Wizarding World Portraits - Harry Potter Party Decorations

About: Hello, all! Just started creating my own Halloween props last year. I have also cosplayed several times. I am a big Harry Potter fan and draw most of my creating inspiration from that.

Whether it be a secret entrance to a common room, or a guiding hand on navigating the many corridors and towers or Hogwarts; the Portraits of Hogwarts play a recurring role in the day-to-day life of Hogwarts students. That is why I felt no Harry Potter Halloween Party would be complete without at least a few portraits. Sadly, some Muggle eyes may not be able to see the enchantment placed on these portraits to make them come to life. They can at least enjoy the beautiful artistry of the paintings.

Often with projects like this it can be hard to spray from the exact Step-by-Step guide. I chose to write my Instructable with that mind. I want you to be creative and design your own photo, and frame. That is what makes it really magical and rewarding.

If you have any questions, please ask!

This project is part of a set of projects I will be posting from a Harry Potter Party Decorations series. Check out my other projects for more!

Supplies:

  • Your Picture - Photoshop or from Google
  • Foam board for the frame.
  • Box cutter or craft knife
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Spray paint - Choose several colors... Gold, Silver or Bronze
  • Brown Paint for aging.
  • Newspaper or scrap paper
  • Tape
  • Command Strips

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Step 1: The Subject

Last year I simply printed off photos found on Google and put them behind a frame. This year I decided to step up my game and actually photoshop the pictures to include Wizarding World Elements.

To make the actual poster use Block Posters by uploading your image. On this free site you are able to customize how wide or tall you'd like your picture to be. They give you several options for free users. Make sure you pick to print WITH BORDER. After uploading and picking your size, simple click "Download Poster" and print off the PDF file it gives you.

Take your SCISSORS and CUTE WHITE BORDER off the edge of the pictures.

Line up your image, and use TAPE THE BACK to secure it together.

Your subject should be finished :) Admire your work :)

Step 2: The Frame

This part is very trial and error. I suggest using a pencil with a nice eraser and draw lightly.

Place your image in the corner of the POSTER BOARD.

MEASURE the THICKNESS you'd like for the frame. Measure that all around the picture.

Add your design for the frame. Here it can be a simple rectangular frame. Or something as ornate as several layers of form to create dimension. Be creative and use Google or my images for inspiration.

Once satisfied, OUTLINE WITH SHARPIE the final lines.

Double check the picture fits behind the frame.

NEWSPAPER the ground where you'll be spray painting. PLEASE GO OUTSIDE.

PLACE FRAME and begin to PAINT. Let dry and then return to make sure all the white foam is covered.

Step 3: Finishing Wand Flourishes

Use an Ever-lasting Sticking Charm (TAPE) to apply the picture to the back of the frame. Apply it in several places.

I used the command strips to attach it to the wall. If using my method, the picture is rather lightweight and can stick with at least 4 strips!

Place it on the wall.

Stand back and enjoy your beautiful work!

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