Me and me matey Cap’n Roy invite you to join us in celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day which falls on September 19th every year. It’s one of those days that gives you a chance to let your hair down, haul anchor and have all kinds of piraty goodness! You’ll find things to make and wear, free food, learn how to turn your Facebook into pirate talk, tell pirate jokes and much more below. This is a day for grownups and kids alike to have fun!
LONG JOHN SILVERS (of course!)
Shop Like a Pirate
How to Talk Like a Pirate
First and foremost you need to learn to “talk like a pirate”. Here are some words and phrases to get you started. You can also use this online Pirate Translator.
Turn Your Picture Into a Pirate
This site lets you upload a head shot of yourself, or link to one on Facebook, and it turns you into a pirate. You can see what that will look like on the left. You can then use the image in various places.
If you know how to work any type of graphic software, you can do it yourself using clipart. That’s what I did for my Facebook avatar for the day. You can see that image on the right.
Dress like a Pirate
At the very least you need to have a pirate hat and an eye patch. Both are easy to make.
5 MINUTE PIRATE HOOK
- 18 oz Plastic Grey Hefty Cup (any brand or color will work and you can paint them. These were just perfect for this.)
- Plastic clothes hanger
- Silver spray paint (or color of choice)
- Heavy nippers (small saw would also work)
- Drill or something to put a hole in the cup.
NOTE: Make the hole smaller than the end of the clothes hanger hook. That way you can just push it in and it holds!
Change Facebook Language To Pirate!
Yep… you can actually choose “pirate” as your language on Facebook with some awesome results. It does NOT change anything you personally write but it changes the titles and notices of many things. Easy to do and you can switch it back after the day is over.
Other Ideas to Celebrate the Day
Have a Pirate Movie Marathon (Many are available to watch on Amazon and Netflix)
A Few of Our Favorites
Tell Pirate Jokes
These are all over the web but here’s a few to get you started:
- What’s a pirate’s favorite type of socks? Arggggile.
- What does a Jewish pirate say? Ahoy vey!
- What does a pirate nerd wear? An iPatch
- What’s a pirate’s favorite place to eat? Arrrrrrby’s
Drink Some Grog
Our family as pirates.
This “Hold the Door” sign is part of our Over the Door Decor series. Easy plaques you can make to place above the inside of your front door, or any place for that matter. This easy to make medieval “Hold the Door” sign is part of our Over the Door Decor series. Easy plaques you create to send you out the door with a smile on your face.
Hold the Door Supplies
Note: basswood is a thin light wood. You can find it at craft stores. The ones shown were purchased at Ace Hardware for $3.00 each. You could use any type wood that is this size though it would require normal hanging hardware.
- Craft Basswood 4″ x 24″ x 1/8th (or .125) “
- Craft string or twine, grey (or brown) (We used a soft jute)
- Paint, brown and black
- Mod Podge
- Grey Card Stock
- Silver Thumbtacks
- Wire cutters (to cut tips off thumbtacks)
- Lighter or matches
- Free Pattern Below
- Command Strips These are perfect for hanging lightweight wood!
Video for Burning Paper Edges
Water down the brown paint and cover entire board, allowing the wood grain to show through.
Mix black and brown paint with water, creating a very dark brown.
Starting at the edges, make heavy strokes towards the center. Lift the brush as it moves towards the center to create a feathered look.
Print out the free download and cut out the individual words to fit inside the board edges.
Burn the edges of each word with a lighter or match. Work in sections, tilting the paper for varied burn patterns.
Trying to avoid burning the actual letters, blow out the flame after each section. This can be messy!
Use a stick or brush handle to gently scrape away loose debris after flame is extinguished.
Arrange and position the finished words on the board. Make adjustments to the burnt edges as needed.
Once satisfied with the display, remove printed words and cover the board with Mod Podge. Work in sections so that the Mod Podge doesn’t dry before the words are applied.
Gently place words onto the Mod Podge, holding edges into place until dry. Be careful not to smudge the paper with debris from the burnt edges.
Using wire cutters, clip the posts off of 14 silver thumbtacks. To avoid having these posts flung across the room, turn the point towards the table and cup a hand loosely over the tack while cutting.
On each end of the board, apply dots of hot glue. Place the cut-off top of the thumbtack onto the glue and hold in place until dry.
Using craft string or twine, wrap around the board 4 times just inside of the thumbtacks. Tie tightly on the backside of the board and use a dab of hot glue to hold knot in place if needed.
