Monday, July 29, 2013

Lettuce, Turnips, and Beets! Oh My!

First off I would like to apologize for my failure at posting anything new lately. I’ve been busy gathering those last minute college things so I would rather focus on something kind of fun than getting down to business.

Today I’m going to walk through the steps to make your very own sign for your room!

I received the idea to make this when I saw a similar sign at Good JuJu downtown. They had so many cute signs made with old wood that I wanted one of my own. Now I will warn you that this project takes a little time, but it’s well worth it!

Let’s get started!

Materials you will need:
1.       Wooden Boards  (at least 2-4)
2.       Nails (regular wood nails)
3.       Spray paint
4.       Frog tape
5.       Word Stencils

Step #1: Create the basis for your board.

This doesn’t have to be the exact same size that I used. It can be longer, shorter, or more vertical. I bought a few planks of wood from Home Depot that were about three feet long. Then I cut at least 6-8 inches so I could piece my board together.

As shown in the picture I have three boards put together, but (not shown) I have two boards nailed vertically on the back to hold my project together.

(Optional) Step #2: Stain your boards.

I used only a slightly darker stain than my wood, but feel free to go super dark or just make it the same. Make sure you let the stain dry before you start placing your stencils on there.

Step #3: Cut the words you wish to use.

Now I used the Cricut, again, but you can honestly do this a number of different ways. If you want to have your words filled in I would suggest finding a stencil of some sort. But if you want your letters to be hollow and just have an outline of the letter then you can easily print out from the computer and cut.

It might be a good idea though to leave a slight border around those words. You will see why during the spray paint step.

Step #4: Once you have cut out your words. Place tape around the edges.

I used Frog Tape because it peeled off the best, but you could probably use blue painter’s tape, too.

Step #5: Start spray painting your board!

When I spray painted my board I used a piece of cardboard behind the word I was painting so I wouldn’t get that color on my next word.

Just make sure to shake well before applying the spray paint. I used only one coat, but feel free to use multiple. Be careful that your paint doesn’t start to run though.

If you have any questions about this project feel free to leave a comment or question in the comment box below.

I'm linking this project to Craft-O-Maniac and Skip To My Lou

In my next post I will be discussing the next category on the college list and then teach you how to repurpose an old armchair without spending an exorbitant amount of money.

Thanks for stopping by!

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