One of my favorite parts of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has to be during Herbology when the audience and characters are introduced to the awesomeness that is the Mandrake. In case you’re new to the Harry Potter universe, the Mandrake (also called Mandragora) is a plant that, in addition to it’s many restorative powers in potions, has a cry that can kill a human when uprooted. Lucky for us, baby Mandrakes only render you unconscious for a few hours. Thought it would be fun to have one of these cute guys on my desk so I made this Harry Potter Mandrake Paper Clip Holder. Most people will think it’s just a pretty little potted plant but we’ll know it’s awesome little secret!
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Step 1. Using the clay pot as a template, make a disc out of the brown clay. Puncture the center with the faux succulent stem and set aside until time to bake.
Step 2. Begin sculpting the Mandrake body. You can see the general progression of mine in the pictures below but feel free to shape yours differently. Make sure the Mandrake bottom is at least 1″ above the planter base so that you have plenty of room for your paper clips. Don’t forget to remove faux succulent from top of head before baking!
Step 3. Carve out a section of the Mandrake bottom and press the magnet in place. Follow the clay package instructions to bake the baby mandrake and clay disc.
Step 4. Use acrylic paint to distress and age the terra cotta planter and faux succulent.
Step 5. Once the clay has baked and is cool to the touch, use acrylic paint to add detail to the baby mandrake.
Step 6. Assemble faux succulent, dirt disc, and baby mandrake with hot glue. You can also add some preserved moss to the top of the clay disc if you’d like. Once the glue has hardened, just drop some paper clips to the bottom of the planter and press the mandrake cover in place.
All you have to do now is place the Harry Potter Mandrake Paper Clip Holder on your desk and eagerly wait until that moment when you need to release the mandrake. Just make sure you have the appropriate ear protection!