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« on: March 21, 2013 08:14:45 AM »

I made this for MamanTattoo for the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing Swap. She had something similar pinned, and I knew I wanted to give it a try. I "Potterized" it by making it a Whomping Willow Stump for the swap. I'm ridiculously proud of the end result, and really want to make another one for myself!

First, the finished product:



With the lid off:



Inside:



Lid close up and some of the "Potterization." Since the Whomping Willow is a magical tree, I thought it would record events in its rings. So these are some Hogwarts events over the years from the tree's perspective:



Some of the events:

"Remus Lupin transforms into werewolf"
"James, Sirius, and Pettigrew discover the secret passage"
"Ford Anglia crashes into branches"
"Harry, Ron, and Hermione discover the secret passage"
"Battle of Hogwarts"

During quiet times, the tree marks the year with a simple "grow."

The stump includes the knot for the secret passage to The Shrieking Shack:



And here's some in progress shots. It's constructed from one of those water cooler bottles that my husband brought home from work and cut into two pieces. I had to "patch" the handle side to give it a completely round shape:



Top view:



The "bark" is fuzzy felt purchased on JoAnn's cut into 3-inch strips and sewn together with the seams right-side out. Here's a pre-attachment shot (sorry, I thought this was a better pic than it is!):



I cut the "roots" from some of the excess bark and fit another piece of felt for the bottom:



Yay! It's finally starting to look like a stump!



For the lining, I simply laid some fabric inside the stump and sewed it in:





Here are some pics of the top construction. It's all just cardboard, some duct tape, fabric, and glue!





Close up of the "seal":



And that's it! I'm definitely going to level off the top next time, or even try making the lid from scratch! This was a super fun project and I really enjoyed making it.

Critiques and comments welcome! Thanks for looking! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013 08:23:37 AM »

This is so cool and you did a great job! I love the alterations you made to be reflective of the whomping willow! Very neat ideas to put events in the rings! I think I would have gone with Babbity Rabbity's Cackling Stump. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013 09:15:58 AM »

Holy cow, that is amazing. Your partner is sooo lucky! How did you even ship that huge thing? Tongue I really love all the texture from how you sewed the "bark".

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013 09:43:15 AM »

Wonderful, just wonderful. Thank you for showing how you made it, and I hope you get to make one for yourself now.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013 09:51:13 AM »

this is so awesome, i have a big (strong) plastic tub, that would work great for this!
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013 10:54:02 AM »

Well done!!  You did a fantastic job!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2013 10:59:24 AM »

Thanks for all the kind words, guys!

Oh man, rachel.in.rainbows, I didn't even think of Babbity Rabbity! Next time!
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2013 12:07:50 PM »

Insanely cool.  My girly has a fairy forest room that may need one of these.  Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2013 01:23:09 PM »

This is AMAZING!
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2013 02:10:29 PM »

I want one! I love it, the shape, structure and colours you used, it really is a stump.

This rocks!! For sure!!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2013 03:53:25 PM »

Just awesome!  I love the progress pics, and absolutely adore the ring writings.  Maman is one lucky partner!  Off to rock! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2013 09:05:39 PM »

This is so awesome!
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2013 08:23:22 AM »

Thanks guys!!  Grin

And thanks to the OAHPT Swap and my wonderful partner! When's the next one, pinkleo? Wink
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2013 10:01:57 AM »

And thanks to the OAHPT Swap and my wonderful partner! When's the next one, pinkleo? Wink
Our next HP swap is OTHPT which is returning for Round 4 in late May 2013. Grin  And because I want to keep y'all fully addicted, Back to Hogwarts 4 will begin signups early August 2013. Cool
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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2013 09:03:44 PM »

This. Is. Awesome Cheesy And those pictures of the process is rather inspiring... I think I may need to try making one of these Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2013 11:04:07 PM »

Awesome idea. I love hidden storage. It came out fantastic!!!
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« Reply #16 on: March 24, 2013 12:18:38 PM »

I saw something similar on pinterest for around $100. I was trying to figure out how to make this from my classroom. Thanks so much. I think I'll use a bucket so I can sit on it!
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« Reply #17 on: March 24, 2013 01:16:15 PM »

And thanks to the OAHPT Swap and my wonderful partner! When's the next one, pinkleo? Wink
Our next HP swap is OTHPT which is returning for Round 4 in late May 2013. Grin  And because I want to keep y'all fully addicted, Back to Hogwarts 4 will begin signups early August 2013. Cool

Can't wait! Wink

I saw something similar on pinterest for around $100. I was trying to figure out how to make this from my classroom. Thanks so much. I think I'll use a bucket so I can sit on it!

A bucket is a great idea!
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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2013 05:32:47 PM »

I saw this on MamanT's blog and wondered what it was built around. Your tutorial is great - I never remember to take in-progress shots of anything like this. I especially like the little eyes peeking out!

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« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2013 05:50:34 AM »

I'm the lucky recepiant of the thing!! Smiley
The water thing was my bet, as it is so light, the kids always move it around.

Yesterday they used it as a pretend bath!! Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2013 10:04:58 AM »

Ah! Love the action shot, Maman! So glad it is being enjoyed!!  Grin
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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2013 12:27:25 PM »

Maman, LOVE the action pic! Grin
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This is the coolest thing ever!
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