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Game of Thrones Table Decor

Hello everyone ! So, last sunday was my birthday, and at the last minute we decided to do a Game of Thrones decor for the table. We didn’t have much time to gather supplies or many ideas, so what I’m going to show you can qualify as “last minute“, and it’s also pretty easy to accomplish for any Game of Thrones viewing party 🙂

Game of Thrones table decor

Game of Thrones table decor – Winter is coming !

What you need :
– an old tablecloth, beige or grey, or at least in a color light enough for the map to stand out
– a black or brown Sharpie pen
– a map of Westeros (or any other map, if you want to do a medieval theme)
– little chocolate eggs
– cardstock for the dragon tray
– silverware (or any tableware that goes with the theme)
– wooden or plastic sticks, cardstock & a printer for the sigils

>> So first, my mom gave me this old grey tablecloth. I opened a detailed map of Westeros on my iPad and got to work with a pencil. The first thing to do is to choose the area where the map will be drawn. I chose not to use the whole tablecloth, because the sides would not be seen anyway. I didn’t have much time so it was not a very close rendition of the map, but still close enough : I draw squares on my tablecloth and on the map picture to help me with the scale. Then I got to drawing with a basic pencil with the help of my sister to finish faster :p). You just have to follow the pencil lines with your sharpie, and voilà ! This is how it looks like when you’re done with it :

Westeros Map Tablecloth

Westeros Map Tablecloth


This is rather cool, but not enough. My favourite character is Daenerys Targaryen, so I thought of a couple of things that could go well with a table decor. First, I designed some kind of tray with Silhouette Studio, using a dragon design I had downloaded in the past. I cut it in red cardstock and put little black rhinestones for the eyes, and a little silver thread between the two dragons to make it look like a carriage of some kind. This little dragon tray was destined to hold salt & pepper bottles I already had. To complete the dragon theme, I added little easter chocolate eggs I bought at Hema.

Dragon Salt & Pepper Tray

Dragon Salt & Pepper Tray

I then decided to print little sigils for the food. I glued them on little sticks and also on bigger plastic sticks. The silver sticks are actually magic wands I bought at Hema (like 1,50€ for 8 wands). I wanted to put them in the glasses, to help everyone remember their drink (each had a different house), but it didn’t look nice, so I put them on the napkins instead. (You will find a link to the printable sigils at the end of the post). I also designed simple coasters with the Targaryen sigil, to put under my transparent glasses (file also available at the end).

Game of Thrones Sigils

Game of Thrones Sigils

Targaryen Coasters

Targaryen Coasters

Which house do you belong to ?

Finally, I had some sigils left, so they went on my birthday tart (how cool is that ? A bit tired of chocolate cake ? Ask your mom for a delicious homemade tarte normande <3). I also had these totally awesome roman numbers candles, hiding in a cupboard. So I thought “hey, I’m getting old, so let’s use some old numbers” ^^ And it looked really cool !

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Here are some more pics 🙂

Game of Thrones table decor

mother of dragons

Mother of Dragons !

Please share & comment if you liked it 🙂 And show me your own renditions !

Free printables : Game of Thrones Sigils  // Dragon Tray .Studio File // Targaryen Coasters 

❄ A Very Potter-y Christmas ❄

It’s that time of the year ! For a few years now, we’ve decided to decorate our christmas tree according to a theme. We’ve had a “geeky” tree, an Irish tree, a Venitian one etc. And this year’s theme is…. *drumroll* … Harry Potter ! My little sister and I are die-hard fans of the Harry Potter franchise, so we had a lot of fun decorating the tree with Gryffindor colors (my sister’s house. I’m a slytherin, but green and silver are not very “homey” colours), stuff we bought and also trinkets from our own personal collections 🙂 Here are some pictures, without  delay !

❄ Harry Potter Xmas Tree – Full view ❄

I made the tree topper myself. It’s the Sorting Hat. I used some black cardstock for the cone, cereal box cardstock for the base, a very old shirt of my dad’s, my hot glue gun and acrylic paint I found in my paint stash. First you have to make the “hat” base, you can use stapples to attach the cone to the base of the hat. Then you start glueing the fabric piece with the glue gun. I tried to replicate the creases and shadows of the actual Sorting Hat, but if you have difficulty doing so, you can always recreate the details with different shades of paint. Once it’s all set, you can paint it with regular acrylic paint, it will harden it a bit – and that’s what we want. I used black paint mixed with water to darken the “eyes” and “mouth” of the hat, so it would’nt stand out to much, but still be darker than the rest of the hat.

