A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest
News from Internet Brands:
Closing the Craftster Community on December 19, 2019.
Read the details here.
Total Members: 323,619
Currently Running With Scissors:
158 Guests and 0 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials Crafting Calendar City Guides

Pages: [1] 2 3  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Tree Stump Storage Bin (pic heavy!)  (Read 14620 times)
Tags for this thread: harry_potter , tree , featured_project , craftster_best_of_2013  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit  
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 7669
Joined: 21-Jan-2010


View Profile
« 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
Fiber Arts Moderator
Offline Offline

Posts: 3032
Joined: 17-Nov-2008
Ooooo... Stickers!

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« 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".


Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Angry Angel
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 2749
Joined: 10-Sep-2006

View Profile WWW
« 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!!

I've got a new website! www.thisbirdsabsurd.com and I'm still on Etsy www.thisbirdsabsurd.etsy.com
And find me on Facebook!  Thisbirdsabsurd
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 7669
Joined: 21-Jan-2010


View Profile
« 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!
Offline Offline

Posts: 1813
Joined: 16-Aug-2006

May the force be ever in your favor, Mr. Potter.

View Profile available for personal swaps
« 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!


I have lots of train tickets (I get the train most days), if anyone wants some for papercrafting just send me a PM Smiley
Offline Offline

Posts: 3483
Joined: 29-Nov-2007

Creativity is a gift! Wrap it up and give it away.

View Profile WWW
« 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
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search
Crafting Ideas
Crafting How-Tos
Crafting Ideas
Crafting Topics

Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Christmas Crack
Meal Prep Monday: Black Eyed Pea and Squash Soup
Craftster Featured Projects - Dedicated to the People Who Made It

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Help | About | Press | Advertise | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map | Do not sell my personal information

Copyright ©2003-2017, Craftster.org, © 2009-2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands