It’s hard to believe I’ve never blogged about this project!
Years ago, I had a website called Jen’s Crochet and Crafts. It eventually morphed into sewhooked. The Harry Potter Bookcase Mural was originally posted there, along with the story of how it came to be.
When my almost-14-year-old-daughter was about to turn 8, she asked for a Harry Potter-themed room for her birthday. Being a big HP fan myself, I was as excited as she was to take on the project. Among her requests were castle walls, an enchanted ceiling, The Fat Lady on her door, red and gold hangings for her bed and a magical bookcase. I managed all of those things, but the bookcase remains my absolute favorite part of the project.
The original bookcase was drawn freehand with chalk. I’ve since made a map for use on an overhead projector, or, if you have a steady hand and feel up to it, to use as a free-hand guide.
- Bookcase Mural Template printed on clear acetate
- Overhead projector
- Pencil or chalk
- Masking tape
- Dark semi-gloss paint for background
- Paint roller and pan
- Paint brushes, multiple sizes and shapes
- Acrylic craft paints in multiple colors
- List of books from the Harry Potter series
- Permanent markers, various colors, fine & medium tips
- optional: yardstick or long straight-edge
- optional: egg cartons
You need a clean dry surface to start with. If painting on an older surface, you may want to paint with primer first.
Print the template on clear acetate and project the image onto the selected area. Position the bookcase where you’d like for it to appear. Use masking tape to outline the area that will become your bookcase.
Use semi-gloss paint and the paint roller to paint the taped-off area.
Paint a second coat if necessary. Allow to dry overnight.
Using a pencil or chalk, trace the bookcase (not the contents), adding a border if needed or desired. A ruler or yardstick comes in really handy for this step.
Paint bookcase shelves and allow to dry.
Starting with the top shelf, trace contents.
After tracing, paint contents using a variety of colors. An egg carton works great to have multiple colors available at once.
Repeat for all shelves, allow to dry overnight.
Using a variety of permanent markers, add book names using this list of books provided.
Randomly place books where you like, except for The Standard Book of Spells. Look for these on the second shelf from the top, on the right side. The seven books are more or less together, each with a line across the top of the binding (only 6 books are listed in the HP series, but I’m assuming there would have been a seventh if Harry had returned for his final year of school).
Add embellishments; names on potions bottles, cat whiskers, etc. with permanent markers.
Stand back and admire your work!