Command Strips are perfect for hanging your Hold the Door plaque.
It was a sad day indeed when the phrase “Hold the door!” became part of our culture. Never has there been a more beloved character than Hodor, the very large man with a very large heart who can only utter one word. This little doorstop is in honor of that great man. The graphic was drawn by our daughter Jennifer.
Hold the Door Doorstop Supplies
- Wood wedge aprox 4″ long and 1.5″ at high point
- 4″x6″ piece of 1/4″ wood. We used thin Lauan Plywood (Lowes has small sheets for $4.00)
- Free printables below
- Spray paint of choice. We used gold and silver.
- Thumb tacks silver or brass
- Wire cutters
- Wood or other strong glue
- Mod Podge
- Spray Adhesive (Used to apply the printables
- Clear Sealer (Optional. Helps prevent smearing when Mod Podging over printables)
Cut your wood. Wedges are super easy to cut. Any thin wood can be used for the 4×6 piece.
Sand your wood pieces.
Carefully cut out your graphic of choice.
Paint your wood and wedge.
We used spray adhesive to attach our printables. Spray them evenly or else they will bubble when you Mod Podge over them.
Attach your printables.
Thumbtacks with the ends clipped off make great embellishments. (You might recall we used them for our Recycle CDs Wall Pouches. )
The thumbtacks will have a small bit of the stem on them which can be pushed into softer wood. Otherwise you can glue them on.
You can also tap them in with a hammer.
Before using the Mod Podge make sure your ink is dry. It’s also helpful to spray a clear coat of sealer over the ink. This helps prevent smudging.
With long gentle strokes cover brush Mod Podge over the front of your doorstop.
Glue the wedge on with strong glue.
This trendy Star Wars lamp is easy to make and costs very little. All you need is an old lamp, spray paint, Mod Podge and some Star Wars material. Check out our other Star Wars crafts page including our Star Wars Boots and a Star Wars T-shirt. This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s a phenomenal artist and you can find her work at her various online stores.
Star Wars Lamp Supplies
Spray paint your lamp base if desired.
Make a pattern of your lamp shade. This is very easy to do using a piece of butcher paper or newspaper. After you’ve traced it allow 1/2 inch extra on the top and bottom to allow for the fabric to fold over the top and bottom of your shade. Cut out your material then coat the shade with Mod Podge and smooth your fabric over it. No overcoat is needed. Use a small amount of Mod Podge inside the top and bottom rim and fold the fabric over into the inside.
Create and wear a Star Wars T-shirt with pride! Grab a shirt, a scrap of Star Wars material and some fabric edging. You can use fabric glue or sew it on. Being trendy was never so easy!
Check out our Star Wars Boots which make a great set with your new shirt. You’ll find this and more on our Star Wars craft page. This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s a phenomenal artist and you can find her work at her various online stores.
Star Wars T-Shirt Supplies
Grab a T-Shirt
Cut your material into any shape you want. Measure your border.
Glue or sew on your patch.
Glue or sew on the border.
Do you own a pair of leather type boots? Are you a Star Wars fan? Then before you know it you can be kicking it Star Wars style! Star Wars boots are simple and inexpensive to make. All you need is some Mod Podge and some Star Wars fabric. (You can of course use any type of fabric you want, but why would you?)
Looking for more Star Wars stuff you can wear? Check out our Star Wars T-Shirt Applique. You’ll find this and more on our Star Wars craft page. This project is courtesy of our daughter Amy Grace. She’s phenomenally creative and you can find her artwork at her various online stores.
Star Wars Boots Supplies
Mod Podge is not water proof so you will need to be careful where you wear your boots.
Take some paper and lay it over the area of the boot you will cover, then trace it as best you can. Cut your fabric out making it a little larger to allow for trimming as needed for a perfect fit.
Coat your boot area with Mod Podge and lay the material over it, Coat again over the material.
We suggest giving it several coats allowing it to dry in between. Remember, Mod Podge is not water proof so be careful where you wear your boots.
Get your family organized with a Star Wars Family Command Center! We made ours from an old magnetic dry erase board we had lying around. (We put chalkboard contact paper on half of it.) There’s a variety of ways you can create yours and we’ve got a printable quote plus printable Star Wars planets you can make magnets from.
