Most of us have a few people that are always hard to buy gifts for (aside from men in general!). For me, that’s usually my in-laws, my parents, and my grandparents. I actually figured my in-laws out this year pretty easily but my parents and Grandpa are a little harder. It took me weeks to figure something out…I decided on this handmade gift with a beloved hymn line on it. They all loved it (We did Christmas already with them since we’ll be at my in-laws over Christmas). A special thanks to my husband for his woodworking skills! I told him what I wanted and he built the signs so I could paint the text on them.
What You’ll Need:
- Four 1x4s, cut to 16″ each
- Two 1x4s, cut to 12″ each
- 1 3/8″ Wood Screws
- Stain (I used Minwax PolyShades in Pecan since it’s stain and polyurethane in one in case they wanted to hang it outdoors)
- Two faux-cast iron handles (mine are from Pick Your Plum but you can find them online or in hardware stores.)
- White Acrylic Paint
- Fine sand paper
- Stencils or a Craft Cutter (I used my Silhouette Cameo and scrapbook paper)
- Painter’s Tape
- Wire Hanger (for hanging)
Assemble sign as shown below (top left is front of sign, top right is the back). The two 12″ inch boards will go at the ends of the aligned 16″ boards with 4 screws each, holding the sign together. You can also see how we screwed on the wire hanger on one end. And the cast iron handles are what add the rustic appeal (but you won’t add those until the very end).
To distress them, pound on them with hammers, iron chains, a wire brush, etc. The “damage” adds to the rustic look too. I also opted not to sand for the same reason. Check out the close-up pic just above the supply list to see this better.
Once assembled, stain wood with 1-2 coats of the Minwax PolyShades (allow to dry a few hours between coats). Allow to dry for 24 hours before painting on text.
I designed the phrase in my Silhouette Cameo software (Arial is the basic text and the fancier text is Vaguely Repulsive). At first I tried non-permanent vinyl for my stencil but it didn’t want to stick well so I taped on paper stencils (for the centers of letters like “e” I used a bit a tape on the back to hold them in place). I dabbed on my paint with a foam brush and did two coats, allowing at least an hour drying time between coats. Then carefully pull off the stencil.
Allow to dry for 24 hours and then gently sand to make the text look aged and worn.
Apply one more coat of the Minwax and allow to dry another 24 hours. When dry, carefully screw on handles so as not to split the wood.
Next we want to try make a huge one for our home!
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