Hey guys!! So, thanks for stopping in today! I’m sharing with you guys one of my favorite projects that I do! They’re so pretty and make fantastic gifts! I know we’ve all seen the beautiful signs all over social media in the beautifully styled homes. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can make them for yourself! But if you aren’t into that type of thing you should head to Etsy to pick up one of these beauties for yourself…I happen to have my very own Etsy shop that I just reopened that offers these lovely little babes haha.
Now that I’m done with that shameless plug let’s get on with it! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my post a few weeks back of my “Because of the Brave” wood sign.
Isn’t she purdy? I made this cutie last year for Fourth of July. Want to see a picture of how I styled it taken with the worlds saddest smart phone?
Womp womp womp! Luckily I have been able to move up in the cell phone world and my pictures are now a little bit better haha. Anyways, doesn’t it look cute next to my chalkboard? You can see how I made it here.
So, for the sign I don’t really have progress pictures because I didn’t plan on posting it. I do have pictures though from a sign I made as a teacher gift so I can show you the steps I take. And please fell free to leave any questions in the comments and I’ll do my best to explain anything that’s not clear.
- (1) 1×10-Cut to 9.25″ or 1/4″ plywood cut to 9.25″x9.25″
- (4) 1×2 cut to fit picture
- Paint (I use this this in “Ocean” and “Plaster”)
- Stain (I use Dark Walnut)
- Transfer paper
So the first two steps are what I don’t have pictures of. You will want to download the cut file down at the bottom of this post. It’s already sized for a 1×10 board but if you have a different size just resize it to whatever you need. Now cut it out of vinyl. I use this from BoGo Vinyl. I find that it sticks well but comes off easily. I tried the Hobby Lobby brand and it would be great if you were leaving the vinyl on but left a lot of sticky residue and ruined the sign when I took it off. Paint your wood with the “Plaster” color paint. Let dry very well (overnight if you’re patient enough) and then using your transfer paper apply the letter part of the stencil. Paint over the whole thing with the “Ocean” paint. I did 2 coats and then remove the stencil. After that is completely dry you can sand it down to give it a distressed look like I did.
Sand and stain your 1×2. I do this before cutting the board to make it easier. When you stain your 1×2 make sure you wipe the stain off really well because it will just become sticky if you don’t.
Tip: If you plan on making a few signs you can sand and stain a few 1x2s at a time. This way if you are ever wanting to make one you can easily just paint the sign and grab the already stained and ready to go 1×2 pieces to make your frame.
Now it’s time to frame. If you use the 1×10 board it’s really easy. Just lay the board on a flat surface and cut two pieces to board height. Using a nail gun, glue and nail the frame flush with the bottom. Measure what you need for the last two boards (board width plus 1.5″ from the frames you already put on. Glue and nail them the same way. The process for the plywood is a bit different. Start by cutting two pieces of stained 1×2 and 2 pieces of just sanded 1×2. You’ll lay the non stained boards flat and glue and nail the stained boards to them.
Lay the sign onto the boards and nail through the sign into the non stained boards.
Measure the sign now to figure out the length needed for the top and bottom frame pieces. You will only need the stained boards here. Glue and nail them into the rest of the frame that you have already built.
Now you’re done if you want to be but I like to sand down the frame a little bit. Then put it out and admire your awesome work!
I like to put it out with my favorite picture of me and my favorite vet! Hubba hubba haha
And even though this isn’t the sign that the post is about I’ll show you the finished Teacher Gift sign 😉
Hope you’ll make your own and if you do please use the #simplylovelylumber on social media so I can see it! Thanks for stopping by and again, if you need me to clear anything up please just leave a comment for me!