So the front stairs are falling off my house. They desperately need to be replaced. We were all set to go with a builder and a permit, but they wouldn’t be done in time for the party. We actually had to delay the reno of the front porch steps because it was imperative that people enter at the front door.
Why you may ask…well how else does one get to Hogwarts then via the Hogwarts Express at platform 9 3/4?
I designed the King’s Cross sign with Microsoft publisher, and just printed it’s parts out, cut them out and attached them to a piece of thick cardstock.
Of course you have to go through the brick wall to get onto the platform. Just inside the front door I had a large felt sheet hanging that I had painted to look like bricks. I used a burgundy color felt, and painted the brick mortar with a cream colored paint. I then took an old sponge and sponged on some brown to add some dimension to the bricks themselves. There was a slit in the center of it so you literally walked through the brick wall to get to platform 9 3/4.
Another photo of the entryway is above. The “wizards only” sign was another file found and printed from the web. (Is it yours? Let me know I would love to site the source!) It was aged with the paper aging technique (see the how to crafting section) and turned into a sign for the planter. The plants look a bit sad…I think they needed water(admittedly there was a lot of things I let lapse because I was just SO busy preparing for the party), or they were hit by the frost the night before.
After going through the brick wall, you were at platform 9 3/4!
I pulled some “styling” ideas for this area from a couple of different websites. The main elements are of course, the platform 9 3/4 sign that I received for Christmas last year, some trunks/cases, a few brown paper wrapped boxes, an owl, and lots of Hogwarts Express tickets.
I also made a scarf by sewing together some red and gold fleece, and cutting fringe at the bottom. Isn’t that trunk on the left great?!! I sent my husband over to his parents house to pick up his trunk (the blue one) from storage and borrow a trunk from his mother. When he came home and opened the back of the car I was so excited to see this trunk I couldn’t believe THIS was the trunk I got to borrow!!! It’s BEAUTIFUL!! It turns out that this wasn’t his mom’s trunk, this actually belonged to his great great grandmother and it came over on a boat with her from Germany prior to 1900. Can you believe what fantastic shape it’s in?! I’m so lucky to have been trusted with such an awesome family heirloom!
I know I did some crazy stuff to age & alter all kinds of decorations. I promise – the only thing I did to the trunk was wipe off some dust!
Questions about my party? Feel free to contact me!