We’ll also show you how to quickly turn a plastic chalk holder into a lightsaber! Add a small family photo for each person, a catch all box and some hooks and you’ve got a spot everyone can keep track of what’s going on in the family. (P.S. For those who have a Silhouette cutting machine we have those files for download in addition to the pdfs.)
Want more Star Wars ideas? Check out our Star Wars craft page!
Supplies for Family Command Center
These are what we used for our center. Other options are easily available!
- Large dry erase type board. (You could use an old frame and turn it into a full chalkboard using the same concept and ideas.)
- Chalkboard Contact Paper
- Chalk holder (Many choices for these, some of which already look a bit like a lightsaber!)
- Silver Spray Paint
- 1″ Wood Rounds (for magnets)
- Magnets for back of wood.
- Cup hooks (for keys)
- Small cheap frames, one per family member.
- Mod Podge (for planet magnets)
- Box to use for container. (We used a long shipping box.)
- Downloadable planets and quote below.
We’ve got two versions for you. The first is a PDF. The quote is only the size that a normal sheet of paper will allow. The second is for those who have a Silhouette cutting machine which allows you to cut out longer quotes on vinyl.
Silhouette files (zipped)
Family Command Center Instructions
You can make a Star Wars Family Command Center in a variety of ways. Hopefully ours will inspire you!
THE CATCH ALL BOX
You could use a variety of boxes, even a cereal box, for a holder on your family command center. I had a long mailing box that was the perfect size so I used that. Just cut off the top, cover it something or paint it, then glue it on your board.
PLANET MAGNETS (if your board is magnetic)
We grabbed some small flat frames at our local Dollar store. They didn’t need to be painted as they were already the right color… bonus! You could also attach plain photos to your board with no frames!
If you use chalkboard contact paper, or even paint on your center you can get these nifty little chalk holders. We had one that we spray painted and quickly made into a lightsaber using Sharpie markers!
This shows all the parts to our Star Wars Family Command Center. We used things we already had so use our ideas as a jumping off point for your own center!
The chalk holder and Star Wars magnets you can make using our free printables.
This is the end of our Tolkien Week & Hobbit Day Celebration. We’ve had a blast creating these ideas and sharing them and hope you’ve enjoyed reveling along with us in the joy of all things Tolkien.
In each of our weekly newsletters we’ve given away a free high resolution printable quote. During our celebration those were all Tolkien quotes. We wanted to give this last quote to everyone, not just our subscribers. We felt it was a fitting end to the celebration.
If you missed any of our Tolkien Celebration posts please click the link below to see them all! Thank you so much for being part of our online lives. To share a sentiment from Bilbo himself “May your beards never grow thin!” Metaphorically speaking that is.
Tolkien Quote Download (pdf)
“The cakes will keep sweet for many many days if they are unbroken and left in their leaf-wrappings, as we have brought them. One will keep a traveler on his feet for a day of long labor, even if he be one of the tall men of Minas Tirith.” ~Fellowship of the Ring
Taste a little of that elven magic with our Healthy Lembas Bread Recipe. This is an adaptation of the bread seen in the Lord of the Rings and though one small bite might not last you all day it’s still pretty yummy! We also have a free Mallorn Leaf template that you can wrap your bread in.
(See amounts in printable recipe below. Links are to the exact products I order and use.)
MALLORN LEAF SUPPLIES
- Green construction paper
- Green marker
- Brown twine or raffia
Lembas Bread Recipe & Instructions
NOTE: This bread is a little on the tough side rather than soft and flakey. It is none the less delicious when eaten warm right out of the oven! Though best eaten right away you can keep it for up to three days (unlike the actual Elven bread which keeps for weeks Ü). We suggest heating it a little before eating.
- 2 to 2.5 cups flour of choice
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup honey
- Scant 2 TB chia seeds soaked in ¼ c water (wonderful & healthy egg replacer)
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place your chia seeds in ¼ c water. Let sit for 5 minutes. It will form a gel.
- In a large bowl mash your banana and mix with honey, coconut oil, salt and the chia mixture.
- Carefully fold in the flour. Add a little more if needed. If will be slightly sticky but can still form into a ball. Don't over mix this as it makes the bread tough.
- Make a ball out of the dough and place in the fridge for an hour.
- Take small pieces of the dough and hand form into rectangles approximately 2"x2¼". This fits the larger size Mallorn leaf. You can make them smaller for the medium size leaf. Measure ahead of time to make sure they will fit.
