My friend Kim and I are working on some quidditch costumes – never mind that we’re about 15 years too late to be on trend. I’ve been doing a deep internet dive for good photos of the Nimbus 2000 since we’re both huge fans of this specific Harry Potter broom. The handle shape and visible wood grain
Draco Malfoy’s Nimbus 2001, although supposedly superior in the Harry Potter books, is a lot more plain in the movies – straight handle, bulkier bristles – and not nearly as appealing:
So we’ll be starting off on making our own brooms as part of our costumes. Hooray! Having perfect broom = priceless. Learning woodworking? We’ll see how it goes.
Adding the Nimbus 2000 symbol to your broom
The logo is particularly important to me to get right (big design geek right here). It turns out there are a myriad of ways there to add this sharp logo to your broom:
- Spray paint + stencil (How To Make a Nimbus 2000 on Instructables)
- Gold marker + stencil (Nimbus 2000 build on Flickr)
- Gold foil decal made with a Cricut (How to make Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000 on Youtube)
- Carving the logo into the handle and painting it with gold paint (I made a Nimbus 2000 for a birthday present on
My favorite method is definitely the decal, for two reasons. One, it’s really hard to get detail work right – whether it’s with a stencil or hand carving – and using a machine cut decal means you can get it just right. And two, it’s way easier. For sure.
But I couldn’t find a good version of the logo anywhere online (cue tearing up and a few violins here). And I needed it for the vinyl cutter!
So I took an evening to make a vector version of the Nimbus 2000 logo. I wanted to share it with y’all as well so you can use it for making your own Nimbus 2000:
And if you make a broom and it turns out even halfway worth sharing, I’d love to see pics. Happy broom making!
June 2019 update: My home-brewed Nimbus 2000 is complete! Here’s a finished pic of the decal I made using this SVG:
And if you’d like to see more photos of my Nimbus 2000, check out the post (with free handle pattern)!