admire!
Here’s one sitting on our tree right above Ollivander’s Wand Shop -an ornament we picked up from Hallmark this year, but it is also available online.