This is madam malkins robe shop. On this store front I went with a window and some brickwork. I used photos of this shop from the wizarding world of Harry Potter at universal studios. The building is light grey brick with a lot of purple trim and detail. This is my very small, compact, lightweight cardboard interpretation.
Tools and supplies for 1 store front: 3-4 school cardboard project trifolds, duct tape, cutting board, heavy duty craft knife, metal square, ruler, yardstick, scissors, homemade window stencil, spray paint, craft paint, pencil or pen, felt, hot glue gun, 2 - 4' x 1" wide strips of wood or wood dowels. Optional: tiny plastic led lantern, string of led moon lights, brick stencil, star stencil,
The first thing to do is create a window pane stencil. Do this by using an 8.5"X11" piece of card stock and creating a 1" frame around it. This will b each window pane. Decide if you want windows or a door and stencil the design accordingly. Note how different each of my store fronts are. I did this on purpose so I would have variety. Wiseacres has a door instead of a window. Use the cutting board and craft knife and metal square to cut out the inside of each window pane.
It takes 2-1/2 boards to create one store front. You can see where I duct taped the pieces together to create one unit. I used black duct tape. The pieces need to b taped together in such a way that allows you to fold them over later for easy storage. This is a quality you will truly appreciate later.
Here's the taping trick: pretend the center board of the project is the main piece. So from there, the top piece needs to fold backward from the center piece. Therefore if you stack the pieces together as they will b when they are folded down and then tape them together. the tape will have the slack it needs to fold later for storage. For the bottom piece, do the same, but it will fold forward to lay on top the centerpiece.
Use spray paint for the base paint. Then go back afterwards and highlight and shadow with craft paint. The spray paint goes on thin. If u use craft paint for the entire project, the cardboard might warp. Borgin and burkes was my prototype. I used craft paint for the project and it warped a little bit. I also used a brick stencil and light grey spray paint for the brickwork. It went fast this way. I then added some dimension to the brick with a grey craft paint.
I recently has an inquiry about how I built this portable moaning myrtle sink basin. This unit was built with cardboard, decorative wood trim from craft store, wood dowels, shoelaces, plastic cut able mirror and many layers of craft paint. It also houses a hidden surprise. Much like the real sink basin.
Tip: Use the backside of the booze bottles. Recycle your existing food/beverage bottles and use homemade or my potion labels. A bag of assorted corks and a bit of ribbon and twine will look authentic. I used a recycled Starbucks frap bottle for the enchanted sips. I used the original bottle for the cinnamon broom sticks. I got a few other bottles from the dollar store and craft store.
Witch crafts from the restricted section for Harry Potter fans! DIY how to decorate a cigar style box for your magical menagerie. Don't forget the undetectable extension charm!
I used a lot of different art media to create this look. I used a bit of everything. So have a closer look at the picture with the crafting supplies. Use whatever you have on hand. Use your favorite crafting products. Also, don't be afraid to make and cut your own image. I hand cut this cauldron out of scrapbook paper. I sanded the edges to make it look distressed. I wanted the cauldron to be big, so I had to make it myself to get the size I wanted.
The restricted section for hp fans! Coming soon! Polybooze potion, eggxorcism, skelegro, fantastic beasts scavenger hunt, freebies, etc. for 18 years and older.
I found this vintage spice cabinet at Salvation Army for $10. It included all the spice bottles. All I had to do was replace the glass front and make custom Harry Potter potion labels. Here are some of the tools and supplies u will need. My labels are free if u like them. It took 8hrs. To design and create the potion labels. All together this project took two days. If u use my labels, it should only take u one day.
Remove unwanted glass front. Here's how I did it. It was fast and easy. I took the cabinet outside and laid it in the grass next to the trash can. Slide the cabinet door in a paper bag. Give the bag one good wack with the hammer. Carefully shake the glass out while it is still in bag. Stuff crumpled newspaper into bag. Place bag in trash.
OPTIONAL. If u are into multimedia u can have some fun with the labels. Here's what I did. With assorted stains, I flicked drops of 'spilled potion' onto the labels and scrolls. I rubbed distress ink here and here with blotter. I repeated this process with galaxy gold ink. I sprayed shimmer spray into papers. I added a bit of color to a few labels with distress markers then water colored them.
Cheers! I'm Erin Hellebuck. The nutter artist who loves to make things inspired by the wondrous world of Harry Potter. I have a husband, kids and dogs. I've read all the books and seen all the movies. As my fascination with HP grows...so does my odd assortment of hand crafted HP artifacts. It is time to share so you can be an HP nutter too! Thanks for visiting,
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