How to Make Golden Snitch Hanging Decorations

These cute golden snitch hanging decorations are great for a Harry Potter movie marathon, but they would be even more awesome to decorate your house for a kids' party, or even in a Harry Potter themed bedroom! They are fairly quick to make, the only time consuming bit is cutting out the wings, but you could speed this up by getting a friend to help!


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    Paint the top half of the polystyrene balls gold using the small brush. Two thin coats are better than one thick, so it won't look great at first, don't panic! While they dry, find a circular hollow to rest them so they don't roll about. Leave to dry completely.
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    When dry, paint the bottom halves and leave to dry again.
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    Repeat with a second coat so no white is showing through. If it looks streaky, don't worry, it will look a lot more even when dry!
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    While drying, draw the left wing of a snitch onto the piece of stiff cardboard (I used the back of a cereal box for this). You can find a picture of a snitch on Google and copy out the wing, but don't worry about making it very precise, as long as it is the right sort of shape. The only important bit is to make sure the wing is in scale with your polystyrene balls! You can see this in a picture, but roughly the wing should be twice as long as the ball is wide.
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    Cut the wing out of the cardboard, being careful as you shape the ends of the feathers (a frilled edge will look loads better than a smooth one!)
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    This is your template. On the cartridge paper draw around the wing 6 times- these are the right wings of your six snitches (you will flip them over so they face the opposite way)
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    Flip over the cardboard template so it becomes a right wing and draw around it 6 times. These are the left wings.
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    At the side of each wing where it will join the body of the snitch, draw a small square tab so that you can pin it to the body. Make sure these are attached to the wings.
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    Cut out each wing, making sure the tab is attached. This is a long job, but cutting neatly will make the wings look so more better, so it is worth spending time on the frilled edges to make a feathered look.
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    When the polystyrene balls are completely dry, attach the wings. Fold the square tab at the base in half, and then flip the wing over so that the side where you have drawn around the template is facing the back. Use a pin to attach the folded tab to the body and then fold the wings over so they stick out from the body. Repeat with the wing for the other side.
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    Do this for all 6 balls until they all have two wings.Then cut 6 lengths of ribbon (how long you make the ribbon depends on how far down you want the snitches to hang) Pin one end of the ribbon to the tops of the snitches and you're done! You can now hang the ribbon by knotting it around or pinning it to whatever you want them to hang off.


  • Use downward brush strokes when painting- if you picture the ball as a globe, you are painting down from the north pole to the equator.
  • It's important to use sewing scissors to cut out the wings, as you can be very precise when cutting the feathered edges. Alternatively, you could cheat and use kids zig-zag edged scissors, though this won't look as delicate.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 small polystyrene balls ~ 4 centimeter (1.6 in) diameter
  • 1 sheet of creamy white cartridge paper
  • Gold paint (the cheapest kids craft paint will do as long as it is metallic!)
  • A small paintbrush
  • Sewing scissors
  • Thin ribbon- see-through iridescent gives a magical touch but isn't essential
  • 18 small pins (ones you would use for sewing- make sure the head of the pin is NOT coloured and is as small as possible or you will ruin the effect)
  • Small piece of stiff cardboard
  • Sharp pencil

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