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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Harry Potter Outdoor Decor

It's Fall!!

Well, officially is in the 90's in Tennessee.

Doesn't matter though, I am in a decorating mood.

Making,creating, and designing using themed decor is something people enjoy. I have designed so many fun ideas over the years for clients and when decorating Dreamingincolor. It is a fun way for people to express themselves by relating to characters, books and movies. Sometimes they become part of our memories from childhood. 

I have decorated with Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Polar Express to name a few. I create a Tin man Candy dispenser here. This season Harry Potter is the theme for our Halloween/fall decor.

Inside we have  Olivander's wall of wands and a mantel of bottles and spells.
The great hall with floating candles and pumpkins.
I love this theme because not only is it really creative to work with these characters from the books and movies but it makes Halloween decorating festive without being scary. With the new Harry Potter book out this year I thought this would be a great idea.

Outdoor decorating is more of a challenge. I wanted a big enough impact. Then I found the most awesome blow-up!! I have to admit I usually hate these things. I feel they look tacky and cheap most of the time. This year though I couldn't resist. I think if it is put in the right setting it works.

I decided to create a scarecrow and use one of the blow ups I found. A DRAGON!!!

Don't you just love decorating?

Halloween is so much fun. I tend to get carried away with all the possibilities.

I had to build and create the Harry scarecrow first

I started with a couple of 1"x 2" sticks cut and put together like a cross
This will be the body of Harry

I screwed them together to make the base for the body

Using some burlap I painted and created the head of Harry. I even gave him his iconic lightning bolt!
Then I dressed him with a shirt, pants and a cape. Put a Hogwarts type tie around his neck .
Since this will be outside I stuffed it with plastic to keep the form and help from retaining water.

I hammered the stake stake in the ground. I topped Harry's head with a witch's hat and attached glove and wand in his hand.

This isn't the first time I did a scarecrow for fall. I have also created one for a Wizard of Oz theme.

Adding the dragon  to Harry's side was what this scene needed. 

His tongue waves in the wind and he lights up

It is 7.5 ft tall
Cute, not scary.

I think this is something that kids of all ages will enjoy.

I am going to have fun adding more to this scene. I might have to make another trip back to the store for more Halloween goodies.

What will you create this year?

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1 comment:

TheCrankyCrow said...

Wow...your creativity and ingenuity are without limit!! I love the Harry Potter theme....Can't wait to see more of it! Hope all has been well.... Smiles & Autumn Hugs ~ Robin