You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I’ve actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!! With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It’s what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I’m a happy happy girl!
I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn’t. I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that’s perfect above a doorway, window, mantel or shelf, and I absolutely love it!
I originally had envisioned it somewhere else–actually to go above the stocking holder I made. But I love the contrast of the chalkboard and green of the boxwood wreath, so it found a new home!
With the addition of a cozy red throw and some cute Christmas pillows, the space is feeling more like home, even though it’s just for a little while.
This is a SUPER easy project, and the longest part is just waiting for the paint to dry. This is how I did it:
-1x4x39 pine board (a 1×4 cut to a 39 inch length)
-paint (white or cream and red)
-Merry Christmas stencil (download free cut file below)
-Stain your board using a lint-free cloth. I love Dark Walnut by Minwax the most! There are about a million different methods for getting that distressed wood look, but I’m an impatient crafter, and all about easy and simple. I’ve done many different ways, but this is still my overall favorite way! Let it dry completely.
2. Next you’ll want to paint your sign the color you want THE TEXT to be. I used a white craft paint. Let dry completely.
3. Cut your vinyl, then transfer to your board. Seal the text as tightly as you can, using your finger to press firmly, and even credit card if you need to. (You can download the cut file for free below. The font = Orator Medium.
4. Paint your board the color you want it to be–I used red! Let dry completely, then remove the vinyl letters.
5. Sand, sand, sand! It always starts looking better and better once I start sanding! :) Go lightly over the text–the letters will come off faster than you think! Sand all the edges, and try and get the different layers to poke through.
6. Wipe off excess dust with a damp cloth.