Picture of Hobbit Door (With a View of the Shire)
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 In this instructable I have made a Hobbit door to hang on a wall, it is in fact Bilbo's (and Frodo"s) door.  When it is closed you see the inside of the door (within Bag End).  When you open the door you have a view from the Shire with a quote from Tolkien.

 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

Picture of 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)
  • Cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Picture hangers
  • Saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Pliers
  • Paint brushes
Shire landscape
  • Craft felt and/ or wool roving of various colours
  • Brown embroidery floss
  • Needle felting needles and sponge(foam)
  • Cardboard
  • Print-out of Tolkien quote
Bilbo's flowers
  • Embroidery floss in various colours
  • Crochet hook
  • Wire
  • Glue
  • Yellow and pink paint
  • Craft felt
  • Duct tape

Tessypoo made it!1 month ago

such a cool idea, I modified it to make it onto a cat door. Still have to add the hinges and lock and then install it.

ChrysN (author)  Tessypoo1 month ago

Awesome what a great idea to make it as a cat door.

grimguy12 years ago
I agree with zkhokhar. The thing IS a beauty!
zkhokhar2 years ago
This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Truly a thing of beauty. I'm a little afraid of diving into felting, so maybe I can manage something with paint and torn paper? Perhaps a little Shire-collage.

Actually, I'd like to adapt this into a small pendant. Either openable like yours or, if a nice hinge isn't feasible at that side, perhaps the Shire-view on the reverse of the door? I'll be busy plotting. Thank you so much for the inspiration!
ChrysN (author)  zkhokhar2 years ago
A small pendant would be really cool, I would love to see how it turns out.
sunshiine2 years ago
Congratulations ChrysN! I love this instructable, it is so different!
ChrysN (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks sunshiine!
Congratulations for winning Furnishings Special Judges' Prize in Furniture Contest. Great Show.
ChrysN (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thank you!
sunshiine2 years ago
I almost missed this. What a fantastic project. Your projects always inspire me! Thanks for sharing!
ChrysN (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you sunshiine!
sabrjns2 years ago
You could also use puffy paint or fabric paint
qcidiana2 years ago
Brings fond memories just looking at it, I really enjoyed the books.
Azzurro2 years ago
The idea is very good! However you could have done it a lot better... Try a second one ;)
tschuessler2 years ago
i'm not sure if you are aware , but they do make colored hot glue. i get mine at jo-anns. it cost just a smidge more than normal hot glue, but it would save you a lot of trouble on this step to use it. :)
Cool! I'm going to try something like this for my mum :)
Boppylop2 years ago
cool idea. my only peeve with this is that the handle is supposed to be in center of the door.
I really like it :) nice work :)
ChrysN (author)  Peris The Majestic2 years ago
This is really nice, and I'd jump at the oppertunity to make something like this! If only I knew how to use needle felt, or even how to knit, haha ^^'
Nice work on this. I'd screw it up though, and use Robert Frost on my version.
ChrysN (author)  balloondoggle2 years ago
That's not a bad idea, you could have two pathways leading from the door, and quote the poem "The road not taken".
SeamusDubh2 years ago
Trick for making the Ironwork easier.
Place you Image of the ironwork under a sheet of glass and apply hotglue to that.
It will peal off easier and no need to trim off the paper mess.
ChrysN (author)  SeamusDubh2 years ago
Great advice! Thank you!
lindarose922 years ago
This is so beautiful, I love it!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
Such attention to detail, I think this is really neat.
What a LOVELY piece of work!

A really nice project and a well documented Instructable.

Have you heard of "Fairy Doors"?
I had not heard of them and googled it. Now I have an idea for my fairy-obsessed daughter! Thanks!
ChrysN (author)  Dream Dragon2 years ago
Yes, I have seen some fairy doors, they are so cute. My door is a bit bigger but I guess it could be scaled down.
Lovely is the word. I felt a little shiver of spring and adventure when I saw the open door!
iceng2 years ago
You have wonderfully capable hands and a very creative re-purposing mind !!!

As an example you are the ultimate 3D printer with the ornate ironwork :)

ChrysN (author)  iceng2 years ago
I'm going to make a hobbit door for our garden, I think I will draw some inspiration from you, maybe even the idea of making it so that it can be opened... Thanks for sharing!
ChrysN (author)  Dominic Bender2 years ago
Cool, I'd love to see it when your done.
seamster2 years ago
This is great!
depotdevoid2 years ago
That's beautiful!
Lorddrake2 years ago
absolutely wonderful. GREAT JOB!