I have to give credit where credit is due. My husband came up with the idea to make a wooden sign out of these fence posts after he saw them at Lowe’s a few weeks ago. This sign is roughly 4’x3′ and I made it for an empty spot in our back yard so I searched for the perfect outdoor quote and settled on this Emerson one.
What You’ll Need to Make Your Own:
- 6 fence boards cut to 48″ long
- Paint (a dark color, white, and paint for your text and images). I used house paint for the dark grey and white and acrylic craft paints for the detail work).
- Stencils (I made my own using scrapbook paper and my Silhouette Cameo)
- Painter’s Tape
- Polyurethane (if you plan to put yours outdoors)
Normally, we wouldn’t use so many random boards for the back but the Hubs wanted use up some scraps.
First, I painted a coat of dark grey (with a little help from my son) and let it dry for 24 hours. Then I did a coat of white and let that dry another 24 hours. Next, I sanded the edges and between the boards to create the worn look. This lets the dark grey poke through and creates the aged look.
Next I did some measuring and got to work on cutting the stencils using my Silhouette Cameo. This step takes a while because there’s a lot of stencil cutting, measuring, placing and taping. I use painter’s tape rolled up and cut into small pieces to place underneath letter centers and anything that sticks up.
The two fonts I used are Kefa (the serif font, which was included with Apple’s Mac OS X Lion (10.7) operating system) and Lavanderia Strong (the script font).
When that was all done, I used a spouncer (a little round piece of foam on a stick) to dab my paint colors on. A spouncer works best on the stencils to keep the paint light which creates cleaner lines on the text.
While the paint was still damp I carefully removed all my stencils.
I decided it need a little something still and a pop of pink so I added the flowers to each of two corners. When it was dry it did a thick coat of Polyurethane.