- Place your bread on a greased baking sheet. Using a butter knife make an X about half way down into the dough.
- Bake at 350F for 25 minutes.
- Wrap your Lembas bread in your Mallorn leaves if desired.
Roy and granddaughter Alyssa Mae making Lembas Bread.
Mallorn Leaf Download and Instructions
There are two sizes. We used the larger size. There is a green version for printing on regular paper and a white version that you can use as a template for construction paper, which is what we did.
This simple hobbit door is so easy to make from colored hardening clay that anyone can do it! Use it for jewelry, bookmarks etc. Makes a great Tolkien gift! This post is part of our Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week celebration!
- Polymer Clay (I used Fimo)
- Pin for making lines in clay
- Tiny eyelet if desired.
- Jewelry findings, if desired.
- Drill with tiny bit.
- String if your using the drill.
- Mod Podge or other gloss coating.
I’m not the least bit artistic. (Not to be confused with creative.) What I mean is I can’t draw, paint or sculpt. My stick figures even kinda suck. So I tend to steer clear of crafts that require someone to have that ability. This is one of those crafts. My point being, if I can do this, anyone can do this.
After you’ve baked your clay you can give your Hobbit door or Gandalf a nice coating with some type of gloss. I used Mod Podge.
In honor of Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week here are some FREE Tolkien Fonts! Plus, if you’ve always wanted to see your name written in runes or the Elven language we have those fonts too! After downloading them install them onto your computer to begin using each font. For Windows you just need to double click on each font file after unzipping it. This then allows you to install the Tolkien font quickly and easily!
DOWNLOAD EACH TOLKIEN FONT BELOW
This simple little no sew drawstring pouches are great for holding tiny treasures! All you need is felt and string and some charms or beads if desired. You can make them any size but we give you a pattern for two sizes using typical 9″x12″ felt. What a great gift! We used ours to hold our dragon eyes.
- 9″x12″ felt in colors of choice
- Heavy string or cord
- X-acto Knife to cut slits (or a hole punch that’s very sharp)
- Large blunt point needle (when threading through slits rather than holes)
- Jewelry findings, beads, bells etc (optional)
There are two patterns, one makes a smaller bag and the other uses up the full width of a 9″x12″ piece of felt. You have to tape that pattern together as its too large to print on one piece of paper. The larger size is easier to use in my opinion.
You can either use a hole punch or a sharp X-acto type knife to cut the openings for the string or cord. I found cutting the slits to be much easier. If you do use a hole punch it must be a very sharp one.
TYING: To tie these you want to wrap them around twice. Using the beads or the charms will keep the string from pulling out but they must be placed appropriately. I suggest after threading your cord or string through that you then cinch it up to where there is a nice opening. Then add your charms or beads up close to where the string or cord enters the felt, tying them on with a knot. Before trimming the excess string off, cinch up your bag all the way and tie it around as explained before. Once you’ve tested it out then you can trim the excess while it is cinched closed.
Short video to clarify a few things shown below.
It’s important to place these in the correct spot. Read the details above under Instructions.
This shows the two sizes.
These pouches are PERFECT for holding Dragon Eyes!
Grab our free printable pattern and make this double sided Gandalf You Shall Not Pass door hanger. The flip side has Speak Friend and Enter depending on your mood. We made ours with foam board but cardboard or even poster board would work! There’s a color version and a black and white version to download. Make sure to check out our other Tolkien crafts and ideas on our Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week page.
- Print hangers on regular paper (choose white or colored below)
- Foam board
- Paint (optional of you want to paint your foam board edges)
- Marker (optional if you want to use for the edges)
- X-Acto Knife
- Glue (I used spray glue)
Print out the hangers of choice on either paper or cardstock. Glue one of them to your foam board. I used spray glue but any glue will work. Carefully cut around the edges using a knife. If you do not want white edges you can color them with a marker or carefully paint them before applying the back of the hanger.
Make these gorgeous dragon eyes from flat clear filler marbles and use them for dragon jewelry or to carry around in a simple pouch. Adults and children alike love them. Best dragon craft ever! (Except for our Dragon Egg of course.) You can use regular paints to make these but I’ve listed the things I found that make them the easiest to create. View detailed photos and a video below!
NOTE: You can use regular paints with tiny thin brushes in place of the Sharpie paint pens. I tested both methods and preferred the pens as it was neater, easier and quicker to use.
