Every trip to the WWoHP in Orlando, FL we spend a good amount of time taking photos of all the shop signs. Yes, every trip. I love them, the details and the ambiance alone just makes me smile. There are times when even a pass-holder can not go to the parks as often as they like. Sometimes even months at a time, because of either work, weather, or health, etc.
I was in Michael’s the other day and they had some of the wooden shop signs on sale, so I bought two of them for starters. And decided I needed more and scurried back and got a few more.
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Ooh, our walls are in trouble now! I will recreate signs and put them everywhere! I couldn’t decide which sign to make first, I wanted to make Knockturn Alley, but I want to take the time and make the pointing hand correctly. I will make that one at a later date. I settled on a few simpler ones.
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*Throws floo powder…
First, we’ll go to (yells) Diagon Alley! Then, pop by Borgin and Burkes, and next take the Hogwarts Express up to the Three Broomsticks.
Getting the Diagon Alley to look like I wanted and match a few Google images I liked took forever. I had Joe search through fonts (it’s OK he loves to play with fonts) until he found the correct one it is Gentium Basic or Gentium Book fonts . Border file in the optional step towards the end of post. Files sized, designed and layout made in Cricut Design Space™.
Borgin and Burkes
This one took a bit longer, but not near as time consuming and the Hogwarts Express. I know this one isn’t the sign itself but a cleaned up version of the logo, which I just love. It was time consuming and not totally 100%, but it suits me and is my new favorite thing. If I didn’t have my happy artwork helper I’d go mad trying to make it work like I want or just not do the project. That, or I would royally mess it up, look like poo, and be upset as all get out for wasting supplies and time. The base font for B&B was Augusta, and for other text was Browallia New. For this sign I layered the background colors to make it look dark and aged.
The font was particularly nerve wracking! It took Joe about 4 hours to come up with a pieced together vector file so it would line up properly. I wanted the same font as on the Hogwarts Express pillow I bought. Those “R’s” where super tricky. The base font for the text can be Day Roman, Trajanus Roman, Bamboo, or Bludhaven, depending upon the type of “R” and “W” you prefer.
Tip for painting the 9 3/4 logo paint the white circle first, allow to dry apply vinyl and paint the black outlines.
Thank you Joe!
You are the BEST!
The Three Broomsticks
I found an image online and cleaned it up. Most of the files had all the little flecks on them, but I ignored them. The sign isn’t that large so I didn’t even bother with that. This one was the fastest and easiest to do.
- Wooden Signs
- Glossy acrylic paint and a place to paint
- mini-foam roller (makes for a smooth finish)
- paint cleaning supplies
- removable vinyl (using Cricut) OR card stock (using printer)
- transfer tape
- scissors and Cricut Weeding tools OR X-acto knife (printer)
- picture hanger clip things
- Modpodge or gloss clear Sealer if desired
- chipboard or matboard – (for using with a Cricut Maker you will need the knife blade for this) Optional (Specifically for Diagon Alley)
- wood glue
- Stencil material Optional (Hogwarts Express only)
Steps for all signs
Sand and decide on the color paint you want to use.
To apply main background paint to the signs, I suggest using a mini foam roller. It makes the strokes smooth and gives a nice finish.
Size files to fit your signs NOTE– each sign is different.
Print vinyl/card stock stencil
(Diagon Alley has optional steps)
Weed out all the bits you don’t need apply stencil to sign, being sure to firmly smooth down all the edges. to avoid naughty paint from leaching away gentle apply paint. You can always touch up errors later (Hogwarts Express has an optional step -for the crest which I found much easier) Leave vinyl while it dries, to avoid messes.
Allow to dry THEN remove vinyl and attach sign hangers
Optional steps for Diagon Alley
To get the border measured accurately was a bit tricky. We took a straight on photo of the sign and converted it to black and white. Next I made a SVG file of just a outline of the border there I did the hard work.
I had to cut the image into sections to fit on my chipboard. Cut the letters and frame out of chipboard or matboard using a Cricut Maker (only Cricut that has a knife blade to cut heavier wood). Paint the letters and the frame and apply to sign using wood glue. I really like how this stands out, and looks like a raised letter street sign.
Optional step for Hogwarts Express
Cut the crest out of stencil material, I used the plastic canvas setting for this brand of material. Measure on the sign where you want it and mark it. Paint house colors so it lines up under the stencil material. Allow to dry and remove the stencil. Paint the stencil gold, dry and glue over the house colors so it lines up. This method was much easier for me, I tried to use the same method as before with the letters and my vinyl kept ripping since it was so small. And I like the look of this once it was done, it makes it stand out more.
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