Thursday, December 3, 2015

DIY Large Christmas Sign Using A Sharpie...

If you follow me on Pinterest you would have seen me pin a heap of large Christmas signs. I love them and have wanted one for so long. But they are crazy expensive to buy and I wasn't willing to spend the money. So DIY it was. It turned out even better than I hoped and now I have been bitten by the sign making bug, I have plans for a few more up my sleeve.

We have a stack of pieces of timber in a corner of our garage from when we have pulled apart old furniture so that we could turn it into something new, remember our console table from a couple of years ago? Luckily there was a nice solid piece of timber which was just the size that I wanted. I needed it to be a heavy piece because it's going outside and needs to not get picked up by the wind. It had old varnish on it so I sanded it back and sprayed it with a few coats of white paint. I didn't even bother filling in the old screw holes because I knew most of them would end up being covered anyway!

Once the paint had dried, I sanded over it again. I wanted to lightly distress it on the edges and give it a slightly worn look.then I rummaged through all of my craft supplies. I played with different options and layouts for a while until I found one I was happy with. 

I used some glitter ornament stars, a mini chalkboard and some candy cane striped glitter cardboard cutouts all from The Reject Shop and ribbon from IKEA. I just used my trusty craft glue to glue them all in place. I wanted to used decals for the words, but I don't have my Scan N Cut machine yet so I had to come up with an easy substitute that wouldn't have drying time since I was doing it inside with my little ones running around. My sharpie was perfect!

I used a pencil and just freehand wrote the words on. I had a rough idea of how I wanted it to look so I just went slow and steady. I'd do a couple of words then step back and see what it looked like. Once I was happy with how it looked I went over it very slowly with my sharpie.  Once I had gotten all the way to the bottom I used an eraser to remove any of the pencil you could see left behind. I also rubbed over the sharpie a little to make it look a little worn and not so stark black against the white background.

I am so happy with how it turned out, I love it and since I used timber I already had, it only cost me about $10. What a bargain! And a beautiful one at that.

Here it is in all it's glory at the front door. It was so bright and colourful I knew I needed to grab a new wreath to match. Lucky enough I found a fantastic one at The Reject Shop. Couldn't have been more perfect! It really makes the front entrance pop.

I hope I've inspired you to get a little creative and make a festive sign of your own. Be sure to come back and share with me if you do! 

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