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:
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:
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!