❄ Sorting Hat Tree Topper – Lizzie @GlitterMonsterCrafts ❄

I also made a very simple Weasley jumper, with a “R” like Ron (we all know Ron’s the best ^^). I just cut a piece of dark red felt in the shape of a sweater, hot glued little bits at the end of the sleeves and added a R sticker from my scrapbooking stash 🙂 Other than that, I added little parchment rolls, miniature brooms, various horcruxes, keyrings, toys etc. I already owned. We even added a christmas sock for Dobby 😉 I also made little lightnings and the deathly hallows symbol with my Silhouette, you’ll find a link to the free files at the end of the article 😉

❄ Weasley Jumper Ornament – Lizzie @GlitterMonsterCrafts ❄

❄ Snape being grumpy, as always ❄

❄ Harry Potter Christmas Tree Ornaments – Lizzie @GlitterMonsterCrafts ❄

❄ Xmas Potter Freebies ❄
Deathly Hallows Symbol & Lightning Scar >> Freebies

Création & Savoir-faire Expo 2012

This year’s “Création & Savoir-Faire” Expo was held this week in Paris (Porte de Versailles, Nov. 21-25). I was lucky enough to win free tickets through a Pinterest contest, and I went on friday (11/23). The thing about the expo (and other crafts expos) is not the good deals you might get, but rather the choice of products. Many of the brands and companies on site offer higher prices than usual, so you really have to focus on buying the stuff you won’t find anywhere else.

The specialty of CSF is the “Inspiration Alley”. Each year, they gather creative people (mainly craft bloggers and brands) around a theme, and every one of them has to imagine a little world in the space they’re given. This year’s theme was Boheme, so many of theme went with a circus theme. Some of them were very inspirational, some not so much. Here are some photos I’ve taken !

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Mustache Lightbulb

So my mom’s kitchen theme is “British Pub“. We’ve added stuff from various places in London, like flags, pub towels, pub signs etc. We’ve also bought a lamp shaped like a bowler hat, but we wanted to improve it a bit, so the big lightbulb wouldn’t outshine the lamp itself. We decided to add a mustache to the lightbulb, so now it kinda looks like an english lamp-man :p As to how we did it, I cut a mustache shape in some black duct tape with my Silhouette Cameo, and voilà !

What do you think ? You could also do it with orange duct tape to make a redhead ! (cause redheads are awesome)(says the redheaded girl)

Harry Potter Gift Pack

So a while back, I had to prepare a gift for my friend’s birthday. At first, I was only planning on giving her stuff related to London, in preparation of our trip later that year. Then I stumbled upon a very good tutorial on how to make your own Hogwarts acceptance letter. Then I remembered the mold I bought a few months ago, and it all clicked into place 🙂 My friend was very happy to open her “HP Pack”, so here are the content list, some pics and links to help you make your own 🙂

Harry Potter Gift Pack (back to school theme)

Hogwarts acceptance letter, complete with school supplies list and letter from Percy Weasley [here]
– A box of ChocoFrogs : you can make the box yourself, there are a lot of printable ones on the internet.
– A personnalized “Famous Wizard Card” (I made one with a picture of my friend and a made up biography on the back)
– Pins related to HP. I don’t have pictures, but I used a machine to make Prefect, WWW and other kinds of pins.
Bertie Botts Beans : you can either get the official ones from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Florida) or use basic candy beans.

So, in this precise case, my frog mold was designed to make big frogs, the exact same size as the ones sold in Florida. So when I put together the chocofrog box, it was to small to receive more than one frog. So I put the pins in the box instead, and created a new box for the frogs. I bought a golden chocolate box, put my six frogs (3 milk chocolate, 3 white chocolate) and then decorated the box with a HoneyDukes gift tag and some pink and green ribbon.

The custom “Famous Wizard Card” (my friend and I study anthropology, hence the weird biography on the back :p).

Et voilà ! Please send me pics of your cards and frogs 🙂

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