Well here it is my first trial and error sign. But it was rustic and with a rustic sign, you seriously cannot go wrong. I made this for my beautiful sister in law who just got married as a gift. This was my first which taught me a lot about trial and error when it comes to signs. I actually loved how it came out even though I thought it was so messed up. But this goes to show nothing you do the first time will be perfect. So here it goes what you will need.
- Mod Podge
- Sponge brush
- Contact paper
- Staple Gun
- Wood Stain
- Paint Sealer
- Sponge or Rag
- Parchment Paper
- Cutting machine (Silhouette, Cricut)
Alright so I did not list everything I used because like I said I messed up so some stuff is not necessary. Okay, first things first your going to need your wood. I purchased mine from Joann’s for like 6 bucks. You can find it here. Don’t forget there is always a coupon you can use for a bunch of your supplies. So when you get your wood you will see it is very light. It needs some stain to it. I made my own stain from vinegar and steel wool. If you would like more on how to make this I can make a post about it. Anyhoo you want to stain that sign first. I waited for about 24 hours for it to dry. Then I sealed it with a spray paint sealer.
Such a bigger difference when you add some color. Next you are going to need the following
Mod Podge transfer, Foam brush and some parchment paper, some napkins and your picture. When you print your picture you must use printer paper and ink. Do not try to use a regular photo print. I simply just printed it from my computer with my printer. You can use scissors to cut out a shape I simply just used my Silhouette Cameo for this. Next you are going to completely cover your picture with the Mod Podge transfer. Do not miss any spots and just simply load it on there. Next, carefully grab the covered photo and flip it over on the part of the wood you want it. Next you will wait another 24hrs without doing anything.
Okay your 24hrs have past now your going to need your sponge or rag. Wet it and start to slightly rub your picture and pieces will start to just fall off. Get all of its off until you see your picture clearly transferred onto the wood.
After you rubbed all of the paper off. I used a low grade piece of sandpaper and sanded around the heart to make it look more rustic.
Okay now the fun part. Get your cutting machine and make your stencil for your sign.
Now lets paint. First so you wont have any bleeding use regular mod podge and just cover your letters with the grain of the wood. After this dries. I waited about an hour. Then I started to paint. I used a small paint brush with light strokes. It’s always better to add to the picture then not be able to take away. I made a big misktake and had to sand everything off. Which was fine because it made my wood more rustic looking.
I waited like 3 hours for my paint to dry and slowly peeled off the stencil. I then added another coat of sealer to finish the touches. After the paint dried and everything was done I added what I wanted to use to hang it up. I used twine (Jute) and a staple gun.
First get your Twine measure to how long you want it to hang and then tie the ends into a knot. Then measure again and staple above the knot. I used a staple gun for this. Heavy duty stuff.
Alright that is it you are all done. Woo hoo. Hard work yes! Awesome gift YES! Unique YES! Needless to say my sister in law loved it. I couldn’t be happier for her. I hope you liked this. I also will be making more of these and opening a custom sign making botique on Etsy. So stay tuned for that I will have lots of awesome creations. Let me know your feedback. God Bless. Have a happy Sunday night.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” Titus 2:11-12