What design elements do you like to use when you decorate for Christmas? Lots of people are getting crafty in what they include in their decor. I'm not crafty, but I enjoyed painting a Christmasy sign! Want to try your hand at making your own seasonal wooden signs? Keep reading!
This year, I got slightly artsy with my Christmas decor. I used this homeade chalkboard sign my husband made this summer and flipped it for a new Christmas decoration! (And really, I can use it for winter as well!)
In a small home, I like to keep things as simple and as clean looking as possible. I don't want to overpower our spaces either and since we have small, busy children, maybe you do to. I'm not into a lot of dainties sitting around for them to grab and break. So, as I talked about in the tour part 1, I tried to use a lot of natural elements, just like our wooden sign!
This year, my hubby and I made two wooden signs to use not only for the Christmas season, but throughout the winter. You can make a sign, too!
Wood of choice and size
Small nails (depending on the sign)
Paint & brushes * I find the paint samples from your hardware store work far better than acryclic paint from the craft store.
For the small kitchen sign, you need a small piece of wood, your choice for the size and you'll need to cut a frame. Secure with wood glue. Then paint! I use chalk to draw out my designs first. Then paint over them. It's important to let each layer of paint dry before applying the second coat. If you're in a crunch for time, use a blow dryer!
For the large living room area sign, we used the unfinished side of several hardwood flooring slats we had lying around in the garage. My hubby sanded and stained the wood, fastened together the slats and then I sketched out the design with my chalk. I'm learning to free hand letters with a paint brush and, whew, it's taking me a lot of practice!
When free-handing, you want to use a very small brush and make sure you have plenty of paint on it. You can really only do a small section of a letter before dipping into more paint for a refill.
I wanted our painting to look very simple and rustic and be used well into the winter season. Choose a saying or lyric that fits your purpose for the sign. After painting, my hubby applied the clear coat over the paint to protect it and then added the trim, a thicker trim which he white washed.
Have you ever made a wooden sign for decor? I'm not a professional, but I certainly enjoyed doing it! I'd love to see what you've made, too!
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