Harry Potter Laundry

I love Pinterest.  I mean, browsing it is part of my nightly pre-bed routine!  Sometimes I'm looking for something to do, make, or eat.  Sometimes I'm just trying to organize the mass of pins I've already collected.  If you've been on Pinterest any time (P.S. Follow Us on Pinterest) you've seen this pin or some variation of it:

For some art based projects I find on Pinterest, I need the full step-by-step. Some pins let me use the original photo as inspiration for what I want to do myself.  In this case, I used the pin as a guide, and I want to show you a few tricks that may make this cute project seem less daunting to those of you who, like me, shy away from the high skill level art projects!

First step: The Supplies

You'll need:
1 board to act as your backboard ( I bought mine pre-cut and pre-packaged from  craft store.  It's 5.25 inches x 12 inches)
1 pack of clothes pins (I knew my family had some heavy socks...I like my toe socks, don't judge!...so I made a slightly higher monetary investment for some full sized clothes pins that could hold up to our sock collection)
Access to a Printer
Any Paint Colors You Decide to Use (I stuck with a simplistic black only look)
Paint Brush
Hot Glue Gun
Photo of board and clothes pins bought at a local craft store.

Step Two: Lettering

I have friends who majored in art and are pros when it comes to lettering and having discussions on the history of certain fonts.  Because of this, I usually stay away from anything that I have to letter free-hand. Thankfully this is not one of those times!  Using your printer, and the trusty interwebs, find the font that you want and print out your sign's wording.

For my lettering I went to  Dafont

So, here's where you have to stay with me for just a bit.  After you've printed your sign's wording, use your pencil to cover/trace the lettering from the back of the paper.  It'll look kind of odd to you at first, but your goal is to cover the entire letter from the back with pencil lead.  The next two photos show you the idea.

You don't have to cover the entire word either! With the "S" on Save, I realized that I was running out of pencil so I just covered the letter rather than trying to connect it with the other letters.  When you've covered all of the letters, flip the paper right side up and place the lettering where you'd like it to appear on your board (Sorry, forgot to photo this step).  Be sure to secure the paper with tape so that it does not move away from your desired positioning.

Next, take a pen and trace over the letters from the front side of the paper.  If you look at the image below, you can see where I traced, with a pen, the lines of the printed letters.  The purpose of this is that you are transferring the pencil lead on the other side of the paper to the board!

When you finish tracing, you should have something that looks like this:

After doing all of this, I went back to the original pin to see how she did her lettering, and she actually printed and mod-podged all of her text and background to the sign.  I'm actually glad I didn't go the mod-podge route as I liked the look of the wood and would have wanted to keep that!  You can use this same technique to add anything else to your sign: The Hogwarts crest? S.P.E.W approved? Customize your board however you'd like.  

After lettering, it's all about painting your lettering and hot gluing clothes pins to your sign!  Here's my finished product.  I'll have to wait to show you where it ends up hanging as I haven't picked a spot yet!

Do you have any secrets for sign lettering? See you next week!

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