Want to make your own DIY Platform 9 3/4 sign??? It’s easy. I am so happy with how my Hogwarts Express sign turned out. Last spring I threw my 11 year old son a Harry Potter Party. The kids (and adults) loved my sign. It was probably my favorite decoration. And it’s still happily hanging next to my door. It’s fun inviting people in and finding out they love Harry Potter too! Later this month we will be celebrating his birthday with friends and treats! And I think this sign will be a new school picture spot for the first day of school. I’m sure Mrs. Weasley would have snapped a picture with her darling redheads in front of the sign if she wasn’t always running late.
You can click below to get the Silhouette Cut file
Want to Make Your Own 9 ¾ Hogwarts Express Sign?
Use this Silhouette Stencil to create your own 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express Sign
DIY Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express Sign Tutorial
- Rectangle piece of wood. Mine was 24 x 9 inches
- Painters Tape
- Gold Spray Paint
- Burgundy, black, and white paint
- Gold paint
- Vinyl (I love Expressions Vinyl)
- Cameo Silhouette
- Sign Bracket
- Black Chain
- Screw eyes
First I sprayed the edges of my board with Gold spray paint. It doesn’t have to be perfect. After is has dried, tape off a border with painting tape. Be sure to keep your tape straight.
Apply two coats of your burgundy paint next.
After that has dried you can apply a circle stencil larger than your 9 3/4 symbol. I love using my Cameo Silhouette to make stencils out of vinyl. Apply two coats of white for your circle. Be sure to be patient while you are letting it dry. That’s probably the hardest part of the project. I also applied my Hogwarts Express stencil. Remember that when you are making a stencil you want to weed out the actual letters and use the leftover vinyl. I also painted my letters white to help my gold really stand out.
I wish I would have measured out my letters and sign and marked where it would be centered. I just went for it. So make sure to figure out your measurements so your sign can look better than mine.
I loved using Folk Art’s Metallic line in Inca Gold for my Hogwarts sign! The sparkle really makes it stand out. This line of paint was also really great for creating the wands I made for the kids.
Once your white circle is good and dry you can use your 9 3/4 stencil and paint your numbers in black. By boys were so excited when they saw this sign!!! And with four kids, and 3 more Harry Potter Parties to go, I know we will get good use out of it.
Now finding a fancy sign holder took a little more time. Luckily I finally found one at Hobby Lobby. But you can check out this one, which I think I like better. It’s hard to search for something if you aren’t sure what it is called. I like the one with the longer bracket arm because I think it would make it easier to hang your sign straight, with the weight distributed better. I also picked up some black chain, which might not be needed with the bracket listed above. Don’t forget to screw eyes for the top of your sign. I would also suggest spraying a sealer over your sign so it can last through the years.
There you have it! If you hurry and make your sign you can have it by September 1st. I’m so happy I can share this project with you. And I really appreciate you reading my blog and helping to support my little family. And in case this is your first time here, our family loves Harry Potter. I love when my daughter tells me she’s brave like Ginny. Or when she encouraged her brother to be brave for his shots, like Harry. It’s fun seeing my kids talk about Harry Potter together. My oldest has finished the series, but still enjoy listening to me read the first book to his littlest brother. I love that we can keep experiencing the magic together.
Or if you have some extra cash you can buy one here. They even have the little Hogwarts symbol I am missing.
Here are some other great Harry Potter Items for throwing a Party
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