These Harry Potter ornaments are made with M&M style ornaments so it’s easy to lay your vinyl design on the flat surface!
Once it starts getting cold out and the days are shorter I love to snuggle on the couch and watch a good movie.
Usually my go-to’s are Harry Potter series but now that the Fantastic Beast movies are coming out I’ve added them to our winter watch list!
I really loved getting a peek in to the Magical Congress in the first movie and I wanted to use their logo on my magical Harry Potter ornaments!
I’ll admit that it was odd to see a movie about the Wizarding World in which none of the characters I know and love were in. The lack of British accents was also bizarre too.
I wondered how they were going to make a movie out of a short and sweet book that J.K. Rowling had put out years ago, and I was pleasantly surprised. There were a few things that left me scratching my head but overall I was happy with the movie.
Also, I want a Niffler.
The hardest part about making these Harry Potter ornaments was trying to get the vinyl to stick to the surface. I didn’t want to use a perfectly round ball ornament because this design is big and has multiple layers.
And trying to put a large design on a round ornament is tough. So I went with a flat M&M ornament to make it a little easier on me!
Here are a few tips on how to lay a large design on these Harry Potter ornaments!
1. Why do you need to use flat M&M ornaments for this project?
I really love M&M ornaments because they’re flat and you don’t have to worry about applying vinyl to a round surface. If you’re new to vinyl decals I would highly suggest using a flat surface to start out with. Then you can get the hang of applying large decals to different types of surfaces.
2. How large do you make the vinyl decals?
It really depends on how large your ornaments are but I like to leave at least a little bit of white space around the edges.
If you’re using a round ornament I like to keep the ornaments between 1.5 inches tall and about 1 inch wide. But it really depends on what you’re comfortable with!
3. What happens when you lay your vinyl decal on the ornaments and you get bubbles?
If this happens to you (and it happens to all of us!) grab a hair dryer and apply heat. It loosens the glue a bit so you can easily rub out the bubbles.
Just go slowly and be gentle!
You can also go to this post to see how we layered vinyl decals on a round ornament with the dry hinge method — this prevents bubbles and creases!
4. What type of transfer tape would you suggest for this project?
I have a few thoughts on this so bare with me!
I always love using grid transfer tape but I really think that would be too sticky for these Harry Potter ornaments! If you’re having trouble getting your vinyl to stick to your ornaments, it might be your transfer tape that’s causing the issue.
If you’re having issues try switching to paper transfer tape. For some reason this works better on certain projects so I would try it for this if you’re having trouble.
5. What vinyl do you use for these Harry Potter ornaments?
Oracle 651 vinyl is what you should use!
Unless you want to reuse the ornaments next year and put a different design on them you should always use permanent vinyl.
Since my favorite part of the movie was getting to see the inside of the Magical Congress (the American version of the Ministry of Magic), I decided to make the logo into an ornament.
It was super tough but worth it! And of course, I also had to make some Ilvermorny ornaments to go with it.
If you have issues with losing tiny details in your design when weeding, check out this post that gives you tips on how to cut and weed small pieces of vinyl!
More Harry Potter crafts on the blog!
- Harry Potter Infusible Ink Tote Bag (and a free file!)
- Harry Potter Polymer Clay Earrings
- Harry Potter Layered Vinyl T-shirts
- Harry Potter His & Hers Mugs
- Harry Potter Onesies
Let’s make our own Magical Harry Potter Ornaments!
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