Had I known it was going to be 3 months of work I may not have done it, but I do think I came up with something very special and unique for her.
I apologize in advance. I have done a few Instrucatables before and documented them all step by step, but I didn't think I would end up posting this so I don't have a lot of step by step images.
Take what you can from this and make it your own! :)
I am happy to answer any questions.
Step 1: Get a Monopoly Set
The board will be essential in gluing down your board print out onto (but more on that later).
The main reason you need to grab a copy of Monopoly is because of the house/hotel pieces.
More importantly, you can choose to not print out new Chance / Community Chest cards, even money if you decide (Although, most all the fun is in the aesthetics if you ask me!).
Houses and Hotels
All the houses and hotels have stayed the same. It is important to keep the same amount of houses and hotels as the original in case of building shortages. So I re-used these pieces.
I ran out of time to try and replace them with something a little more unique (I would have liked to have done castle pieces).
Step 2: Create Your Box (Trunk)
The tray was not actually part of the trunk purchase, I had to create that separately.
For the tray to sit in the trunk I added four little gold L brackets for it to sit on. I made the tray out of 1" block pieces. I cut them to size and nailed the outside square into place. Once I had the general square outside, I added a back piece. I then added the individual divider blocks and put them into place using wood glue. Once dried, I added the holes in the middle brace for the handle. I stained the entire tray with mahogany stain, followed by multiple clear coats after drying.
Your Box does not have to be a trunk. You can also put it all in a normal monopoly box, maybe even dress that up a bit.
Step 3: Create Your Tokens
For the diary I ordered a handmade charm off of Etsy from jellybeanjunction. I then sculpted on the whole from the basilisk fang. It was then repainted a darker color with a little bit of blood.
The Ring with the resurrection stone was an easy one. A really low cost replica from overseas. Purchased from simplejewelrysale.
Slytherin Locket (Fake)
The locket was fun to make. I bought a pair of earrings from Michaels craft store that had glass on each side. It actually unlocked and opened so I printed a picture of the locket as well as the note saying one was a fake. Put them inside and closed it back up. I also took off the ear hooks and replaced them with a small section of chain to make it look like it belongs on the neck.
The cup was actually just a doll house cup, but I couldn't have found a better one. This was another purchase on Etsy from MyVintageFix.
It's hard to find Diadems in the size I was looking for, but eventually found what I needed on Ebay. It is a metal Barbie tiara.
I thought of a lot of things to use to represent Harry Potter, but decided on another Etsy purchase from Williba. This was great as I got it in my wife's size, so she can wear it and be reminded of her gift whenever she likes. I had a lot of people suggest a Lego Harry, but in the end, I didn't think that fit the overall style I was going for.
For Nagini I decided to use a fang as I was not having much luck with finding the right snake token. I think it's overall look worked great! It is actually an acrylic horn necklace from Michaels craft store. I just easily pulled the horn off of the necklace (it was just held by glue) and peeled all the extra bits of glue off.
Step 4: Upgrade those Dice!
Step 5: Be Your Own Mint (Print some Money/Galleon Vouchers)
There aren't many "Galleon" replicas out there and the ones that are, they're pricey (especially when you're looking for 100 or more). So I went with replica doubloons. I got silver for 1's (to somewhat resemble "Knuts" even though all the currency in the game is considered "Galleons") and gold for the 5's. The coins add an amazing feel when playing the game!
I got my coins off of Ebay from greatamericancoinco.
The 4 bills that are considered "money" in Monopoly have actually been made as "Galleon Vouchers". These took a crazy amount of time to design, but I love how they came out.
The bill has been designed with the following elements.
Traditional Monopoly Backing
Famous Witch or Wizard Bill Face
Ministry of Magic Watermark
Serial Numbers (Meaningful Dates in My Wife's Life)
International Confederation of Wizards banner
Step 6: Print Your Cards (Property, Community Chest and Chance)
All the card's text has been changed to wizard related terms or events.
Ministry Cards (Chance)
All the card's text has been changed to wizard related terms or events.
All of the property cards have been changed over to what I chose them to be. All my Harry Potter fan co-workers had there opinions of what should have gone where, but in the end I chose what I chose for multiple reasons. Each property card has all the standard information (property rent cost, housing/hotel costs, mortgage cost) as well as information about each property pulled from the Harry Potter Wikipedia.
Each property was changed to a relevant property. Here is the list.
02. - Railview Hotel
03. - Hut on the Rock
04. - Shrieking Shack
05. - Guant Shack
06. - Spinner's End
07. - Dervish and Banges
08. - Potter Cottage
09. - The Lovegood House
10. - The Leaky Cauldron
11. - Riddle House
12. - 12 Grimmauld Place
13. - The Burrow
14. - Hog's Head
15. - Zonko's Joke Shop
16. - Honeydukes
17. - Ollivander's Wand Shop
18. - Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes
19. - Three Broomsticks Inn
20. - Shell Cottage
21. - Malfoy Manor
22. - Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Step 7: Print Your Instruction Booklet
Print the instructions using the booklet option in Adobe Reader.
Some example changes include the following:
Player - Wizard
Bank - Gringotts
The Banker - The Goblin
Token - Horcrux
Attached is the full re-written instructions in PDF format.
Step 8: Create the Board
I have also seen some on Etsy for a digital download. I actually bought one, but ended up creating my own as I thought the persons design was not up to par.
Once you have the image you are going to use. Print it out to the size of the monopoly board (20"x20"). I actually had my board printed at an office store on the poster printer. It has a sleek gloss and is very thick, a much better surface than normal paper.
Use some 3M spray adhesive (Get it from Amazon, it's so much cheaper than in the stores) and lightly coat the Monopoly board with it. Be very careful to stick the printed board on straight. Once on, you will not be able to move it. This stuff is super sticky.
If you got a quad fold board like I did. You will need to cut completely through the already cut side to allow it to fold, as well as lightly score the printed out layer of the other board fold, to allow it to bend.
Step 9: Make it Fun: Add Props!!
I am so glad I added them! They were one of the major highlights of the game!
Here is a list of the props I added, pick and choose the props for your own. :)
Lion Beanie (To represent the Luna's Gryffindor Qudditch Mascot Headwear)
I already had mine actually, got it at a Macy's age's ago. Looks like Amazon has them though.
Harry Potter Glasses
The Elder Wand
Luna Lovegood Glasses
Harry Potter Snuggie
Time Turner Necklace
Step 10: Put it Together to Create the Best Monopoly Ever!!
I wish I had documented the process more.
Anyone that would like a complete set made for them, or just the digital files to make their own can visit my Etsy store here.
Good luck and have fun! :)