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.