Hey, so I’m back to show you the outcome of our project using our distressed wood from our DIY Barn-Board Tutorial. (If you haven’t checked that out… you should. SO… EASY!
The hubs affixed my distressed ‘barn boards’ to a 1/4” slab of plywood for me, so it’s one solid piece using 1/4" staples... but you could use screws too, as long as they aren't longer than the thickness of the boards. You wouldn't want little pokey screws sticking through the front of your sign!
I downloaded a typewriter font from www.dafont.com, and designed this:
…and printed it out onto a transparency…
…and you guessed it… projected it onto my barn boards with my overhead projector (I can almost guarantee your local library loans them out for FREE, no excuses!)
I traced using a white colored pencil (because I planned to paint with white paint. Use whatever color pencil is close to your paint color!)
Using a tiny paint brush, I painted… it’s like coloring in a coloring book. Just stay in the lines and you’re GOLDEN!
Painting this whole thing took about 20 minutes. So simple.
This was made (with love!) as a wedding ‘gift’ of sorts for a very special couple. But I’m also excited about the prospect of making more of these (in varying colors?) for Christmas gifts and such. Maybe we’ll even add them to our Etsy Shop, even though it’s not kid-related.
I love how customizable it is! The boards can be cut so the sign is ANY dimensions whatsoever, and so many options with colors and such. Not to mention, anything can be painted on. It can be someone’s last name, or it could say ‘Welcome’ or ‘You Are My Sunshine’ or ‘Always Kiss Me Goodnight’. The sky is the limit, and I’m loving that.
Are the little wheels in your head turning with crafty ideas to make meaningful and affordable Christmas gifts this year? Be inspired! GET CREATIVE! And for the love… send us pictures when you’re done.
Over and out.