We are Universal Studios Annual Pass holders, but alas, Universal is 2 hours away, so we can’t be there every day. In fact, it has been a couple of months since we had our fix of WWoHP; how sad is that? Well, since we can’t live in the theme parks (they tend to frown on that), I decided I would create our very own Hog’s Head Pub wall right in our dining room. It turned out to be a larger project than I originally expected, so I will break it down into parts, as I’m certain that it will take more the one day to finish it.
The two photos directly below are some I snapped while we were in the Hog’s Head Pub at WWoHP recently.
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Part 1 of the Project will be fonts, materials for the casks, the tools I used, and basic overview of assembly.
Part 2 of the Project will consist of the hog head itself. (Yes, let that sink in! We will be removing a head from a stuffed Hog and mounting it on the wall. Otherwise, its not a full re-creation).
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List of Materials for the Casks
I used left over Parmesan Cheese wheel boxes from a local deli that saved them for me. Using these added lots of extra steps, which I will still share with you in case you can get your hands on those types of boxes as well. Getting boxes this way was free for me since I work in a grocery store. Note: You will not need the lids for this project.
-Cask body – You have a few options here. (see above) But I would say that the easiest/quickest option would to be get some of those large 10″+ paper mache craft boxes. I am sure there are more options online if you go digging for them. I searched for large round hat box. Just remember if you go this route it will probably not be as strong as the wooden crates, but then again does it really need to be? PLEASE NOTE papier-mâché (yes, that’s the correct spelling) boxes will need different materials from those needed for wooden crates. Don’t worry! To avoid confusion I will separate those supply lists at the end.
-Font/Stencils- I used my Cricut Design Space™ program, but if you don’t have access to that, never fear. You can use a text editing program just as well, then print your words to your size specifications and cut them by hand. We will go into that in more detail later.
-Material to make stencils (Card stock/vinyl/stencil sheets)
–Spigots (taps) for the casks. There are lots of options, but this is the one I chose for my project because I liked the look of them best.
-Brushes to apply paint/stain/polyurethane
–Cricut, X-acto, or other razor knife for crafts The Cricut is the one I prefer simply because the blade doesn’t slip around on you (comes in several colors, not that the color matters much).
-Water to clean brushes and thin paint as needed
-Mineral Spirits if using oil-based stains
-Dish/plate/palette to hold paint
-Place to paint/stain/polyurethane. I like to use my old ‘painted over’ flexible cutting mat and/or some folded-up boxes to make clean up super easy.
-Wooden crate tools – Drill and drill bit to drill hole for the spigot to fit into (my original plan was to glue it but I spent so much time on this I didn’t want it to look sloppy) I had my partner in crime help me with this. He says a regular drill bit will do the job but he used a Forstner bit for a much cleaner job. The size bit you will need depends on the size of the spigot you choose.
-Wooden crate tools – Sandpaper (the wood usually needs some TLC)
-Wooden Crate materials – Polyurethane or other clear finish to seal it.
-Wooden Crate tools – Wood burning tool I used this for the letters as I am a glutton for punishment and I wanted to learn a new skill (still working on that), but it came out nice and authentic looking in the end. For my first ever wood burning project I am very happy with it.
-Papier-mâché boxes- Glossy Acrylic Paint
OK…whew! Now that we have the supplies sorted, lets get down to the fun stuff!
I took some of our photos from our last visit and used them as an outline for my plans. Now, I must tell you that scouring the internet for the specific font used here was a headache-and-a-half. The font used for the Hog’s Head brew wasn’t so bad to find it is Mephisto you just have to download it from a free font site.
As for the Butterbeer font, that involved jumping through many, many hoops. The fonts used at the parks are all copyrighted (as they should be), and I guess I could have used just any old font and it would have been fine. HA! No! Not me! Why do it the easy way? I ended up taking a really good photo of the barrel and converting it to a SVG, and I still ended up doing it by hand. If I ever find a font close to it, I will let you know!
But nevertheless, I made it work in the end. That was honestly the hardest part of the project. You could easily even free-hand the words and save yourself a lot of steps.
Those of you who are familiar with Cricut Design Space™ know what to do. Simply size the text file to your specifications and cut your stencil. Optionally, you can use a text/word program, print the text onto card stock, cut out the letters, and then follow the other steps. I am showing the labor intensive route (wooden crate) first. Instructions for optional materials and methods will follow.
Wooden Box Prep
Sand the wooden box so that all edges smooth.
a) Apply your stencil to the bottom of your box. 2.b) Trace the outline of the text with a pencil onto the box, then remove the stencil, leaving the outline.
Use the drill and bit of your choice that fits your spigot and drill the hole for your tap. In my project, I put my taps close to the middle as in the original inspiration photo from the theme parks. Naturally, that would never work if it were real, since once the cask would be half empty you’d have to tip it over for each use. However, this one is just a prop and I wanted to copy the one from My Happy Place -WWOHP.
Get your trusty wood burning tool and start burning out your text.
Once you have the text burned to your liking, you can then move on the the wood staining step.
Wooden Box Finishing
Stain your box to your desired color. Allow to dry completely before applying final finish.
Apply Polyurethane and allow to dry and cure per product’s instructions.
Attach tap onto Cask. HUZZAH! You are finished with Wooden Box Part 1!
Painting directions for Papier-mâché Boxes
Apply your stencil to bottom of the box. Trace outline onto the box with a pencil and remove the stencil, leaving the outline.
Use the X-acto knife to cut a hole for your spigot. You may want to use a compass or circle template. Since I did not use this type of box, I can’s be sure if a drill bit will work smoothly, but drilling should work if you use a piece of scrap wood for backing.
Paint the box your desired color. Allow to dry and cure.
Apply Mod Podge if you like. Allow to dry and cure.
Attach tap onto Cask. HUZZAH! You are finished with Papier-mâché Box Part 1!
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