Friday, 14 September 2012

Harry Potter Wall Hanging - looong post :P

Evening all :)

I'm fairly broke at the moment (mainly due to my addictive craft shopping habit :-/) and it was my friend Saoirse's birthday this week, so I decided to make her a gift instead. I really like how it turned out, and it's suitable for both genders too - I may be making more of these as presents for other friends who would appreciate this :)

We're both Harry Potter nuts, completely obsessed, so with the help of the adorably cute Bugaboo's Har Repotter image range and a couple of extras, I decided to make her a Harry Potter wall hanging with quotes from the books. She cried when I gave it to her, so I think she liked it :) The books are really special to both of us, so it was fun but very, very emotional making this. My best friend since birth, Tara, was killed in a terrorist attack the day the sixth book in the series - Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - was released, and I can honestly say if it wasn't for these books, I wouldn't have survived the heartbreak. I was so engrossed in reading the book that day, that I didn't hear the entire room I was in talking about the tragedy, so thanks again to Harry Potter, my parents were able to get me home, sit me down and tell me themselves... So for so many reasons, I'm thankful to Harry Potter and the magic that got me through the darkest days of my life. I can't believe it's been over seven years since that day, it still seems like yesterday... So here it is, I hope you like it. Picture-heavy post, sorry if it's too long for you guys - and Harry Potter mad!

So here's the hanging as it looks in its entirety, it's over a metre long. I got a length of 1" black ribbon, cut out 9 scalloped circles, and got to work. It took soooo long to make this!!! All the quotes I typed out and printed off in as magical a font I could find haha :) I tried to put the quotes with characters that either said them, or that they applied to or suited. As I said above, most of the images are from Bugaboo and I coloured them with Promarkers and added copious amounts of Stickles and Glossy Accents.

For the top, I looped some ribbon over and glued it at the back so it'll hang up. I put another circle over the ribbon on the back of each segment to reinforce it. I put the bow on so it'll look pretty! The crest I printed off the internet, the swirl is Marianne Designs and the pearls are from Ribbon Girl.

This is my ultimate favourite quote from the books...pretty much should just be quoted ad nauseum to anyone who carries stigma against anyone with mental health issues until they realise that they exist and even though may have no obvious phsyical symptoms, are still real. Red and gold for Gryffindor - my house on Pottermore :) the gems are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the stars from my stash. 

The paper is from Papermania capsule collection.

The jute is from Ribbon Girl, the papers are from a Papermania pack.

I got the sparkly paper in a local craft shop and embossed it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I got the wooden stars in my local bookshop. The black jute is from Ribbon Girl.

The buttons and string are from Ribbon Girl. The flowery paper I debossed using an Impressability sheet and inked over then with brown ink.

I punched the butterflies with a MS punch. The silver paper is from stash, the green from a Papermania capsule pack. Gems from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I printed everything off the computer on this one, and the gems are Wild Orchid Crafts.

And the whole way through making this post, Scraps the cat has been lying on the laptop, gnawing on, treading her claws in and licking my arm for attention. Awwwww.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Do You Stack Up - Kraft and Twine (third pic from the bottom)
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Hero - JK Rowling, and Harry Potter
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog - Movies Harry Potter obviously! :)
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Blast from the past  (challenge 108 - lots of texture)

Thanks for looking :)
Tags xx


  1. This is so amazing, I can't believe the work you've put into this! Such a great gift!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Your Passion this week! :)

  2. WOW - what a cool project - so many great details. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  3. oh wow this is a priceless gift ... so much time and love has been put into it .. she will love it and treasure it i am sure . A fabulous design
    Thanks for joining us at Diva's this week
    Lisa x

  4. it's awesome, thank you for playing with us at Stamptacular Sunday this week, hugs, martina

  5. Fabulous and so original, Im sure your friend loved it. Thanks for joining us at CFM, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxx

  6. it's a fantastic hanging Tanya - no wonder she loved it! and means so much. We often need to find some 'therapy' to help us deal with things - as I'm a bit older than you (lol!) mine was (and still is) Lord of the Rings! I lost my dad when I was young - and escaping into that world was a release. So I totally understand where you're coming from.
    Hugs - Kim x

  7. Are you okay with the word amazeballs? Because that's what this is. Thanks for joining Craft Your Passion this week!

  8. Love your tribute to JK Rowling and what a wonderful gift idea. Fabulous details and stamps and beautiful colouring too. Love your layouts on each piece too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  9. Oh! You are a lovely person to have as a friend!
    FABulous gift...FABulous details.
    LOve it.

  10. This is absolutely brilliant! I LOVE IT!!! Your friend is very lucky to have a friend like you!
    Have a good week.
    Lorraine x

  11. Wow such an amazing creation - being a Harry Potter fan too, I LOVE it. So much detail and the quotes are such a brilliant addition.
    Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week xx

  12. wow this is absolutely fantastic tags.such a special and unique gift and those quotes really are beautiful.i love the harry potter books too and the films.have got all my books ready for my son to read when he wants to.

    xx coops xx

  13. OMG tags this is just amazing - no wonder your friend was happy - its incredible and I probably wouldn't have been able to part with it!

    I'm so sorry I haven't been to see you for a while - my internet has been poorly.

    Thank you for leaving me some lovely comments.

    Have a great weekend.

    Take care


    Hazel xx

  14. Great creation for our challenge this week.

    Thanks for joining us at Cards for Men.


  15. That's such a cool homemade prezzie for your friend - I'm sure they will be over the moon with this! Thanks so much for joining us at DYSU this week!

  16. A totally brilliant creation, I bet she loves it!
    Helen x

  17. Hi Tags, wow that certainly shows how much hard work went into it - it's fab! I'm sure she will treasure it for a long time.

    I know what it's like to spend all your budget on crafty stuff, an addictive hobby this isn't it!!!


  18. This is an absolute treasure. Every piece a work of art and obviously made with great love. I am very sorry to hear of your loss of a cherished friend and I hope your wonderful memories bring you strength. Thank you for sharing your divine creation. Hugs and Happy Crafting <3-Kim

  19. HI sweetie, this is just gorgeous so love the colours too, big hugs love Pops x x x

  20. Just awesome Tags, so inspirational.

    B x

  21. WOW! This is spectacular! What a wonderful design...a labor of love. Thank you so much for joining us at DYSU this week!

  22. WOW Tanya, your wall hanging is amazing.. well done, your friend will love it I'm sure.
    Love Dianexx

  23. This Tanya is brilliant l'm going to send the link to my DIL and she can see how beautiful it is and maybe get some ideas to make her mum one like you have done here xx


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