I was inspired to make this when I saw a drawing on Pinterest depicting an open Hobbit door, looking out over the Shire with a few verses of Bilbo's song. (Unfortunatly, the drawing was pinned via tumblr with no link to the original source to give credit to.)
I made my Hobbit door from a clock housing as the frame, balsa wood to make the door, and I needle felted the view of the Shire. I also crochet some little flowers for Bilbo's garden.
Step 1: What You Will Need
- Clock casing (diameter ~9 inches)
- Three pieces of 3/4 inch X 1/8 inch x 2 feet balsa wood
- Wood glue
- Green( 2 shades), brown, black, gold and sky blue paint, also some glow in the dark paint and glitter for the mark Gandalf left on the door.
- Wood stain
- Hot glue
- Small hinges
- Small bits of metal (I used the tin from a tea light holder)
- Clay (for door knob)
- Duct tape
- Picture hangers
- Measuring tape
- Paint brushes
- Craft felt and/ or wool roving of various colours
- Brown embroidery floss
- Needle felting needles and sponge(foam)
- Print-out of Tolkien quote
- Embroidery floss in various colours
- Crochet hook
- Yellow and pink paint
- Craft felt
- Duct tape
Step 2: Prepare Boards for Door
Step 3: Refine Shape of Door
Step 4: Paint Door and Frame
For the inside of the door (inside of Bag End) I used a brown water colour paint to stain the wood. The outside of the door I painted with a bright green. I painted the outside of the door frame (clock casing) with brown paint.
Step 5: Door Knob and Gandalf's Mark
Gandalf scratched a rune on Bilbo's door so that the dwarves know which Hobbit hole to go to. The mark means something along the lines of 'Burglar wants a good job, plenty of excitement and reasonable reward or you could say Expert treasure-hunter instead of Burglar". I used glow in the dark paint to draw the mark on the door and added a bit of glitter to make it look magical.
Step 6: Ironwork on the Inside of the Door
I used an image of Bilbo(Martin Freeman) standing in front of the door as a guideand printed it out in black and white the same size as the door I made. I applied the hot glue along the lines of the ironwork trying to keep it consistent and smooth. Once the glue had dried/hardened I peeled it off and trimmed it to make it look neat. I then painted it black.
Step 7: Door Latch
Step 8: Door Hinges
Step 9: Finish the Inside of the Door
Step 10: Needle Felting
About needle felting
So I am new to needle felting (this is actually the first thing I've done) and I am aware that one normally uses wool roving. I didn't have any on hand and there are no stores nearby that sell it (that I am aware of) and I didn't want to wait for shipping if I ordered it on the internet. So I cheated, I used craft felt which I had an abundance of and in a (large) variety of colours. You can pull apart the craft felt with your fingers or a slicker brush (pet brush). A standard size rectangle of craft felt can yield a fair amount and if you use several shades (I had about 5 shades of green) you can blend them together nicely. A note about craft felt though, they are not all the same. Craft felt is normally made from wool, but there are some sold now (like at Michaels) that are made of recycled pop bottles (which is pretty awesome when you think of it). However it is a lot harder to pull them apart, though if you do get enough apart you can still use it for felting.
How to needle felt
As I mentioned in the last paragraph I am new at this, but I feel that I should probably give some brief instruction on how to actually do it. Place your background onto your needle felting foam or brush. Lay a piece of your 'roving' on the background and begin stabbing with your felting needle. Use a straight up and down motion starting on the outside working your way in until the piece is fused to the background. Most importantly watch your fingers, those needles are barbed and really hurt if you stab yourself with them!)
Felting the Shire
I started with a sheet of sky blue felt as the background. It should be wide enough to cover the inside of the door. I then began blending shades of light green and needle felted them onto the background to form the rolling hills.
Step 11: Hills, Lake, Hobbit Holes and Clouds
Step 12: The Party Tree
Step 13: Pathway Out the Door
Step 14: Bilbo's Flowers
I used a simple pattern:
sc in 2nd ch from hook
*ch 2 or 3, sc into hole(the 2nd ch from hook above), repeat from * 5-6 times.
I made about 7-8 flowers of each colour.
I bent the end of a piece of wire into a spiral and poked the other end into the centre of the flower. The stem is about 5cm long. I covered the wire stem in glue and wrapped green embroidery floss around it tightly. I painted the spiral end of the wire with pink or yellow paint.
Step 15: Grass Gone to Seed
Step 16: Paint Inside of Door Frame
Step 17: Attaching Flowers
Step 18: Tolkien Quote
“The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say”
I downloaded a Tolkien Font called Tolkien Regular. I typed up the two lines and printed it off in several sizes (I wasn't sure which would fit best until I tried them out). I coated them with some Mod Podge and cut them out. I glued two strands of nylon thread to the backs and used it to hang the words from the inside of the door frame.
There is an extensive list of Tolkien quotes here if you want to use a different one.
Some other suitable quotes:
““All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.” (The Fellowship of the Ring)
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” (The Fellowship of the Ring)
“Little by little, one travels far”
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” (The Hobbit)
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure....."(The Hobbit)
Or similarly from the movie: "I am going on an adventure..."
“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.” (The Hobbit)
“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” (The Hobbit)
“Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To seek our pale enchanted gold....(The Hobbit)
“Home is behind, the world ahead,
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadows to the edge of night,
Until the stars are all alight.
Then world behind and home ahead,
We'll wander back and home to bed.
Mist and twilight, cloud and shade,
Away shall fade! Away shall fade!” (The Fellowship of the Ring- I think this is also part of the song Pippin sang to Denethor in the movie)
“I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led.(The Hobbit)
“For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.” (The Fellowship of the Ring)
“Fare well we call to hearth and hall
Though wind may blow and rain may fall
We must away ere break of day
Over the wood and mountain tall. . ."