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Marauder’s Map Tree Skirt

Marauders map tree skirt

The marauder’s map was the secret to Fred & George’s success at Hogwarts, and plays a huge roll in the rest of the series. In fact, the marauder’s map is part of the reason The Prisoner of Azkaban is my absolute favorite book of all seven. The first two books is were a warm up, an introduction to the characters, and the plot for each book was nicely wrapped up between the two covers. The third book, however, was the start of the actual Harry Potter story, where we are introduced to the plot that takes us through the very end.

I have never had a tree skirt, and with the amount of detail in the maurauder’s map, I felt that no other type of Christmas decor could do it justice. The skirt gave me just enough room to give the map enough detail, and still look good given my basic painting skills!

Marauder’s Map Tree Skirt

You will need:

  • 1 yard of tan or beige cotton or linen fabric
  • black acrylic paint
  • thin paint brushes for detail work
  • pencil for tracing
  • Picture for reference, I used pintrest.


1. Start by cutting your fabric into a circle. I used a yardstick placed in the middle, marked each end with a pencil, then grabbing in the center, rotated the yardstick a few inches at a time until I had a perfect circle of marks, then connected the marks and cut.

Marauders map tree skirt

2. Once you have your circle, cut a straight line into the center. This will be the back of the skirt. If you have a real tree instead of an artificial one, you can also cut out a small circle shape in the center so that the skirt fits more naturally around the trunk. In my case, the artificial stand is small enough that it didn’t effect how my skirt lies.

Marauders map tree skirt

3. For my map, I started by creating a border on the edge with the repeated phrase “I solemnly swear I am up to no good” and “Mischief Managed” separated by two footprints.

Marauders map tree skirt

4. This was the semi-tricky part. Using an image on pintrest for reference, I sketched the castle of the map in pencil first. To get a good diamond, I first marked each corner lightly with pencil, then worked on one wall at a time, first marking the 3 towers for a wall so that I would have a clear reference for direction and spacing. I’m no artist, so I know I could easily get going and realize I was way off for a diamond shape.

Marauders map tree skirt

5. Once I completed my pencil outline, I then went over the entire map in black paint. I’m right handed, so I made sure to start working on the left most corner and worked my way across so there wasn’t any chance I would accidentally smudge the paint with my hand. To do the shading, I would wait until my brush was almost out of paint, and then rub what was left in the brush onto the fabric, which created a nice, softer shade. Once you finish painting the castle, allow to dry completely.

6. Once the castle is dry, you can trace out the letters of The Marauder’s Map in the center of your castle. I do know that in most representations of the map have the entire center filled in with the letters reversed, but I honestly, didn’t have enough confidence in my painting skills to feel sure that the map title wouldn’t look terrible, so I opted for this simplified version, and I’m glad I did!

7. Continuing to reference the picture, I then traced the inscription “Itinerarium Maraudentium” and below that “Messrs. Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs are proud to present”at the top. Go over your pencil with black paint, and allow to dry.

Marauders map tree skirt

8. The final step is to fill in some of the blank space with footprint trails! Allow to dry fully, and give it the place of honor below your Christmas tree.

Marauders map tree skirt


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


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Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
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