DIY Harry Potter Series – Platform 9 3/4 hanging sign

IMG_4351I made this as part of the decor for my Harry Potter tree for Christmas last year. It took two days to complete and looks great.

Plus, I sold two of these on eBay for a great price in their collectibles section and feel quite proud 😀 😀

What you need: 

  • An unfinished wood panel (available at any craft store)
  • A hanging bracket + chains (available at any hardware store; cheaper from Amazon)
  • Two screw eyes and a hammer / drill (Amazon works out cheaper)
  • Krylon Cherry Red Spray Paint (from Joann’s)
  • Metallic gold paint pen (Chisel fine tip and Large tip; from Michaels)
  • Black sharpie, clear tape, glue
  • Small cutout of the 9 3/4 sign (the size will depend on the size of your panel; I used google images)

What you do:

To hang your sign – I was lucky enough to have a wood sign that came with a hanging wire so I didn’t have to worry about attaching the hanging accessories. I will explain how to do it here.

  • Use the drill / hammer to attach the screw eyes to the top corners of the panel.
  • Attach the chains (same length) through both eyes and connect them to the bracket (the bracket should come with attach-able hardware).
  • Follow directions in the purchased kit to attach the bracket to the wall.

To make the sign

  1. Cover an inch from each side of the panel with washi tape (easiest to peel off without making a mess). Paint the panel with the cherry red (use 2-3 coats and let dry overnight; make sure to cover the floor to prevent stains). IMG_3872
  2. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape carefully. Use the large gold paint pen to cover the four sides (forming a border) and let dry.                                                                           IMG_3883
  3. Use glue to stick the 9 3/4 cutout at the center of the panel (right under the top gold border).
  4. Using google images as a reference, I used the black sharpie to write out HOGWARTS EXPRESS under the cutout (If you make a  mistake, you can erase it by gently wiping with alcohol).
  5. Cover the black with the thin chisel tip gold pen and let dry.                                                         IMG_4351

6 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s a perfect gift for all Harry potter fans 😀


    1. I know right? And any old sign or hanging home decor item can be converted to look like it 😁


      1. And it’s makes the room look so good too 😀

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  2. Claire S. says:

    Oh wow! I’ve always wanted my own platform 9 3/4 sign and now I can finally make one! Thank you for an amazing post!


    1. You’re welcome 🙂 Thanks for the words.

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      1. Claire S. says:

        No worries! Keep making great things!

        Liked by 1 person

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