Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Personalized Wedding Gift - A Pinterest Project

I don't know if you know this or not, but wedding season is coming up. I've been invited to 3 weddings so far. One was last weekend, one is in 2 weeks, and my sister's is in June. I had found this little beauty back when I first started pinning, and I just knew I would use it some day. My sister is gonna love it!

 #DIY Personalized #Wedding or #Anniversary Sign via @cupcake_n_bake inspired by Hippos and Dinosaurs

Ok, so it's not as rustic as Katie's (inspiration), but I didn't have any spare wood laying around. I had to go purchase it, so mine wasn't already pre-weathered. I still really like it, but I do wish I had used off white paint instead of bright white. Maybe next time.

 How to make home decor signage via @cupcake-n-bake

It's very simple to make. Let's start with the board. I went to Lowe's and picked up a pre-cut 2x2 pieces of plywood. I'm not sure about the thickness; I probably should have looked at that. It's pretty thin, because I thought a thicker piece would be too heavier. Oh, it's also cheaper than the thick pieces. It was something like $3.48. They even cut it in half for me. 

 How to weather a board via @cupcake_n_bake

Now on to weathering. For the red, I used a bright red craft paint. I added 2 black drops to it, and just a bit of water. The water is for thinning. I wanted the board to sort of soak it up a bit. I used my larger paint brush to mix the two colors together, and I started painting away. Notice the cardboard is colored too, yeah take that precaution or you'll end up with paint everywhere. I used another styrofoam bowl and put a few drops of black paint in it. I took my smaller (dry) brush and brushed out a few strokes onto the side of the bowl. Basically, I was trying to dull the paint a bit. Then, I swiped a few brushstrokes across the board to give it a weathered affect. I did this randomly and minimally. 

 Make your own stencil via @cupcake_n_bake

Let's talk stenciling. To make my own stencils, I used a printer and document editor. Yep, it's that simple. Once I selected the size and fonts I wanted, I used one of Hubby's pocket knives to cut the letters out. Wanna know what fonts I used? (keep in mind I have a Mac, but you can always download fonts. I did!)

Dillon - Helvetica size 400
& - Times size 200
Kristen - Honey Script Semi Bold size 500
EST. 2013 - Papyrus size 150

 Make your own signage via @cupcake_n_bake

I ended up laying the stencils out one more time. Notice how in the picture the & is straight. I decided while painting that I wanted it to be catty-corner. I'm pretty happy with that decision.

Next just get a Sawtooth Hanger and hot glue it to the back for easier hanging.

 #DIY personalized #Wedding or #Anniversary sign via @cupcake_n_bake

I was very careful to hold the sides of the stencil down as not to paint under them. I did make a few mistakes, but I was able to cover them up pretty well. 

I'm pretty sure my sister will like it. I know her future husband does, because he's already seen it. Maybe I should start selling these on Etsy. What do you think?

 #DIY personalized #Wedding or #anniversary sign via @cupcake_n_bake

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  1. Awesome sign! Great idea to make your own stencil ~ I need to try that.
    I'm visiting today from CRAFT. I hope you get the chance to visit my blog, linkup and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Link Up Sat thru Friday @ DIY Showcase Link Party

    1. I'll definitely visit. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What a great idea and something they can put up in the house to remember forever!

    Stopping by from submarine-sunday :)

    1. I'm glad you like it!

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm always glad to have visitors :)

  3. That is so cool and original! I would love it as a gift! Thanks for linking up with Pin It! Tuesday! Hope to see you there again next week!


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