Mum creates magical Slytherin Christmas room for £70 using DIY and eBay buys

Mum creates magical Slytherin Christmas room for £70 using DIY and eBay buys

11/13/2020

The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner and we’re as creative as ever when it comes to our themes.

One Harry Potter fan has taken the “magical” element of the festive season to new heights with her Christmas display.

Rachel Wood, 44, from Luton, transformed her living room into an incredible Slytherin-themed treasure trove for just £70.

The mum-of-two, who’s children are 17 and 21, decided to go all out.

She told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk : “When my kids were younger, I studied to be a special effects make-up artist, and it was my goal to pursue this further. "

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Rachel added: “My kids and I have always been Harry Potter fans, and after visiting the Warner Bros. Studios Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter tour in Watford two years ago, I thought I’d take a chance and hand in my CV.”

To her joy, she began working as an admission host at the attraction.

Her new job in the Wizarding World gave her all the inspiration she needed for her Christmas decor over the years.

Rachel explained: “First, I did a Gryffindor theme.

“Next, I went for a Yule Ball theme.

“I discovered that I was in Slytherin House via the Pottermore app, so this year I’ve opted for a Slytherin look and feel, which has been inspired by watching the films and seeing the authentic sets at work.”

Rachel sourced all her decorations second hand – from charity shops or on eBay.

The mum added: “This year, I have probably spent between £30 and £70.

“I always put my own interpretation on the theme.

“I start with the walls, which are decorated in shades of grey and silver.

“I then turn my attention to the small furnishings, such as cushion covers.”

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She continued: “I particularly love my drinks trolley, with its spinning orbs that look like something that Dumbledore would have in his study.

“I found it at a local, second-hand emporium two years ago for £30.

“It started off as gold and I decorated it with pre-loved potion style bottles, which I added lights and Harry Potter labels to.

“Over the past two years, I’ve sprayed it silver."

Rachel’s favourite creation is the chest of drawers she bought for £20.

She explained: “I upcycled it into a dog bed and TV unit.

“I removed the top two drawers, sanded it down, and then primed and painted it with white furniture paint."

She continued: “I used sticky-back plastic Fablon vinyl on the sides and the top and then wallpapered the back panel with some leftover paper from the rolls I used for my living room.

“I put some cushions along the bottom and then added the green and white blanket.

“Lastly, I mounted two pictures in silver frames on the back panel."

Decorating her tree is the final flourish – this year she used green feathers, Slytherin stickers and gems with colour-themed baubles.

Magnificent!

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