DIY Hogwarts School Trunk Christmas Ornament

On September 1st, Harry awoke to find that all his school things had been safely packed in a "huge, heavy trunk." 
-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Now that it’s time to go back to school, make sure your trunks are packed for Hogwarts. Here’s my latest handmade Harry Potter Christmas ornament!  

Driven to King’s Cross Station by Mr. Dursley, Harry was “stranded in the middle of a station with a trunk he could hardly lift, a pocket full of wizard money, and a large owl.”  Thank goodness that the Weasleys were just around the corner to help Harry find Platform 9 ¾!

This Christmas, my tree is going to adorn all things from the world of wizardry. As a Hufflepuff, I am excited to undertake this daunting task!  I had the best time recreating Harry’s school trunk with a few supplies from local craft stores.  

Here's what I used: 

  • Small wooden chest (Michael's)  
  • Small owl found in a 3-pack (Hobby Lobby) 
  • Birdcage found in the jewelry section (Hobby Lobby)
  • Miniature books and parcels (Hobby Lobby)  
  • Washi tape, optional  
  • Ribbon or twine to hang 

Let's Make Our Own Hogwarts Trunks!  WANDS UP!


Paint your trunk with a dark brown and let dry.  Then brush, ever so lightly, other colors such as raw sienna, olive green, and black.  I even used a little gold on the edges and corners for highlights.  


One of my favorite things to do after I paint it to seal it with a glossy finish.  It really makes the paint shine and adds a bit of magic.


After your new trunk dries, decorate it in a way that makes you smile.    I used hot glue to attach my curiosities. I also had a bit of extra Washi tape that I used to make straps around the trunk.    How perfect, right?   

Here are a few pictures that show different items on top.  Be creative and like the Sorting Hat, let your trunk speak to you as you decorate it!  If you want this trunk to be an ornament, make sure to glue a cute ribbon on it so you can hang it on your tree. 


 I hope this inspires you to create your own trunk for your 

Christmas tree, desk, or other magical place.  




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