- Flat Clear filler marbles in the size you want. Typical is 3/4″ inch.(You can get these at most Dollar Stores, Walmart etc.)
- Metallic Sharpie Paint Pens, Thin Or regular gold or silver metallic paint and a thin brush.
- Black Sharpie Paint Pen or Black Paint and a thin brush.
- Metallic acrylic paint for background. (I used green, purple and blue and purchased them at Walmart)
- Jewelry findings if desired to make necklaces, rings, pins etc.
The marbles come in various sizes. The typical size is about 3/4″.
These are the tools I found work the easiest. However you can use regular paints to make the pupils and outline them. It just takes a very fine brush and a steadier hand. The paint markers make it a lot easier.
Because the marbles act as a magnifying glass it’s important to make the pupil very thin and keep it away from the edges. Otherwise when it’s turned over it appears to run over the edge. Make sure to let it dry well before doing the metallic outlines.
If you’re using regular paint for your edging you can use a toothpick to make the dots. Allow your outlines and dots to dry before moving on.
Make sure to put the back color on a bit thick and keep it away from the edge. Allow to dry thoroughly before handling.
We put our Dragon Eyes into our No Sew Drawstring Pouch.
Make this classy Lord of the Rings art wood rack with some simple tools and supplies (and of course our free pattern.) You do NOT have to be an artist to do it! Its easy and would make a wonderful gift! Use it for necklaces, belts, scarves, or any other lightweight items you can hang. We’ve got a regular pdf version of the artwork plus a Silhouette file version for those who have that machine. One thing’s for certain… if I can make it, anyone can make it!
Supplies for Lord of the Rings Art Wood Rack
- 1″x6″ piece of wood. *cut to 18″ long)
- One 1/4″ round dowel cut into seven 2″ sections.
- Wood glue
- 7 wood plug buttons approx. 3/8″ (optional)
- Saw to cut wood (a hand saw works great!)
- Sawtooth no-nail hangers (optional)
- X-acto knife (or Silhouette machine)
- Paper or cardstock for the part members. (You can use black and trace the pattern onto it or white and print the pdf as is onto it and then cut it out.)
- Drill. For 1/4″ dowel pieces we used a 1/4″ bit which made a nice snug fit.
- Mod Podge or other clear gloss.
- Our free pattern downloaded
Silhouette File Version (zip)
Notes: You can use different sizes of wood and dowels if desired, adjusting things as needed. You can also purchase your own hooks to insert it rather than use dowels.
You can either cut a larger piece of wood down or buy a typical 1×6 board and cut it to the length you need, which is what we did. The wood plugs are optional but they are inexpensive and really make it look extra nice.
Print out your background pattern. Cut it out and tape it together then trace it onto your wood however you like. You can even just press hard with a pencil and it leaves a light indent on the wood that you can use as your painting guide.
No Nail Sawtooth Hangers
I added these after the hanger was completed. These are my favorite type of hangers. They just hammer right into the wood.
There are three ways you can cut out the Lord of the Rings art and us it. 1. You can print it out onto white paper or cardstock on high quality. Then you have to take an X-acto knife and carefully cut around it. (Yes, this will take a while and some patience.) Carefully tape it together. 2. You can print it out on normal paper then lay it over black paper or cardstock and carefully cut it out using the top piece as a pattern. Again, tape it together carefully. 3. For those of you who own a Silhouette cutting machine you can use the files for that and the machine does all the work for you.
Use your paints of choice and paint the areas as shown. No artistic skill required!
Don’t forget the edges!
Glue your party graphic onto the wood using Mod Podge or another method, making sure to align it carefully.
Top it with your choice of gloss or semi gloss coating.
You will now drill the holes to place your 2″ peg hooks into. We used a 1/4″ drill bit. You want your pegs to fit into the hole snug. We choose 7 hooks and drilled the holes as follows: 1/2″ up from the bottom of the board. We started 1 1/2″ in from each end. Each hole was 2 1/2″ apart. Please measure your own board to make sure this spacing works for you.
Getting Peg Hooks Ready
You can do this two ways. After cutting your dowels 2″ long you can glue your wood button ends onto them before inserting them. We did this by taping them upright to a board and then gluing the buttons on and letting them dry. We then inserted them into the board and painted them. In retrospect we suggest you insert the wood dowels into the board and then glue on the wood buttons and let them dry and then paint them as its simpler.
