You see them ALL OVER the place…
pinterest, boutiques, craft fairs and vintage shows…
and you always think to yourself…
“I can TOTALLY make that myself!”
Well…
now you REALLY CAN!!
…cause I’m going to show you how!
 WHAT YOU’LL NEED!!
*WOOD: whatever wood your heart desires {I used 1×6 pine pieces I had laying around from when my husband made our dog house}
*PAPER BAG
*WOOD GLUE
*WOOD CLAMPS
*MOUSE SANDER {this is a must for all your DIY wood projects}
*PAINT {of your choice of course}
*RULER
*PENCIL
*SPONGE BRUSHES
*BRISTLE BRUSH
*FREEZER PAPER
*EXACTO KNIFE
*STENCILS
*WALL HANGING KIT
 STEP 1:
Cut your paper bag down the middle and lay it under the wood where you think the glue will leak through.
STEP 2:
Take your raw wood and place it together whatever way you want it displayed…then clamp your wood together with your wood clamps
STEP 3:
Use your wood glue in between your wood piece…the glue will seep in between the wood so I like to come back and glue it a few times…make sure to wipe off the access glue on the top!! I thought it would easily sand off…but it didn’t…
 STEP 4:
Use your sponge brush and put 1 to 2 coats of your base paint on your raw wood
STEP 5:
Use your mouse sander to sand your sign
{I didn’t have a picture of me sanding the sign…but this is the sander I use…sand away…depending on how distressed you want your sign
STEP 6:
Take your ruler and draw a faint line across your wood so your letters won’t be crooked
 STEP 7:
{or while your paint is drying}
Choose your font and saying…then print off your font in the exact size you want it on your sign…
STEP 8:
Place your freezer paper over your printed off letters and use your Exacto knife to trace around your letters
{put aside but remember to keep the ‘insides’ of your letters…like the inside of your R and A}
 STEP 9:
Now you are ready to place your letters onto your wood…for the smaller words I used stencils I had laying around…but after I stenciled the letter onto the wood I then took the paint and filled in the letter so it didn’t look stenciled on!
{see the first picture in the collage below this one}
 STEP 10:
Once I got to the freezer paper letters I simply placed them over my wood before painting over it…
BUT I also used a bit of sticky tack in some places that were lifting…to ensure that it would stay in place!
TIP: when using your freezer paper and stencils make sure to use a ‘bloating’ technique and not a ‘brushing’ technique when painting! This will give you a better chance that ‘paint bleeding’ will not happen
 YOU ARE GETTING CLOSER!
 STEP 11:
Once you have painted all your letters on…it’s time to SAND AGAIN!
REMEMBER: Sand to your hearts desire!
 STEP 12:
Once that is done…take some brown paint and mix it will some water {about 50/50}
Then take your bristle paint brush and lightly paint over the letters…IMMEDIATELY after each brush stroke drag a paper towel over your paint to ensure that you aren’t leaving heavy amounts of brown on top!
 See the extra little bit of goodness that adds!
 Wait for that to dry…place your preferred hanging mechanism on the back…
and you are
DONE!!
 REMEMBER the MORE vintage it looks…the more character it has!!!
HAPPY CRAFT MONDAY EVERYONE!!!
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Love you all!!!
Go enjoy the rest of the day…Monday is almost over!!!
Thank goodness…
XOXO
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