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A Harry Potter Christmas Tree: Electric Candles

Something that has really added to the fun of my Harry Potter themed Christmas tree has been electric candles. I origionally saw them in an ad with a high price tag and wondered if I could find something similar on Amazon. When I found them for around $15 for a box of 12 candles I was thrilled.

I ordered two boxes and ended up with one box of white and one of yellow lights. I prefer the white lights, but it may depend on the color scheme you choose for your tree. Mine was a Gryffindor color scheme of scarlet and gold, so white lights help break up a lot of the gold I have on my tree, but the yellow may be even better for trees with other color schemes. 

The lights also come with suction cups so that they can stick to glass, spikes that you could stick in plants or lawn, and clips so that they clip onto branches of a Christmas tree. They also come with a remote (battery included) to turn the entire set of lights on and off, control the brightness of the lights, and a set of controls for the flickering of the lights. 

The only down side to the lights is that each candle requires one triple-A battery not included with your order and needs to be added to each candle separately. However, the battery life has been good so far and the remote works really well. It would be even cooler if the candles would flicker at different rates and not all at the same time, but for the price I paid I can’t complain. 

I’m excited to have these fun electric candles around for all sorts of fun future Harry Potter occasions. 

electric candle accessory and battery
electric candle accessory and battery
yellow electric candle
yellow electric candle
white electric candle
white electric candle

Check out fun Harry Potter themed ornaments and a tree ribbon I made for my Harry Potter themed Christmas tree! 

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A Harry Potter Christmas Tree: Gryffindor House Points Ornament

I struck gold–or rather rubies at Dollar Tree. An entire pack of rubies at the Dollar Tree and a large ornament to put them in only cost me $2, and this ornament couldn’t be any simpler to make!

Just take the top off of the ornament and put the rubies into the ornament and you’re done! I may glue my top on if I have any trouble, but so far so good! 

I am more of a Hufflepuff myself, but the Gryffindor colors are so Christmasy and fun so this year I did more of a Gryffindor themed tree. One day I’ll have to do a Hufflepuff one. . . 

To see more of my Harry Potter Christmas tree posts check out my December 2018 posts

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A Harry Potter Christmas Tree: Hedwig Ornament

When I began thinking about doing a Harry Potter Tree I knew I wanted a snow owl ornament on the tree. I found the perfect ornament at the Craft Warehouse for about $7 on sale. I just added a letter (made from a paper bag) to the owls beak. It’s simple but it adds so much to the tree. 

I bought my owl at the Craft Warehouse in November of 2018, sadly I couldn’t find this gem on their website. 

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A Harry Potter Christmas Tree: Flying Key Ornaments

Materials:

  • Dragonfly decorations– found in the floral/craft section of Dollar Tree
  • Vintage keys antique gold- 6 piece found at Hobby Lobby 
  • Ornament hooks found at Dollar Tree or gold wire (Walmart craft section near ribbon)
  • Hot glue gun and at least 1 mini glue stick 
  1. Heat up your glue gun.
  2. Pull the wings off of your dragonflies.
  3. Hot glue the wings to your keys at a slight angle as shown in the pictures below.
  4. Twist an ornament wire around the key or hot glue your gold wire to your ornaments in a loop so that it will hang from your tree. 

Inspired by Becca Beach’s YouTube video tutorial on making flying keys

To see more Harry Potter Christmas Tree decorations check out my Harry Potter Gryffindor Scarf and Harry Potter ornaments from Dollar Tree

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A Harry Potter Christmas Tree: Gryffindor Scarf

Dollar Tree had a lot of great ornaments and craft materials to choose from. Of course where I live the Dollar Tree is the largest I’ve ever been too. I love it! So when I saw these two colors of ribbons I knew right away what I wanted to make with them . . . a huge gryffindor scarf for my Harry Potter themed Christmas tree! 

Gryffindor Tree Ribbon: for a 5-6 foot tall Christmas tree

Materials:

  • 3 spools of 9 foot wire edged ribbon- deep red/cranberry
  • 2 spools of  9 foot mesh ribbon (no wire)- gold
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. Let your glue gun heat up.
  2. Cut the gold ribbon into about 1.5 inch pieces (for a tree over 5 feet tall you’ll need at least two spools). 
  3. Make a rectangle of hot glue (about 1.5 inches) at the end of your red ribbon and glue a piece of gold ribbon to the rectangle, being sure the edges of the gold ribbon match up with the edges of the red ribbon. 
  4. Make another glue rectangle about 1.5 inches further down the ribbon and attach another gold rectangle of ribbon. Repeat this process until you come to the end of the red ribbon and then glue the end of another red ribbon to your first, using the gold ribbon piece to cover up where the two attach.
  5. I used four 9 foot red ribbons and about 2.5 gold ribbons for our wide 5 foot tree but for a skinnier tree you wouldn’t need as much ribbon.