Monday, July 18, 2016

Make Your Own Wooden Sign - The EASY way!

While at the beach this summer, I saw the most adorable shopping tote in The Cotton Gin- a favorite shop of mine in OBX.  The tote had the quote, "Always be yourself, unless you can be a mermaid then be a mermaid," written on the front and I instantly fell in love with the idea.

I moved it to the top of the pile of totes and thought that I would come back and get it after I finished perusing the merchandise and made my final selections.  But of course, when I came back to get it, it was gone.

Disappointed, I set out searching for the tote online.  While I found many objects containing my beloved quote, I never did find the actual tote bag.  Then I started thinking.  Wouldn't I rather have the quote on a piece of artwork where everyone can see it instead of just on a tote bag.  Of course I would!  But I'm cheap, and they were expensive!

So I decided to make my own.  Here's the finished project followed by the hacks - I mean details - of how I made it.


So it started out with me finding a junk piece of wood in my husband's stash that was roughly 15" x 13".  Not sure what he was planning to do with it, but...

Then I first painted the entire board with Rust-oleum Ocean Mist spray paint.  I think I was just spray paint happy that day.  I was painting everything this shade!  Good thing the dog is fast...  I guess I thought I'd just spray the entire board that color, rough up the edges and be done, but I wasn't quite happy with the results.  

So...  I let it dry and then I dry brushed some of Anita's Morning Blue craft paint on top.  Still not quite right, so I added a touch of the Blue Bahama Patio Paint, also with a dry brush.  And finally, because I had no white acrylic paint here, I added a couple of strokes of white tempera that was in Aiden's closet!  Then I sanded the edges once it dried to give it a nice worn look.


This is what it ended up looking like, but really, the picture doesn't do it justice.  It was really pretty with the blues and turquoise and wood shining through.  

Now I did not freehand the lettering, nor did I use stencils.  I took an extreme shortcut and used alphabet stickers I bought at Michaels - on sale of course - plus, they have a teacher discount. I wanted to use different fonts to make it fun, so I chose a 3" font from Mambisticks - sorry they don't have a link to this particular sticker set on their website - and a 2" letter from Recollections.  I also wanted to use the gold font from Heidi Swapp so that "be a mermaid" would stand out on the sign- again, no link, sorry.  

I'd love to tell you I planned everything out and measured, but that would be a lie.  I thought about measuring and everything, but I'm too impatient.  So I just sat down in front of the television and started slapping letters on the board.  I actually ran out of E's and had to get creative with a C and a J.  Finally, I used the hot glue gun to add some shells that we had lying around the house and finished it all off with a quick clear coat.  Done.  What do you think?






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