You’ll be ready to step foot outside your door for your next adventure with this week’s DIY inspired by that lovely round door at Bag End. Check below the cut to see how to make your very own Hobbit Door Wreath!
- Styrofoam Ring, 10″ inch
- Faux Fir Wreath
- Popsicle Sticks/Long Wood Pieces
- Googly Eyes
- Button, preferably dome shaped
- Craft Foam
- Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
- Acrylic Paint/Spray Paint
- Paint Brush
Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of supplies needed! It’s a lot of little things, most of which you’re likely to have around the house if you already enjoy being crafty.
But I will preface this DIY by apologizing for not having nearly as many step-by-step photos as I would have liked, so feel free to leave a comment below if you find yourself needing more information than I provide here.
This all starts with a styrofoam ring. I picked this one up at The Dollar Store and ended up painting it a tan color with some spray paint I had lying around. Why tan? Because I knew the color of the ring would show in this project, and wanted it to look like the grout that is in between bricks.
The ring is the frame of our hobbit door, so it needs to look like it’s covered in bricks. To achieve this look, I cut up 1/2 inch strips of craft foam and painted them in two different brick colored shades…that ended up looking like the same color in the end. Try to start with a red or orange piece of craft foam, not blue like I did. You’ll only need 2-3 coats to cover the foam, and don’t forget to paint the sides!
Once the paint has dried, wrap and hot glue the strips around the ring. I started with strips longed than needed so I could cut them to size once they were wrapped around the ring. You can see how the back of the ring looks a little father down in this DIY.
While the ring is the door frame of our hobbit door, a simple piece of cardboard is going to serve as the foundation of our door. Make sure to work with a piece of cardboard that is larger than the styrofoam ring. You’ll cut it down to size from there.
Lay your ring down on the cardboard. Trace the inside and outside of the ring. Cut in between the two lines made. You need the circle of cardboard to be bigger than the hole of the ring so there’s something to glue to the ring, but not so big that it sticks out past the edge of the ring.
Find and mark the center of the cardboard circle.
Time to make your door! I used popsicle sticks to create the look of wood slats. Unfortunately I couldn’t find sticks long enough, so I had to cut and glue some end to end to fill the space properly. This is where the center mark on the cardboard comes in handy. I wanted a slat line to be the center, so I placed the sticks on either side of the center point and glued my way out to the sides.
From here, you could technically move on and paint your door, but I went one step further and tried to mimic the rivets that are all over Bilbo’s door with the help of googly eyes. This is where tweezers come in handy. E6000 would be recommended here instead of hot glue.
Throughout these steps, you’ll want to occasionally pop your ring over the door you’re making, so that you’re not gluing google eyes past the point of the ring hole.
Use scissors to trim away the excess wood so you have a proper’ish looking circle again.
Paint your door! You’ll need a good couple of coats (4-5) to get the google eyes covered properly.
Once your door is dry, hot glue it to your finished door frame ring.
This step isn’t necessary, but I don’t like having an ugly looking back to a craft if I can help it, so I used some felt I had lying around to cover the back of the door to make it look a little pretty. The one thing that is necessary to do to the back of the door is to glue down some ribbon so you can hang it properly. I was working with a sheer/delicate ribbon, so I used strips of felt to cover and anchor it more securely.
Now is the perfect time to add the last two most important details – the doorknob, and Gandalf’s graffiti mark…which I suppose isn’t necessary, but come one, why not? While you could technically add these details earlier on in the project, I personally thing it’s best to wait until your door is glued to the ring so you can accurately determine the center of your door before hot gluing down the button for the doorknob and adding the mark with a silver Sharpie. Paint and a thin paintbrush works too if you have a steady hand.
At this point, your hobbit door is complete and you can leave it as is! This was the project as I had originally had it in my head until I put the whole thing together and it looked…tiny. Too tiny to look good all by itself on a door, so if you really want just the hobbit door and nothing else, you’ll want to start with a much bigger styrofoam ring!
To add a little oomf to my hobbit door, I placed it inside a faux fir wreath. You can use the ribbon you glue to your hobbit door to tie it to the wreath itself, or just tie it to the same door hanger the wreath is hanging from.
To add a little oomf to my faux fir wreath, I hot glued some acorns around it that I had purchased on Etsy. If you’re on the East Coast, I’m sure you can just find these lying around, but no such luck for nice big fat acorns here on the West Coast.
To add a little oomf to my acorns, I covered half of them with glitter with the help of some modge podge. Simple paint a cot of mod podge onto the body of the acorn, then sprinkle/pour glitter over it. Make sure to shake and/or tap it lightly to get rid of the excess glitter.
I like oomf.
Hobbits love nature, and the faux fir wreath is a nice nod to that. And acorns are that extra fun little nod to Bilbo and his amazing adventures that I think help round out the look of this Bag End Door Wreath quite perfectly.
Now you’ve got your very own hobbit door! Stick it on your front door, bedroom door, dorm door, etc., and be the envy of those you don’t know half as well as you would like, and those you like half as well as they deserve.
While I originally made this because I thought the color palette was perfect for the winter holidays, I think it also works great as year-round decor. Basically, it’s never leaving my front door.