I've entered my last week of freedom, so to speak. A week from today, I hit the books again with full time school. So in celebration of my last official week of summer, I'll be posting a DIY project every day this week. I'm so excited! (I honestly don't know what they'll all be yet, so let me know if you have suggestions or requests. I'll try anything once.)
First up: A vintage-style sign. I love these things. They're everywhere! This project was a lot of trial and error, but I really like the finished product and the possibilities really are endless.
You'll want to start with a piece of wood or a plaque. The piece I used was a $2 thrift store find that used to have "Paris" in really tacky lettering on it, so I just painted it black. It isn't perfect, but it'll do the job.
Next, figure out what you want your sign to say. Sooo many options here. I wanted mine in the kitchen, and I remembered my sweet friend Kirra's adorable sign that says "Say Grace." So I shamelessly copied hers. :) Print out whatever you want your sign to say in the appropriate size.
Next, with a pencil, shade on the back side of the letters.
You'll then want to position your lettering onto the sign and tape it down.
Next, with a ball point pen, trace around the outline of your letters. You'll want to press pretty hard so it shows up.
Because of the pencil shading on the back side, it'll transfer the outline in pencil right onto your wood!
Next, I took a paint marker and filled in the lettering. If you want a clean solid look you'll need to do a couple coats of this. For my purposes, though, I was going to sand and distress it anyway, so it definitely did not have to be perfect. I think either way would look beautiful.
Next, I let the letters dry really well and sanded it quite a bit to "distress" the lettering and make it look old. I then took a wet paper towel and wiped up the dust to clean it up before the final step.
Finally, I gave it a generous coat of Mod Podge. This will seal it and give it a little shine, but you can do it in a matte finish as well (they have a matte Mod Podge). Either way, it'll give it a finished look.
Once dry, your sign is done!
So I'm sure there are better, easier ways to do this, especially if you have the right tools, but this cost less than $5 to make. I can't wait to make more!