Sunday, July 22, 2012

Answering your HP SCRIPT WALL Questions...

When I posted about my Harry Potter Script Wall, I never intended it as a tutorial. 
I actually just meant it to be a fun post where I got to show you guys that my hair-brained idea actually worked!

Over the past month, however, I've received multiple comments and emails asking about the exact process I used to create the wall. 
Hopefully today's post will answer most of those questions... 

"What font did you use?"
The font is Zapfino. (you can find this answer under one of the pics in the original post)
"Where can I get the Zapfino Font?"
This one won't make you happy...
The font came loaded on my MacBook and as far as I know there is no place to download it for free.
One reader did leave a comment saying they had found it, but I followed the link they left and it has been removed from that site due to copyright infringement.

"What's the Font Size?"
85 point font.

"What is Con-Tact Paper?"
Con-Tact Paper is a self-adhesive thin vinyl, generally used as a shelf liner. It is just one of many brands on the market. You can see more about it HERE.

"Did you Hand Cut all the letters?"
No! (don't think I'd have lived through that!)
As I listed in the post, I used a Silhouette Cameo.

"What Setting's on the Silhouette did you use to cut the Con-Tact Paper?"
It is much thinner than regular vinyl so I used a setting of "1" on the blade and set my thickness and speed both to "5".

"What is the paint color on the wall?"
Cafe Ole by Valspar

"Did you have to cut the rolls of contact paper into sheets?" and "How many rolls did you use?"
Yes, I did cut the Con-Tact Paper into sheets.
My wall is 55 1/2 inches wide and the Con-Tact Paper comes in rolls that are 18 inches x 24 feet. 
For starters, I cut the Con-Tact Paper into about 60 inch lengths to make sure it was definitely long enough to cover the entire width of my wall.
Then I cut the Con-Tact Paper in half the long way so I ended up with two sheets that were 9 inches x 60 inches.
Now the Silhouette Cameo can hold widths up to 13 inches wide, but I chose to cut my paper exactly in half because I knew that I could get two full lines of script on each 9" x 60"  strip of Con-Tact Paper.

This is an example of what two of the 9"x60" strips looked like after they were cut.
Each full 18"x60" section gave me four complete lines of script.

Oh, and I used about one and a half rolls of Con-Tact Paper. (probably could have been less, but this was trial and error and sometimes, I just plain screw up :)

"Did you create a stencil with the Con-Tact Paper and paint the wall, or is that actual Con-Tact Paper on the wall."
It's the actual Con-Tact Paper stuck to the wall.

"How did you stick the Con-Tact Paper to the wall?"
It is hung the exact same way you would hang any Wall Vinyl.
There are hundreds of tutorials on the internet that will show you how to Weed the excess vinyl from your image (or script in my case), and then how to use Transfer Paper to apply it to the wall.
I have a mini tutorial HERE that will show some of the basics.

"How did you apply it so evenly and straight across?"
Now that's the million dollar question!
Patience, time and a LEVEL!! (with occasional cussing... just trying to be honest :)
Being able to hang two lines at a time, as I showed above, did really help, but my four foot level was an absolute must!
To keep it even between each new sheet of Con-Tact Paper, I picked a letter (there were enough e's, o's and a's that I generally used them) and made sure there was always the same distance (4 inches) from the bottom of one letter to the bottom of the letter on the line below it.

I cut two small strips from the edge of the Con-Tact Paper (edge pieces so I knew they were straight), measured down the wall four inches and placed them on the wall creating a "line" that I set my next row of script on.
I of course used a level to make sure I put the strips up straight.
Those "strips" are represented by the "black boxes" in the pic above.
Once I had the next two lines adhered to the wall, I removed my little strips of Con-Tact Paper and used them again, working my way down the wall.   
Hope all that made sense!

"Will you come do a wall for me in my home?"
Absolutely and without a doubt... NO!
I love it immensely and would redo it in my own home, but I work a full-time job and have a family.
There just aren't enough hours in the day!
Plus, with the amount of time this took, trust me, you couldn't afford my prices :)
Update: (Mr. Concrete wanted me to add that if the price is right, he thinks they can do without me for a while... he's such a sweetie sometimes!)


I think that answers all the questions I've received about this wall.
And please don't think I had all this figured out when I started!
I went through a lot of trial and error before figuring out the best way to pull it off!

I will leave you with one tip that I, unfortunately learned a few weeks AFTER I finished this project.
And wow, it would have saved me countless hours not only with the cutting, but the weeding and with placing it on the wall.

There's an option in the Silhouette software called Weld.
It allows you to merge "selected shapes" into "one" shape.
Meaning that when you write in cursive and one letter flows into the next, you can Weld them together and they become one piece.

HERE'S a lovely video tutorial showing exactly what I'm talking about.

So I didn't know this... 
(in my defense, I'd only had the thing a few months, grrrr)
Every single letter that flowed into the next letter got cut up individually leaving a thousand tiny little pieces of vinyl that didn't want to stay where they belonged!!

If that doesn't make sense to you, you're lucky.
Just trust me, use the Weld button so you aren't as angry with yourself as I was when I found this simple tool.

Hope these answers help any of you who decide to tackle this project!
If you do, please come back and let me know cuz I'd love to see them!!!!



  1. GREAT!!! I love it. I did a little reseach on fonts and found that the type can not be copywritten only the name so I went to google fonts where all the fonts are 100% free. I use them all the time. I changed the filter to only show handwriting fonts and they have this one called Italiano. It looks awfully close to your font.

  2. PS and how can you do something fantastic like that and not expect us to ask for directions?

  3. Thanks for the tips! So kind of you to share your errors so we don't make them. Not saying I'm going to do this myself though - would love to but I really don't think I have your patience - or the ability to get it that straight EVEN with your tips and a 4ft level!!!!

  4. Remodelingus fantasticus! Now this is DIY magic. Keep up the good work!

  5. Thx so much for posting this! I LOVE it! Good job!

  6. Thanks a million for sharing! The wall is amazingly beautiful.


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  8. Hey there...I just want to blame you for the lack of sleep I am getting tonight...and probably tomorrow night as well. I don't have a sillouette I have a Cricut :-( with no computer software option :-( so I am stuck with the one font I have..... I do not have a weld option on this cricut expression :-( and if I do,,,I really wish I knew about it but I don't :-(. And the font I used? plain ole cursive :-(. I just finished cutting out 5 verses from the bible (Philippians 3:4-9) and it took me 7 hours and I have not even finished weeding and to make things worse I think I am going to have to put up the letters one-by-one instead of using the transfer paper. I loved your wall so much that I finally put on my big girl panties to try your project. I sure hope this works and looks good like yours. Its gonna take all weekend...pray for me LOL!!!

  9. Wow...this is several years old now! I'm going to comment anyway and see if you see it. I love my Silhouette! I mainly use it to make stencils for screenprinting tshirts, but I do make the occasional vinyl decal. I love the idea of making this wall...and with Harry Potter as well! My only question is about putting such long sheets in the Silhouette. I had bad experiences with the original Silhouette (Kwickuts I think is how they spelled it) if I didn't use the carrier sheet the vinyl would turn and get all jacked up and ruined. I never could get it to do right just by itself, but I know there is no carrier sheet 60 inches long, so you must've let it run with just the sheets themselves, and clearly you had good luck. So I'm going to try it! But did you have to do anything to trick the contact paper to work right? Ha!


Thanks so much for your comments. I read, and very much appreciate, every one of them!