Sunday, July 25, 2021

Mini The Knight Bus DIY Project Tutorial

The Knight Bus DIY Tutorial

“Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board, and we can take you anywhere you want to go. My name is Stan Shunpike, and I will be your conductor this evening."

I was recently looking at my Harry Potter shelf and realized I didn't have a fun little Knight (School) Bus in my collection. 

While shopping at Wal-Mart, I saw this cute wooden school bus and gave myself a challenge to turn it into a Knight Bus inspired craft. 

Here's my brief process to create your own DIY Knight Bus. Hope you enjoy!

What You'll Need

- wooden bus
- pencil
- a range of paintbrushes from fine tip to medium sized
- acrylic paint (purple, white, black)

I bought the wooden bus in the craft section at Wal-Mart. It was no more than $2. I picked up the acrylic paint and brushes at various Michaels and Joanne Stores (since there was a shortage of the same brand during the pandemic). I'd say the whole craft cost under $10.

The first step is penciling a simple outline with reference photos. Depending on the wooden bus you find or choose, you can go for a double or triple decker version (which is what's used in the movie). 

Mine is shaped like a school bus - which I knew since getting the initial idea. No worries. I thought it'd be fun to go for a double decker version. 

After penciling in the windows, signs, and a shrunken head in the front passenger seat, I started painting with purple. When it was dry, I mixed white and black for grey windows, and added touches of black and white for the tires and signs.

When you paint around and on the tires, be mindful of how much paint you are placing in those areas. If you add too much paint, it will dry between the gears and block the wheels from moving. If you prefer for the bus to be stationary, then there's no need to worry.

Originally, I had planned to white paint marker with a fine tip to write the 'All Destinations and Knight Bus' signs. But, the marker I used wouldn't work. I ended up using a fine tip paintbrush to letter the signs instead (and had to nix adding Nothing Underwater).

Here's the final touches for the bus when I finished painting. There are a few smaller areas I could've added more detail - in comparison to the real deal at Wizarding World of Harry Potter or the movies. But I wanted to go with a vintage car version, so I kept it simple.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with this little craft idea. It's a fun project to do for young kids as well as adult fans - if you're looking to add a little Knight Bus (school or otherwise) to your Harry Potter collection.

Let me know if you tried this project or have questions!

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