I love making wood signs but for the small signs, craft wood can really add up! My husband came across long flat wood shims that are 1.5 inches wide and 0.25-inch thick for super cheap at the hardware store so I’ve started using those instead. They’re not as perfect as the craft wood but I think that adds to the rustic quality and the signs literally cost a few dollars to make!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this Rustic Glam Winter Sign:
- Ten 1.5-inch flat wood shims cut to 12-inches in length
- Sanding blocks
- Gray Wood Stain or Paint
- White Acrylic Paint
- One sheet 12 x 12 Scrapbook Paper
- Respositionable Spray Adhesive (I use Krylon Easy-Tack)
- Silhouette CAMEO
- Light hold Cutting Mat (optional but nice when working with paper stencils)
- Hook Tool
- Craft Tweezers
- Winter Deer Silhouette Design Cut File
- Paint Spouncer
- Tacky Glue
As noted above, we cut all the shims down to 12-inches in length. I put 8 of them together to form at 12-inch square. Then, I used Elmer’s Wood Glue to glue two wood sticks to the back as shown below. Set something heavy on it while it dries.
After it dries thoroughly for at least a few hours, stain or paint it gray. After it dries, use sanding blocks to help “age” the wood.
Next, I use your Silhouette CAMEO to cut the Winter Deer Shape on a piece of 12-inch square scrapbook paper.
I love stenciling with paper! I find it so much easier to work with the vinyl (and it’s way cheaper too!). I buy big packs on the clearance racks at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.
The secret to stenciling with paper is the Repositionable Spray Adhesive. I use the Krylon Easy-Tack shown below. Just spray on the back of your stencil, wait 60 seconds and then press onto your wood sign. Craft tweezers come in really handy for adding in the little detail pieces. Once all the stencil pieces are on, use a spouncer to lightly dab on a coat of white paint.
Let dry just a few minutes and then carefully remove the stencil while the paint is still damp. The Silhouette Hook is really handy for lifting off those detail pieces.
After it dried thoroughly, I decided it need some pops of color so I used tacky glue to randomly add sequins. It looks great with our black. white and bright Holiday Décor!
After the sequins dry, add a hanger to the back if desired or just prop on your mantel or a shelf.
My daughters love the “shiny things” on the reindeer. Everything is happier with some color and shimmer, right? 🙂
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