I have a confession to make. I am a huge Harry Potter fan.
Perhaps that's not overly surprising, considering I make things like magic wands just for fun and decorate my house with pretend potion bottles.
This lawn sign was inspired by an image I saw of a similar directional sign with the names of different places from children's literature. My first thought was that it would be perfect to place beside our Little Free Library. But when I decided to make it Harry Potter-themed, I was even more eager to get started!
- Scrap wood (I used re-purposed fence panels and cut them to size with a saw)
- Foam brush
- Craft paints (I used both Americana and DecoArt's Patio Paint - I just love the latter's Glorious Gold color!)
- Vinyl (black), transfer tape and die cutting machine or vinyl stickers
First things first - finding the wood. I highly suggest checking out places like Craigslist or Freecycle. We were lucky enough to find someone giving away these fence panels via Nextdoor.com, and while they weren't right for the project my husband was looking to do, I knew they'd be just right for something like this!
When the panels were cut down to a more manageable size, I painted them with my craft paint. My junior helper was content painting another panel while I worked, so we were both content. (Win!)
I choose places from the Harry Potter book series that were particularly prominent or just a favorite of mine - The Burrow, Diagon Alley, Honeydukes, Ollivander's, and of course Hogwarts! I used different fonts for each.
After adding a few names with the vinyl, I was feeling a little over-confident and decided to try painting them. I'm no great shakes at free-lettering, but surely anyone can paint some lovely letters using a sticky stencil, am I right? Um, no. All went well with the vinyl stencil...
but this one definitely gets chalked up as a crafting fail. (Eek!)
Once I got that attempt out of my system, the rest of the project went smoothly. Finally, I attached the boards to one uncut fence board with nails.
When all was done, we hammered it into the front yard, just behind our Little Library.
One year later, it has withstood a New England winter and a rainy summer and is still going strong! (And I didn't even use the outdoor vinyl!) Mischief managed!