A few weeks ago I received an email from my sister with a copy of this picture. She said, "I'll take one of these for my birthday :) " Since I didn't get around to it by her birthday I had to get to it before Christmas!
Right off I want to tell you this is a more time consuming project than I normally share. BUT, please don't let that keep you from trying. It can be done in a day or even an afternoon. I've tried to do some of the prep work to speed it up for you.
Items Needed For This Project:
- Wood Board: I went to Home Depot. They have plywood in 2' X 4' pieces. I had them cut it in half to make (2) 24" X 24" squares. Total cost was $10 = $5 each. You could get similar at most hardware supply stores. They will cut for free.
- Craft Paint: Black, White, Red. I used a lot of white. You probably need 4 bottles of white and just one of black and red.
- Stain: I used Minwax 'classic gray'. I bout the smallest container as it doesn't take much at all.
- Sandpaper: I used my electric hand sander. But you could do by hand as well.
- Sharpie: Black and Brown.
- Misc: Ruler, Pencil, Carbon Tracing Paper, Painters tape.
Step by Step Instructions:
- Lighty sand board: Sand with the Grain.
- Paint entire board white. I did two coats. Paint with the grain.
- Trace words onto board. ( 'HAVE': 4" letters placed in center 1.5" down from top, 'YOURSELF A': 3.5" letters placed in center 1/2" below HAVE, 'MERRY': 5" letters placed in center 3/4" below YOURSELF A, 'CHRISTMAS': 3" letters placed in center 1.5" from bottom, 'little': 2.5" letters placed in center of board and center of words. ) ***Fonts used: Arial Black and Janda Elegant Handwriting
- Paint words.
- Using painters tape, Tape off 1/2" border and paint black
- Distress sign using sandpaper. Wipe off all dust with clean rag.
- Outline black words with black sharpie. Used a ruler on all straight edges to get nice crisp look. Use brown sharpie on red 'little".
- Using Minwax Classic Gray stain, wipe over entire sign. Wipe off excess.
- Optional: Spray with Deft clear coat finishing spray.