I see distressed wooden signs everywhere these days. Hobby Lobby has a ton of them. I see them in magazines and all over home decor blogs. I decided to try to make one using leftover everything from past projects. I wanted it for springtime. (Sorry for the poor lighting).
So, I started with a 1x6 piece of pine board I had leftover from a previous project.
First, I spray painted it black. Mine had a flat finish.
Next, I painted it white using a paint brush only because that's the kind of white paint I had on hand. Spray paint would've worked here too, though (and it's faster).
While I let that dry, I got on Microsoft Word and found the size and font I wanted to use for the word "Spring" and printed it out. I think I printed them out 2 on a page, but cut them to be individual after they printed out.
Next, I turned those letters over to the backside of the paper and used a pencil to shade over where the letters were. I forgot to take a picture of this, but basically, just colored the back side of each letter paper with a pencil. You'll understand why. Then I measured and placed my letters on the painted wood and used paint tape to secure them in place. Then I traced them pushing down kinda hard. Where I shaded on the back left a perfect stencil for me on the white wood. It's very faint, but (hopefully) you can see it here.
For the rest, I used a tiny angled paint brush. I painted my outline, then filled it in - all with black paint.
After that, I used sand paper to distress the edges of the wood and in some random places over the flat surface to let some of that black paint peek through.
Last, I sprayed a satin finish sealer over it. And there's my spring sign. This was so easy and took maybe an hour (not counting drying times). I imagine I'll be making more of these in the future. I mean... it can't stay spring forever, right?
This week I tackled little boys' suspenders and bow ties. Perfect for Easter Sunday and cute, no??
I got the suspenders tutorial from here. And the bow tie tutorial here. These were so simple to make. I had to make these for both boys to wear this Easter Sunday to church and, honestly, the suspenders took about 15 minutes a piece. They were a piece of cake. The bow ties took a little longer, but I got everything done in about 2 days of nap times (and I'm sure I wasn't working on just those for the entire times of the naps:) And the best part of this project was that it was free. I simply recycled one of my husband's old dress shirts:)
Sorry for the poor indoor nighttime lighting, but that is, in fact the shirt I made these from.
As for this stud of a model - well..... you'll have to wait to see him in actual Easter Sunday photos:)
Linking up to
I started a blog a couple years ago as a way for my family to keep up with our happenings because I, alone, live far away from all of them. That's the Daily Grind link up top. My family and friends love it. And I love it too, but... I started surfing blog-land myself and found a few homemaking/crafty/DIY blogs that I really love and inspire me daily regarding my home and family. For awhile, I started posting my own projects on that blog which was fine, but I sometimes would like to link my projects up to other blogs' linky parties. Having said that, if anyone saw one of my project posts and wanted to see more of my "stuff" they'd go to my blog and maybe instead get an earful of the latest potty training moment in my house. Know what I mean?? Soooo, I've decided to split my blog into two. My family and friends can still keep up to date on me and my boys on my Daily Grind blog. And those interested in my project posts can browse my projects without the added info. of the newest baby food Baron tried or whatever;) Of course, for my family and friends who still want to check out my projects it's merely a click away.
Outnumbered as in - the only girl living in a house full of boys! That's right. Wife of my husband of almost 7 years, mother of my 2 precious sons, and mother of our (also male) sweet Boston Terrier. I'm a stay-at-home mom or maybe what you'd call (the term I prefer) - Homemaker. Being the maker of our home is important to me. I certainly don't have the creative mind to inspire others with my ideas, but I do have the ambition to DO. I am a doer. I love DIY projects and I can follow instructions, so there's not much I won't try when it comes to making things for my home and boys while trying to be thrifty. To learn more about me and my fam, click here.
Before I started this particular blog of just my DIY projects, I was posting them on my family blog. To see those past projects click on the links below:) Otherwise check in the categories.
I Am Momma
Miss Mustard Seed
Thrifty Decor Chick
The Lettered Cottage
Beneath My Heart
Young House Love
House of Smiths
The Idea Room
Brown Paper Packages
Hammers and High Heels