DIY Custom Wooden Sign

 

P1160603See that gorgeous span of wall behind the credenza (I’ve always wanted to use that word…)? Well, until this past weekend it had been entirely blank. For waaaaay too long. I wasn’t sure how to fill it in until I came across this completely 100% accurate statement made by Julia Child: “People who love to eat are always the best people.” I love it! How could I not put that sentiment on my dining room wall? So I got to work.

This project was extremely easy, very inexpensive, and I am so thrilled with the results that I just had to share!

You will need:

  • 2 large picture frames
  • 1 large piece of plywood, large enough to cut two frame-sized boards out of
  • Paint of your choice for lettering and plywood background
  • Stencils
  • Wood glue
  • 2 picture hanging kits
  • Paper
  • Fine tip paintbrush
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Drill

I found these two empty frames at the Brimfield Flea Market in MA this past July. Everything in the booth was half off so I got the pair for only $12! You can use just about any frames that you like, and you won’t be needing the glass or the backing. I would recommend checking your local thrift stores. Also, don’t be put off by the color of your frames. If you like the shape and size but hate the color, just paint it!

P1160453Next, measure and cut the plywood into two rectangles to fit snugly inside your frame. You can do this at home or have it done right at the hardware store.P1160465

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P1160470Check to make sure your pieces fit just right, and then paint them in your desired colors. Before painting, you could sand your plywood down a bit for a smoother look, but I decided to leave mine with lots of grainy texture.

P1160475I used this gold paint made by Martha Stewart for my background. I bought this at Home Depot about a year ago and I have used it on several projects and I am seriously in love with it. In all honesty I would probably slather myself with it every morning if I could. It’s like glamour in a jar!

P1160485I ended up using two coats of paint for each board.

For the lettering, I traced the words from the quote onto paper first, then cut them out and arranged them on my board in a way that I was happy with.P1160489I bought these stencils at Michael’s with my 40% off coupon…I never go to Michael’s without my coups!

P1160515 Frozen margaritas are an optional part to this step, but I highly recommend it.P1160518 (I only wrote the word “people” once because I am lazy my time is precious.)

When you’re happy with your letters and their locations, mark their positions with a faint pencil line. Then, trace your words onto the boards. Make sure to measure the space between each of your words so that it comes out even. Also, you can use painter’s tape to mark straight lines so that your letters don’t begin to slant.

P1160521Side note: I’m not sure if you know this, but cats love to help with art projectsP1160539P1160542

P1160551Once your words have been traced onto your boards, carefully fill them in with a fine paintbrush. I just used basic black acrylic paint for this step. You might need to ditch the margarita at this point…

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P1160564The letters aren’t quite perfect, but I like things that are slightly imperfect.

Now all that’s left to do is glue your signs into their frames, attach the picture hanging hardware, and put them on display!

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P1160566I was able to use the existing hanging fixture on my frames.

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And there you have it! I hope you like this project and I hope you’re inspired to make your own version. If you do, please send pictures!

 

 

 

Flower Power

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P1160594  We celebrated a close friend’s birthday last night and I decided the occasion was worthy of a floral crown and cowboy boots. Martha Stewart’s #SavorSummer six week “craft adventure” got me jonesing for a whimsical head piece so I whipped this one up using pipe cleaners, floral tape, artificial flowers, and my trusty old hot glue gun (I’m convinced that hot glue can do just about anything).

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P1160584 Forever 21 dress (similar here), belt, and jewelry; vintage boots