How to make wooden sign sayings for wall decor

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How to make wooden sign sayings for wall decor
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Artwork does not need to be purchased from a pricey gallery in order to hang prominently on your wall. Using scrap wood and a reverse stencilling technique, allows you to make wooden sign sayings for wall decor. Reverse stencilling is done by placing an image on your paint surface, painting over it and then removing it to reveal the image shape on your sign. Expensive stencils are not needed to create inspirational or whimsical sayings for your walls.

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Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Die-cut machine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Scrap wood
  • Jigsaw
  • 2 coordinating acrylic paint colours
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspaper
  • Temporary spray adhesive
  • Rolling pin
  • Straight pin
  • Sandpaper
  • Hanging hardware
  • Tools to attach your hanging hardware

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  1. 1

    Choose the saying you would like printed on your wooden sign. Using card stock, cut out each letter using a die-cut machine or enlarge a font on your computer, print and cut out.

  2. 2

    Lay out the letters, spacing the words as you desire. Measure around the laid out saying and add an inch to each side. Cut a piece of scrap wood with a jig saw using these dimensions.

  3. 3

    Paint the front, sides and back of the sign with acrylic paint and allow to dry. This is your base colour. It will be the colour of your finished letters and will also show through in various places after distressing.

  4. 4

    Place your cut letters upside down on newspaper. Lightly spray the letters with temporary adhesive. Position the letters on the front of your painted sign with the glue side down. Roll over the letters with a rolling pin to firmly stick the letters in place.

  5. 5

    Paint the front, sides and back of the sign with a coordinating acrylic paint. You will also be painting over the paper letters. Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes.

  6. 6

    Score around the edge of the letters with a straight pin. Insert the straight pin under the letters to lift the edge. Grasp the edge and peel away from the sign to reveal your saying. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

  7. 7

    Sand the surface of the sign to distress. Allow the base colour to show through in random areas to make the sign look weathered and old.

  8. 8

    Turn the sign over and attach your desired hanging hardware. Hang the sign on your wall.

Tips and warnings

  • Small die-cut machines are available for home use, or schools and libraries may allow the use of theirs for a small fee.

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