Monday, January 26, 2009

Harry Potter Pinewood Derby Car

Any Harry Potter fans out there? If so, you'll like what you're about to see.

The Eldest competed in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby on Saturday. I always try to steer him toward making an original car for the derby and mostly, he listens. He's a huge Potter fan so we went with a Harry Potter broomstick theme. I present to you, the Firebolt.
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Turned out to be very cool and really fast. Notice the lighting bolts on the side? The Eldest said that he wanted those on to represent Harry's scar.

To make the broomstick, I sacrificed some bristles from my broom and painted them brown then using masking tape, taped them together at the top and over the handle of the broom. The handle is twist paper from the handle of a paper bag that I coated in Aleene's tacky glue and then placed over a flame. When it was all sooty, I burnished it with a cloth and then applied rub n' buff to it. Lastly, I added a bit of orange and gray paint to the handle. I then painted the masking tape gold. To make the bits that hang off the broom, I took hot glue and glued my countertop in the shape that I wanted it. After it cooled, I simply peeled it off and glued it to the broom and painted it gold as well. Simple. The completed broom was then hot glued to the car.

It was a huge hit with the adults at least. I know that I had fun making it.