DIY Harry Potter Quote Decor

Posted by Roxanne O'Brien
Turn your favorite Harry Potter quotes into beautiful home decor with this DIY tutorial from Blitsy.

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  • Ampersand Art Unprimed 5" x 7" Cradled Basswood - 7/8" Profile
  • Crafter's Companion Spray & Sparkle, Iridescent
  • Crafter's Workshop Template - Random Stars
  • Memento, Nautical Blue
  • Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass
  • Distress Ink, Dusty Concord
  • Brilliance Dew Drop, Platinum Planet
  • Ken Oliver's The Best Ever Craft Mat
  • Deco - Crafter's Acrylic Paint - 2 oz. Bottle - Antique White
  • Ranger Mini Misters - 3 Pack
  • Royal Brush Craft Sack Natural Sea Sponges
  • Golden Synthetic Round #0 Brush-
  • Grey Self-Adhesive Pearls
  • Silver Self-Adhesive Rhinestones
  • Chalk Pencil

My first step was to start inking up the wood piece. I had a lot of fun with this! The key to doing this is to ink it up in layers.

I grabbed some of my craft sponges with colors similar to those that I was using for this project which are Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord and Nautical Blue. I wanted the background to be reminiscent of a night sky because it went perfect with the quote I chose.

A little back note here...I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. If I could revisit one place, it would be Universal Studios in Florida so I could see all the amazing places that make me feel like I'm a part of the Harry Potter books and movies. So I chose a quote from the movie from this project that I absolutely love. I think it rings very true. Dumbledore IS a wise wizard after all, isn't he?

You can see how light the ink really is when you apply it to the wood. If you're using something like a canvas, I'm sure you wouldn't need to layer the inks quite as much. I even love how some of the wood grain is peeking through there. It actually gets a bit covered in the end, so just watch and see!

I worked on this by swirling the inks in circles. No rhyme or reason, just picturing a beautifully colored night sky.

It's coming along! Look at those colors. I adore my inks!

You can see I darkened up the purple. Just keep adding the color where you like it and layer it. It deepens everything and turns out so rich looking.

Since I am using Distress Inks and they react with water, I wanted to give a little splotchy look to the "sky" I'm creating. I flicked on water from my mini mister. I unscrewed the top and loaded the end of it with water and flicked it on. I let the water sit for a little bit and then dabbed off the excess taking care to not remove too much of the ink I applied.

You can see how it removed a little of the ink just to give it some interest.

The next step is to add some stars to my night sky background. I used a really great stencil and some Platinum Planet colored ink. I love the sparkle it added, too. And i inked it on in no specific pattern.

You can see I only added ink to certain stars. I didn't want to fill the sky with stars, just wanted to add some in here and there. Stencils are PERFECT for that job!

Here is my finished sky! I just love how these colors blended together and the little silver stars and everything.

I painted the edges of the frame with a white acrylic paint to finish it off. You could always ink up the sides just like you did for the face of the frame as well, or even apply scrapbook paper with some adhesive or Mod Podge!

My edges are painted. Some of my paint got a little on the front of my sky and that's okay! I love that it's not perfect. :)

The next step is to get my quote traced onto my background. I tried many ways for this and I ultimately went with eyeballing it and free handing it on there! I loved the look of the quote's type and design that I found online. So I just did this freehand on the wood frame as closely as I could come. I used a white chalk pencil to do that so I could see it and eventually paint over that!

I thinned down the white paint and used a very thin brush to trace over the quote. It takes a steady hand and a light touch, but I simply love how this turned out!!!

After I painted the quote and let it dry, I sprayed the entire face of this project with a sparkle spray. It adds a very subtle glittery appearance to it. After that dried completely, I applied some silver rhinestones and grey pearls around the quote to give it some texture and dimension.

And here it is, all finished! Hopefully you can see the nice glittery look that the sparkle spray gave this project.

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. - Dumbledore