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Harry Potter Fan Gives Home Slytherin Makeover For Christmas For Just £70

Harry Potter Fan Gives Home Slytherin Makeover For Christmas For Just £70

With Christmas barrelling round the corner, there's only one plan on our list - binge-watching every Harry Potter film again.

But for some Potterheads, a cinematic trip to Hogwarts just isn't enough.

That's why one fan has gone a step further, creating her own slice of the magical school of witchcraft and wizardry in her home.

Rachel has used her skills to recreate a little piece of Hogwarts (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)
Rachel has used her skills to recreate a little piece of Hogwarts (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)
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And you don't need to magic up tonnes of money to do it, as mum-of-two Rachel Wood has shown with her living room's Slytherin make-over - made on just a £70 budget.

The 44-year-old has a yearly tradition of decking her halls to look like the Slytherin dungeons, using her training as a special effects make-up artist to complete the look. And while she first did it to cheer up her kids, the Harry Potter fan now does it every year despite them now being grown up.

The make-up artist finds bargains to help her spruce up her home (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)
The make-up artist finds bargains to help her spruce up her home (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)

Rachel manages to create her very own slither of Hogwarts at bargain prices by upcycling and savvy bargain searching on eBay and vintage stores.

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"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," she told LatestDeals.co.uk.

As fellow Potterheads will know, Slytherin values ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness - qualities Rachel has in spades.

Rachel works some magic on vintage products (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)
Rachel works some magic on vintage products (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)

"I always put my own interpretation on the theme," she explained. "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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"I always source the decorations from charity shops or search for bargains on eBay This year, I have probably spent between £30 and £70."

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Among her favourite trinkets in her living room, Rachel loves her drinks trolley, which she has made just that bit more magical by adding "pre-loved potions".

The drinks trolley is a favourite of Rachel's (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)
The drinks trolley is a favourite of Rachel's (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)

"My favourite creation, however, is the chest of drawers that I bought from a charity shop for £20 and upcycled into a dog bed and TV unit," she said. "I removed the top two drawers, sanded it down, and then primed and painted it with white furniture paint.

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"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. My pups Stanley and Violet seem to approve."

Rachel has previously gone for other Hogwarts themes (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)
Rachel has previously gone for other Hogwarts themes (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)

But it wouldn't be Christmas without a tree, with Rachel, who has previously turned her living room into the Gryffindor house and the Yule Ball, adapting her baubles to fit the new theme.

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"This year, for instance, I added green feathers, Slytherin stickers and gems to a selection of baubles."

Even the tree receives the Slytherin touch (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)
Even the tree receives the Slytherin touch (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)

Rachel usually decides on the theme at the beginning of the year so she has lots of time to collect things that she thinks will work.

"I will use the majority of the items I collect the next year, too, by painting them or altering them in some way," she says. "My family and friends are always eager to see what I'm going to do next."

The dogs certainly appreciate the work (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)
The dogs certainly appreciate the work (Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk/Rachel Wood)

Now we just need to convince Rachel to work some of her magic on our home!

Featured Image Credit: LatestDeals.co.uk./Rachel Woods

Topics: Harry Potter, Christmas, Life News, Home, Home Decor

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