You might have noticed over the past couple of years that we have done quite a few Harry Potter based activities and crafts. To date we have made dragon eggs, dementors, wand wind chimes, and held a potions class. I can pretty much guarantee that over the Christmas holidays we will also play some sort of Harry Potter game together. We are even planning a Harry Potter Quidditch themed birthday party for EC. It really was only a matter of time before we did a Christmas related decoration. The most obvious thing (to me anyway) was to make golden snitch Christmas decorations. EC was, of course, delighted with this idea.
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You will need:
- Polystyrene balls
- Gold paint
- Kebab sticks
The biggest faff with this craft was painting the polystyrene balls. I originally tried spray-painting them, which was a MASSIVE failure. All I ended up doing was covering my bathroom with golden glitter. Which by the way is a huge pain to clean up. Yes I should have done it outside, but seeing as it was snowing I decided not to. The easiest thing to do is give each ball a couple of coatings of gold acrylic paint. They did turn out really beautifully when they finally dried. I am glad I did this rather than letting my charges do it. They probably would have lost interest and left.
The rest of this craft is very quick and simple.
Choose your feathers and make a couple of holes on either side of your ball using the pointed end of a kebab stick.
Before you put the feather in put a little bit of glue in the hole and then push the feather in.
The other tricky thing is trying to put the thread on it. If you put it in the wrong place your golden snitch Christmas decoration will tip forward. There were a couple that I had to counter weight them with strategically placed glue.
YC and EC had their friends round when they made them. EC’s friend didn’t want to make one originally until he saw everyone else making them and changed his mind. Everyone was really impressed with how these golden snitch Christmas decorations turned out. I’m pretty sure one of these will be used in some sort of pretend play at some point.
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