I NEEDED A SIGN! No, literally. I wanted a sign to hang above our bed. One with a cute or sentimental quote on it. But I did not want to just hop in my car and drive to Marshall's (which I love!) no, that would be too easy. This time I wanted to make my own sign. So I did. And now I'm sharing the process with you so you can repeat if so desired.
Step 1: Decide what you want your sign to say.
I chose a line from my favorite song (always thankful to my sis for sharing) by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Home"
Step 2: Go to Lowe's scrap wood pile where they sell any piece of wood for $1! And if you find a nice helper he will even cut it to the dimensions you want. I chose 36" long and 12" wide.
Step 3: Gather supplies.
- Sand paper
- Measuring Tape
- Acrylic paints- colors of your choice of course
- Paint brush and sponge brush
- Blue painters tape
- Stencils- letters and maybe an accent design or two- whatever you want
- Scrapbook paper and Mod Podge- optional
Step 4: Sand down the edges of the wood
Step 5: Paint! I thought one coat was sufficient. Let it dry completely.
Step 6: Measure down both sides of the wood and mark your spacing depending on how many lines your quote needs. I did every 4 inches. Now line the measuring tape up with the marks on the side of your plank to ensure a straight line. It should stay secured if your tape has a lip on the end. Now very lightly mark out your spacing for the letters you will stencil. This takes some planning and I had to write it out on paper before so I could visualize and calculate.
Step 7: Now line your first stencil letter up underneath the tape measure and use blue painters tape to secure the stencil in place.
Get some paint on the tip of your paintbrush and dab extra off on a paper towel- this is an important step- if skipped your stencil will bleed. Begin your brush strokes from the outside edges of the stencil and always work your way in- from every edge possible. This ensures the smoothest stencil. Then very carefully removed the tape and stencil without sliding over fresh paint. *When wet acrylic paint wipes right off- so keep that wet rag close by for mistakes and just wipe away!* Continue your letters from each end and moving towards the center.
Step 8: Decide where to place your accent stencil to liven things up a bit. I did 3 of mine around the quote in different directions for some movement. A happy accident happened when I attempted to wipe off the first accent stencil because it wasn't perfect- it didn't completely wipe off! But it looked kinda cool faded the way it was so I did all of them that way.
Step 9: Optional but I like it :)
Tear some pieces of scrapbook paper that coordinates with your colors and theme. I happened to have the perfect piece for this part which is why I added this step at the end. Carefully burn the edges of the pieces to even out the edges. Decide how many pieces to do and where to place them on your sign.
Step 10: Spread some mod podge on the board where you will place pieces then secure them on those spots. Then, finally, with generous amounts of mod podge stroke it all over the board using a sponge brush. Let the mod podge dry (preferably in a non-popular location of the house because WOO does it stink!) and then gaze at the sweet sign you created!
I spent several hours on this project...not gonna lie to ya. But when I finished I was so proud and Collin loves it! Can't wait for him to drill the holes in it so I can hang it with a thick hemp string. I'll put up a pic of it on the wall once we get that done.