Wow! It's been forever since I posted, and I'm stuck inside during a blizzard, so I thought I would post a blog about my recent DIY project. So, this summer some friends, Mark, and I went on a Harry Potter pub crawl. It was super fun!
But, we left with a collection of Harry Potter wands. I had already acquired a couple and had some more on my Amazon wishlist. A few of the friends and I started talking and decided it was time to build a wand holder. My design was a large piece of wood with hooks to hold the wands, then a name plate under each wand. Plus, I was going to use my Cricut machine to print a lable.
First, I had a beautiful piece of oak that I stained a dark brown.
Then I used a silver vinyl and downloaded an SVG file from Etsy of Olivander's Wand Shop. After two coats of stain and a coat of laquer and three days of drying, I loaded my vinyl into the Cricut and let the app do it's thing. I carefull peeled off the back and placed it at the top of the wood.
Next, I measured the size of the hooks, and drilled those into the wood at the same intervals. This is tricky because the hooks are two inches and they have to be pretty level or an onlooker will notice. I did pilot holes for all the drilling prior to trying to drill into the heavy oak. If I were making out of plywood, I may not have done that step. Here's during the hook drilling (you can barely see the silver lettering at the top):
Last, I drilled in the name plates which again, needed to be fairly centered. I was enjoying wine while finishing this, so I was astonished that it turned out okay. Luckily, with the different sizes of wands, and the fact that they are all embellished, anything not perfect isn't remarkably noticed. Here's the finished product:
And hanging on the wall (the picture is crooked, not the wand holder...lol):
All in all it was a fun project and it turned out beautifully. I'm considering getting an Instax printer, so I may do something similar to display all of my pictures. We'll see how that turns out. I can also add what materials I purchased from Amazon below.
ORACAL Assorted 631 and 651 Vinyl - 48 Pack of Top Colors - 12" x 12" Sheets