my mother-in-law sent me a link a couple years ago to a blog post about a sign she wanted me to make for her. i told her i could make it, and i did! it only took me 2 years to make it…
well, not really. just 2 years to start it!
sean took some reclaimed wood, assembled it into a rectangle – it was pretty big… about 2.5′ x4′.
simple wood scrap braces support the back.
i created a word document with 2 fonts: modern no. 20 & stalemate. to save on ink i printed it as an outline only.
i layer out all the pieces of paper, connecting them with tape.
i trimmed anywhere the papers overlapped.
after several different attempts, i finally figured out the quickest way to transfer the outline to the wood: with chalk! i kept the top edge of each word taped in place, then flipped it up…
and coated behind the lettering by rubbing chalk on it.
i flipped it back in place and then traced the printed outline by pressing hard with a sharp pencil.
the chalk transferred right onto the wood! it was trickier in some spots because of the heavily weathered wood we chose, but still turned out great.
i was doing this project late in the night and kind of forgot to check if i had all the supplies on hand that i needed. i ended up mixing together several bits of bottles of white paint and used a couple super thin brushes to outline the letters, then filled in with slightly wider brushes.
after it had all dried i just dusted off the excess chalk (this pic is pre-dusting).
i added the star at the end, using a straight edge and a white colored pencil to make the lines, then coated with paint.
and here it is in its final resting place on my mother-in-law’s mantel. until its time to pack up the christmas decor…
(this project was relatively simple, but pretty time consuming. after the wood was assembled, the rest of the work took about 8 hours. just a heads up!)