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.
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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