Place a small amount of wood glue on the ends of your dowels before placing them into the holes. You may need to use a hammer to tap them into place.
Wipe off any glue overflow.
After they dry, paint the pegs.
Make sure to give them a coat of gloss after the paint dries.
Completed Lord of the Rings Art Rack! Attach a hanger on the back and hang it up.
Now this is an interstellar beauty! And it takes just a few minutes to make! It’s so easy you could create your own solar system of planets! All you need is a little paint, a Styrofoam ball, a CD and some glue and glitter. So get started creating your own universe!
Saturn Model Supplies
- 3″ Styrofoam ball
- Spray paint color of choice
- CD or DVD with no label or writing preferably
- Glitter of choice
- Spray adhesive
- Hot glue gun or any thick adhesive
- Fishing line and an eyelet hook (for hanging)
- Wood base and dowel (for placing on a stand.)
- Drill for stand.
Cut your Styrofoam ball exactly in half
Gather all your supplies. You also need some spray paint and hot glue or thick adhesive.
Spray your CD on one side, use glitter and repeat on other side.
To make using glitter easier take a piece of paper and fold it in half.
Lay your CD on the paper and sprinkle your glitter onto it.
Shake off the excess.
When you’re done bend the paper along the crease you previously made and carefully pour the extra glitter back in the container!
Spray your Styrofoam halves.
Using hot glue or any thick adhesive of choice attach your Styrofoam halves onto the center of each side of your CD.
TWO WAYS TO DISPLAY SATURN MODEL: Place a small metal eyelet hook in the top and use fishing line to hang it. Or you can use any small piece of wood as a base. Drill a hole in it to fit a small wooden dowel than push your Saturn down onto the dowel. Both methods are shown below.
You can easily attach some fishing line to your planet for hanging.
Check this out!
Who couldn’t use a little extra good luck? We’ve got some adorable little fairy tokens to bring you some! They’re made from clothespins and scraps of artificial flowers, felt and ribbon and are super easy to make. I “painted” mine using a variety of things from markers, to regular paint. Then I decorated them with things I already had. I already feel luckier! P.S. If you like these you’ll definitely love our beautiful little Stand Alone Fairy Doors!
- Traditional one piece clothespins (not the spring type)
- Hack saw to cut by hand. (You can use an electric saw of course if you have one.)
- Paint or markers
- Artificial flowers, leaves etc.
- Hot glue gun
- Small eye hook
Notes: When you drill the hole in the top make it a little bit smaller than the eye hook so it will still screw in. I colored mine various ways and all of them worked fine. I found it easier to color them before cutting but it doesn’t really matter.
Lots of Different Good Luck Fairies!
Whether you believe in fairies or not these little doors are lovely little accents to any room! They are so simple to make using popsicle sticks and wood bases that you can get at any craft store. Decorate them with whatever you have around the house, which is what I did. Then place them in an out of the way spot to be discovered. Best of all you don’t have to attach them to anything!
- Popsicle sticks: 10 for regular doors. 11 for curved doors.
- Hot glue gun
- Poster board or cereal box cardboard.
- Wood base* of any type aprox. 5.25″x 3″
- Wood mushroom buttons for doorknobs. (Not sure what those are called) Other doorknob ideas: Small cork, small round ball, round bead etc.
- Various additions: moss, artificial flowers, leaves, small wood shapes, old jewelry etc,
*NOTE: You could also use a heavy piece of cardboard for the base.
I used things that I already had to make these so they cost me nothing. Even if you have to purchase the wood bases and sticks you’re looking at a very inexpensive craft.
Small wood blocks also work to hold the door up.
Yes… there is indeed an official day to celebrate dragons! January 16th of every year is “Appreciate a Dragon Day“. It’s one of those observances you might not be aware of unless of course you travel in dragon circles. We’re big fans of dragons over here so we decided to post a few extra cool ideas we found across the web in honor of the day. As is typical here at Our Peaceful Planet the ideas are aimed at adults but that doesn’t mean kids can do some of them too! I mean we are talking dragons here.
Sew a Sock Dragon
How cute is this little guy? And he’s made from socks! View the full tutorial here.
Do Some Dragon Word Searches
Who doesn’t love a good word search. Download a pdf of three below.
Listen to Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter, Paul & Mary
Depending on your age this will take you back! If your too young to remember it but love dragons its a MUST listen.
