I’m so excited for my first post here on Robyn Builds a Nest. We’ve been in our new home since April and I’ve been anxiously waiting for September so I could decorate our fireplace mantel for Fall. Luckily I had plenty of time to plan and think ahead!
This project was inspired by a post over on Shanty 2 Chic and their DIY Chalk Board Sign. I had originally intended to completely recreate their project but I was having a hard time finding tall enough letters locally and the shipping prices to order them online was just something that I couldn’t stomach.
Here is my spin on the signs followed by the instructions.
I made the four wooden signs as outlined on Shanty 2 Chic, however my local Lowe’s didn’t carry 10 foot 1×3’s so I bought three 8 foot 1×3’s instead. The folks that work there are nice enough to cut them for you if you don’t own a saw, or you can use something like the Ryobi Compound Miter Saw to do it yourself, it’s well worth the investment!
Once I got the wood glued and the shims nailed I went ahead and stained them. I let them dry completely while I searched for letters so they sat for a few days while I thought of what to do with them. Then I decided it was time to dust off my Cameo Silhouette that was still in storage from the move. I remembered I had recently purchased a deer silhouette with intentions of using it on a pillow cover but I had a feeling it would be great on my wooden signs as well. I went ahead and downloaded the free shape of the week (a leaf) and a tree silhouette as well.
After cutting all three shapes on card stock I then went ahead and taped them onto my wooden signs. I already had some white craft paint and sponge brushes so I just painted (dabbed) and then carefully removed the silhouette stencils and let them dry. I really love the way they turned out but I think I still might play with them a bit more and maybe sand the edges a bit. What do you think?
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