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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:


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

« 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.

« 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!
« 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!
This rocks!

« 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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