Make a Dragon Bookmark
This tutorial shows you how to fold this nifty little dragon corner bookmark. View complete instructions here.
Grab Some Popcorn
You might already have some dragon videos in your collection. If so this is the day to pull a couple out! If you don’t own any you can always find some to stream online. Netflix has a great selection if your a member. So does Amazon Video On Demand streaming movies. I’ve linked to some of those below.
Make Your Very Own Dragon Egg
This is our own tutorial which shows how to make this beautiful dragon egg with a foam egg and some thumbtacks! View full tutorial here.
Print, Color & Assemble This Flying Dragon
Get image here. Save to computer, print, cut, color & assemble.
Download A Free Quote To Hang
This is also from our personal collection. This quote hangs in our home. (pdf)
Make a Dragon Cake
Print & Color These Nice Dragon Drawings
Sew a Dragon Hat
The tutorial shows a baby in the example. But the pattern is easily adaptable for any size including adults! Full instructions here.
Grab a Book
I’ve read dozens of books through the years on dragons my first being The Hobbit. Pull out any that you might have for another read! Below is a link to Amazon books about dragons.
Print, Cut & Wear a Dragon Mask
Put Dragon Wallpaper On Your Computer
I regularly have a dragon as one of my desktop backgrounds. (You see mine below.)
Play an Online Game With Dragons
There are video games out there that allow you to actually fly on dragons!
Wear Something With a Dragon On It
Feel free to pin and share this guy below and encourage others to celebrate this most awesome day!
This little craft combines a little magic with a little nature. It’s great for kids and adults alike. I made one gnome in a soda bottle bottom and one in a glass cup. I actually liked the soda bottle version better because I was able to adjust the height.
- 1 Liter Plastic Soda Bottle (This is the smaller size not the larger.)
- Hot glue gun
- Naturey stuff : pine cones, bark, moss, nice stones, twigs etc.
- One thicker branch about 3/4″ to 1″ thick for the gnome. Length depends on container.
- Knife for whittling. I used an X-acto type knife.
- Hand saw (Only if you need to cut the gnome branch shorter)
- Acrylic paints for hat, beard and eyes.
1. For soda bottle, measure it where you want to make the cut and cut with a knife. I cut mine about 2 1/2″ tall. Trim if needed with scissors to make it even.
2. Measure your gnome stick to protrude above the top of the container about 1 1/2″ or so. If you can’t find one the right size you’ll need to trim with a saw.
3. Whittle the top into a point for the hat. Remove the bark for the face area.
4. Paint your gnome. It’s usually naturally lighter where you removed the bark for the face. If not you can paint that area. My soda bottle stick didn’t need the face painted. My glass stick did.
5. With a hot glue gun place a large gob of glue in the bottom center of the cup to hold the stick in place. OR you can also use the lid for the soda bottle and fill it with glue and place the stick in that. Then glue the lid to the bottom of the container.
6. Fill the container around the gnome with your nature items. You can glue some of them if needed but I just laid all of mine in place.
These photos show a mixture of the soda bottle or the glass cup. The contents are the same for each.
Plastic 1 liter soda bottle. (You can use a glass cup also if you find the right size.)
Measure, cut and trim. Mine is about 2 1/2 inches tall.
Nature Items. These were used for the soda bottle version.
Items used for the cup version.
Whittle the top of your stick to a point. Remove the bark for the face. This stick was dark underneath the bark for my glass cup gnome. My soda bottle stick was much lighter which is typical. You can always paint the face area if you want. I did so on this one.
Paint the hat and beard area. If the stick is dark under the bark you can paint the face area if desired. Add black dot eyes.
A soda bottle lid works well to mount your stick. Fill it with hot glue and place the stick in.
Glue the lid to the bottom of your container.
Fill around the gnome with your nature items to make it look awesome! You can glue some items in if needed but I simply laid all my items in.
Finished Glass Version
Finished Soda Bottle Version. (My favorite one.)
This guy was so awesome we felt bad eating him! What little kid… or even grownup would not love a dragon cake! Our daughter Jennifer made this and I wanted to share it though we only have a few visuals. The photos were taken long before I decided to do this series so I’ve asked Jennifer to share how she made it as well as she could recall. She used no pattern. It turned out pretty amazing.
Basic Instructions for a Dragon Cake
- Three boxes of cake mix
- Two round 9″ cake pans
- One 13 inch by 9 inch cake pan
- Cut the pieces out and stack them together with frosting in between to hold them in place.
