“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”
These famous words describe the dwellings of hobbits or should I say describes what it is not and today on the Crafty Geek, I will show you how to make your very own miniature hobbit-hole! This took a little bit more planning on my part and quite a lot of shopping around for the items I was looking for. If you’d like to make a hobbit home of your own, here are the things that you will need:
- wooden base
- fake moss
- floral foam
- miniature decorations (your choice, get creative!)
- hot glue gun
- popsicle sticks
- green paint
Start by cutting out the fake moss to the shape of your base. I chose to leave a slight edge around the base sort of like a border, but you can cover the whole base with moss if you’d prefer. Glue it down using your hot glue (be careful, I burnt myself more than once during this project!)
Next, take some of the floral foam and cut it into a dome like shape to create the hobbit-hole mound. Cover that with fake moss and glue it down with the hot glue. Once it’s covered, glue it onto your base wherever you want. I chose to put it more to the back so I would have more room up front to decorate. Lets make the door. All hobbit-holes need a door so you can invite friends in for a nice supper and a cold ale! Take a few of the popsicle sticks and cut them in whatever shape you’d like your door to look like. I chose to make mine sort of round like Bilbo Baggins front door. To make it easier to paint, put the sticks onto the sticky side of some tape and then paint them using the green paint. Set that aside to dry.
I decided I wanted to make a little path leading up to the house. I found these bags of tiny rocks that I thought would be perfect to make a little gravel like path. Using the hot glue, I glued down the tiny rocks in stages. If you’ve used hot glue, you’ll know that it dries very quickly. When I finished gluing the rocks down, I started placing my miniature plants around wherever I felt they looked the best.
This is a great time to get super creative! The one thing I loved about the Shire, was that no two hobbit-holes looked alike! I found most of these items at Michaels craft store. If you are having a hard time with inspiration, Google is an excellent source for images of Hobbiton.
Adding the final touches, I added the door to the house. I used a little extra moss to put over the top of the door to hide the places that I didn’t paint so I wouldn’t have to do too much extra work! For the doorknob, I used a small roundish rock and glued it to the middle of the door, just like Bilbo’s doorknob is in the center of his door. To give it a little extra home-like quality, I found a miniature fence and put that around the outside of the “yard” and left an opening at the beginning of the path.
And there you have it! This was actually quite an easy project. The hardest part for me was finding the miniature plants and such to give it some flare. But once I got all of those things, it was just a matter of using my imagination and placing the items where I though they might be if this were a real hobbit-hole!
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings may be over and done with, but they will always have a special place for me in my heart! I’ve always been an enormous fan of the books and movies and so it seemed like a no brainer to make a hobbit-hole. If I could live anywhere it would be The Shire; so peaceful and beautiful!
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