Use the pencil transfer method to create a fun Three Broomsticks sign! Perfect for party or home decor!
It’s that time of year again – time for some Harry Potter-themed crafting! This time I’m sharing a fun DIY Harry Potter Sign! Harry Potter’s birthday is coming up on July 31st. To Celebrate I love posting Harry Potter craft tutorials at the end of July. You can see all of my past HP crafts here – including my huge Harry Potter directional sign. It was one of the largest craft projects I’ve ever made AND it was Harry Potter-themed – so it is a personal favorite of mine!
I created that huge directional sign for my friend’s Harry Potter-themed wedding. The wedding was amazing! The reception was held in a library, which created the perfect backdrop. They didn’t need a ton of decorations since the space was already interesting and beautiful on its own. They did ask me to create some Harry Potter-themed signs to place around the venue, which I was excited to do. The directional sign was one of them, but I also created this Three Broomsticks sign that hung over the bar.
I love how the sign instantly gave this area of the reception a Harry Potter vibe. For the directional sign, I relied heavily on my Cricut Explore cutting machine to help create the intricate lettering out of vinyl or to create stencils to use with paint. For this sign I took a completely different approach and created it using a pencil transfer technique. I love this technique and it doesn’t require any fancy equipment other than a printer. The imperfections that come with hand painting a sign were perfect for this project. They added the rustic and worn feel I was going for. I added the couple’s names and their wedding date to the back of the sign and it made an excellent keepsake for the bride and groom. :)
Below is the tutorial. You can use this same process to create other signs as well – just switch up the image you are printing and follow the same steps.
DIY Three Broomsticks Sign
- Wooden sign – I used two wooden signs from Michaels glued together. I did the same thing when I made my Shenanigans sign. You could, of course, assemble and stain your own wooden sign, but I find this quicker and easier.
- White pencil
- Adobe Photoshop and Printer
- White Paint and paint brushes in multiple sizes
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Create the image you are going to transfer.
The first step is printing a Three Broomsticks image. Search online for an image and print it to fit the size of your sign.
I needed to uncheck a few boxes when it came time to print, like “scale to fit media” and “center image”. Once those boxes were unchecked, I set the scale to 100% and then moved the image around in the preview window to print each part of my large image. It took about 9 sheets of paper to fit the entire image and once printed, I taped them together.
Step Two: Transfer the image onto the wooden board.
Color over the back of the image with white pencil. I used a white pencil because my wooden sign was a dark brown. If your wooden sign is white or light colored, you can use a regular pencil. When coloring the back of my image, I could see the design through the paper so I concentrated my white pencil to those areas and made sure everything was covered.
My white pencil was almost completely gone when I was all finished!
Next, position the image onto the wooden boards. I purchased two wooden boards from Michaels and glued them together using Elmer’s wood glue. Tape the image into place so it won’t shift as you trace it.
Trace over the image with a regular pencil pressing hard enough to transfer the white pencil to the board, but not too hard that you indent the board. Lift up a corner to make sure you are pressing a good amount and the image is being transferred. Then continue tracing the entire design.
Below you can see my wooden sign once the complete image had been transferred.
Step Three: Paint the sign following your transfer.
The fun part! Time to paint the sign following the traced markings. I used an off-white paint so the words weren’t too bright. Work from the top down and take your time. Use a small brush for the small parts and don’t worry if there are imperfections. From far away you won’t be able to see them and up close they add to the worn and rustic look.
Painting curves over the gaps in the wooden boards was a bit tricky. I decided not to try to fill in the gaps with paint but to just keep the paint on the surface.
Below you can see my sign after I finished painting everything.
The sign turned out exactly as I was hoping. It was perfect to place over the bar area at my friend’s wedding! I love using the pencil-transfer method on signs. I’ve blogged about the technique before when I created my Watermelon Summer Sign and my Shenanigans sign.
I’ll be back next week with another DIY Harry Potter craft to share with you! In the meantime, check out my fun Harry Potter Crafts gallery below for more fun ideas :)
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