- Freeze it overnight.
- The next day shave it down and shape it how you want.
- Cover the entire thing in a thin coat of frosting and applied pink fondant.
- Purple and silver frosting spray was used for shading. (It’s like food coloring spray or edible airbrushing spray stuff)
- Edible glitter.
- Make the wings out of paper and the eyes and features out of fondant painted with food coloring.
Visual How To
This is are second dragon egg post! The first was a larger version made with a foam egg and thumbtacks. This is a smaller one in a completely different style.
- Regular plastic Easter eggs or any plastic egg. ( You could even use silly putty eggs from the dollar store.)
- Low temp hot glue gun with small nozzle.
- Fine sand paper. I had a sanding sponge and used that. But any fine paper will work.
- Black paint, glossy. I used spray paint.
- Silver paint, glossy. I also used spray paint.
- Toilet paper or tissue paper for dobbing silver paint on.
- If you only have flat paint use a gloss spray at the end. It really needs that for the look.
- Sand the area around the egg where it opens with fine sandpaper. This helps keep it from showing up especially if it makes a ridge.
- Using a low melt fine tipped glue gun draw designs on your egg. They do not have to be perfect in any way. Do not worry about the little fine strings that tend to be caused by a glue gun. They add to the appearance.
- Spray paint egg with black paint. My white eggs had a hole in them which allowed me to place them on a thin stick for spraying. You could also drill a small hole in the bottom for that purpose yourself. Let dry.
- Spray a puddle of silver spray paint on a paper plate. (This was the only silver paint I had. I’m sure other types would be fine but this worked great.)
- Take a wadded up tissue and lightly dab on the metallic paint onto the egg. You can go as heavy as you like. It’s really hard to mess these up.
Sand the ridge down with fine sandpaper where the egg opens.
With a low temperature smaller tipped glue gun (if possible) draw on designs. You do not have to be a skilled artist. (I am most definitely not.) Don’t worry about the fine strings the hot glue tends to make. Those add to the look of it!
Spray paint your egg black. If it has no hole you could drill a small one so you can stick it on something for spraying if desired.
Spray a puddle of silver paint onto a paper plate. Other metallic paint would also work. I just used what I had.
With a tissue dob on the silver paint till it looks how you like. Super easy.
The finished egg. (I told you the stringy things make it look cool!)
Display Your Egg Most Awesomely!
I found the perfect way to display your new dragon egg! Make a bell jar case out of a plastic soda bottle! TUTORIAL HERE
Both Eggs Displayed In My Library (1st Egg Tutorial)
Game of Thrones brought these into the public eye. I mean, how cool is a dragon egg? I wanted one. Bellow you’ll not only learn how to make a dragon egg but how to make one that looks spectacular and is easy an inexpensive! Can’t beat that.
- A foam egg (3″ is a great size)
- Silver thumbtacks 200 count. 2 boxes.
How to Make a Dragon Egg Instructions
Starting at the bottom gently push in the thumb tacks overlapping them slightly. Continue to the top. Took me about 45 minutes to do one 3″ tall egg. You could possibly spray paint these or use gold thumb tacks. Be careful inserting the pins. If you wiggle them too much it creates a large whole in the egg and they will fall out. These eggs are meant to be viewed and not handled much.
For one 3″ dragon egg it takes a little over one pack of thumbtacks 200 count. Starting at the bottom, carefully insert thumbtacks, overlapping slightly.
Display Your Egg Most Awesomely!
I found the perfect way to display your new dragon egg. Make a bell jar case out of a plastic soda bottle. There are two different styles you can make. TUTORIAL HERE My Eggs Displayed in My Library. Version #2 Dragon Egg Tutorial Here Dragon Egg Version #2 Tutorial Here
These DIY angel wings make from paper plates that are large enough for adults. All you need are paper plates, scissors, glue and ribbon. Toss on a little glitter for some extra magic and you’ve got a full spread wing set for any occasion! If you a fan of things with wings check out our Good Luck Fairies!
DIY Angel Wings Supplies
To make the features cut all the larger 9″ plates as shown. Discard the center pieces.
Glue the feather pieces onto the back of one of the smaller 6″ plates as shown, overlapping the ends.
Measure your ribbons and glue them as shown for tying the wings on.
Glue the second 6″ plate over the back to give a cleaner finish.
All done! Feel free to add a little glitter here and there.