Make your own Mandrake #Do It Yourself#Pop Culture#decor#harry potter#repurposed wedding decor May 15 2014 | Guest post by koalaem My fiancé and I finished making our very own Harry Potter-inspired Mandrake. I'm pretty stoked on how he turned out, and I thought I'd share how we did it. First I made a big ol' ball of salt dough. Salt dough is easy and cheap as chips to make… Ingredients: 1 cup of flour ½ cup of salt ½-¾ cup of water Instructions: Put the flour and salt in a bowl. Pour in half of the water Then smoosh it around with a spoon until it has all combined. If it's seeming too dry, add more water. It should be about the consistency of pizza dough. Or Play-doh. Then I let my fiancé go to town. In addition to his science-ing, he's also a very talented artist. He molded the salt dough into a Mandrake shape. Related Post Use your wedding decorations for double-duty Christmas decor Juniper Zombie started my unusual Christmas tree hunt on the right foot when she pinged us about showing off her mad rad purple and black... Read more When it was ready I baked it for two days. That bad boy was chunky, so it took two rounds of about eight hours on a low temperature — about 200°F (so he didn't dry out too fast and crack) plus leaving him drying over night for both nights for him to become a solid mass. Then we tag-teamed painted him with acrylic paints, leaving him to dry for a while between coats — otherwise when we went to add another coat the first would dry and peel off. Then we added some black shadows for depth in the crevices and smeared it around/wiped a bit off with a paper towel to make the effect soft along the edges. Then we added a plastic aquarium plant to the top of his head. Before we began the baking/drying process, I pushed the nub of the plant into Mister Mandrake's head to make a hole that would later fit it; we also had to scrape out some of the dried dough to make sure the fit was perfect later. I'm pretty pleased with how he turned out! Now he'll be going into a glass vase that looks like a see-through planter pot with some moss and nature-y bits around him and then will be displayed on top of a couple of antique botany books. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by koalaem I am a traveling, crafting, nerdy, plus-sized gal from Canada-land who is marrying a dinoflagellate-studying, Magic the Gathering-playing wonder of an American man. http://curvycrafter.blogspot.ca PREVIOUS Do you even lift, Ladybro? How lifting weights taught me to love my body NEXT Three ways to power up and get the jump on your chore list Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] I love this! I'm picturing having one half – buried at the back door as a key hider (like those fake rock things). Reply Seems to me, you could totally work off of this idea and make a planter for a small living plant, too. If you used a different type of clay, you could probably make a planter that would successfully hold something like a spider plant or a succulent of some kind… Reply Love this! I always want more ways to incorporate Harry Potter into my life. Thanks for sharing! Reply Ha! When I saw mandrake root my first thought was "like the Deep Purple song?" Maybe I should catch up with the past few decades and finally read Harry Potter. Either way, cute decoration. I am intrigued by your antique botany books! Reply We found our Antique Botany books at Powell's Books in Portland. They have a fantastic collection and I believe that they sell online. Reply What a creative idea! I love Elizabeth's idea of making the Mandrake a planter for a small plant. This could be neat for wedding centerpieces too. Reply This is one if our wedding centerpieces! They're all different and based on Hogwarts classes. This one is for the Herbology table. Reply Hi, just wondering if you make these and sell them or if this was a one time deal. I found this on a Harry Potter site trying to find the prefect gift for my sister and I loved this. Unfortunately I am not a skilled artist. Would you be willing to make one if I paid for one? Thano you in advance for your consideration. 🙂 Reply If you would like to contact me through my etsy shop (curvycrafts.etsy.com) I would be glad to discuss this possibility. Reply That's simply amazing! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.