07. 9 3/4 Sign and Brick Wall
Platform 9 3/4 sign
How could you have a Harry Potter Party and not have the famous platform 9 3/4 sign, its just not on.
For the 9 3/4 sign I cut two pieces of foam core to the size that I wanted and glued a piece of foam between them to give it some bulk. I was going to hang this from the ceiling with some chain I had in the garage.
Like the 21st sign, I printed a photo of the sign as a template and transferred it on the foam core with some carbon paper. I then painted the sides and back with flat black acrylic paint and left this to dry.
Helen next time don’t ask “Is there anything I can do to help”
Helen mixed the red paint and brushed it on the background and then sponged it so that the brush strokes wouldn’t be seen. For the lettering she simply used some gold paint and finished the outlines with a black permanent marker. The 9 3/4 was painted in black and finished the same way.
See that wasn’t that hard now was it.
Every one who has ever been a Harry Potter fan has wanted to run straight through a brick wall and journey to Hogwarts. I think it would be safe to say that some may have tried and have ended up flat on their back and with a headache to match.
This was not our intention for our guests, we wanted them to enter into that magical world safely even if it was just for one memorable night and one party that they would not forget.
Since party was going to be outside under our pergola, we had the perfect place to put the brick wall. It was the only entrance and the only way you could get to our pergola from inside the house once the set was up. This meant that none of the guests could peek at the set before hand, and they all had to go through one at a time.
For the brick wall at platform 9 3/4 we bought a white sheet from a goodwill shop for $2.00. We then cut it in half lengthwise and hemmed the sides. Now we had two pieces exactly the same width and height. I placed a old tarp on my work bench and stretched the sheet nice and tight and held it down with some clamps.
I cut a piece of soft foam to the shape of a brick this would be used as a stamp. Next we marked horizontal lines on the sheet (were the grout would be) so we had straight lines. This is important or it wouldn’t look realistic.
I mixed up some paint to match the color of real bricks and brushed it on the foam and then pressed it on to the fabric like a stamp. The foam gives it a textured look. Once the first sheet was dried I did the same thing to the other sheet. For some further detail I sprayed the bricks lightly with some black and some light yellow highlights, I only wanted enough for detail.
We put the sheet up temporarily to see how it looked. Because the sheet was quite thin we had some light coming through it and this ruined the brick look. It just didn’t look solid. We needed to block out any light so I attached another dark grey sheet to the back of each section of our brick wall, this did the job perfectly.
When we hung the sheets we found that any breeze at the time, would blowing the two halves apart, so we sewed some heavy sinkers to the bottom which worked quite well.
Finally we measure the drop of the entrance that lead to the pergola and the party. We had intentionally made it longer than we needed so that we could adjust the length as we hung it on the day of the party.
We had decided that we would hang our brick wall from a piece of wood as this let the fabric drop straight and hang flat. We could also overlapped the sheets in the middle on the one piece of wood so that it was exactly right width for the door way.
The easiest way to adjust the length was roll both sheets around the wood until it just touched the ground before fitting it in place.