Does it bother you how we go from Halloween to Christmas and forget about Thanksgiving? It sure does me. If you feel like that also then gather your paint and brush to make a Thanksgiving sign. It only took an afternoon from start to finish. Plus the best part is I can leave it out all year.
I happen to have a cutting board that I bought for the Thrifty Chicks kitchen challenge. I didn’t use it for that but it is perfect for this idea. I got mine at a thrift store. You can always use a wooden plaque sold in the big box or craft stores if you can’t find or don’t have a breadboard.
If you don’t have a fancy cutting machine to make stencils you can do what I do, use the poor man’s technique. That means I decided on a font in Word and typed out what I wanted to paint on my sign. For this project, I decided on “Gather Together”. Don’t you feel that is what Thanksgiving is all about? And of course giving thanks for our blessings.
Select a font that is forgiving. What I mean by that is something that doesn’t need to be perfect. One that resembles handwriting is the best. I decided on the font called Markella. Type it in and determine the size for your board. I had to take it up to about 140 or so. I don’t quite remember. And how do you do that since it only goes to 72 when you click on the icon? Type in the number you think you will need and it will increase the size of the font.
Once you decide on the size and placement get out a piece of your Saral paper to transfer to the wood. If you don’t have the Saral paper you can also take your pencil and scribble the back of the paper to create a way to transfer. Tape the words to the board and slip the piece of Saral paper under it and trace over the words.
Carefully check underneath to make sure you got all of the letters traced. Now it is time to gather your paint and brush and start painting. Fill in the letters. See what I mean about the font is forgiving? So don’t worry if the lines aren’t perfect. Besides the more you paint within the lines the better you get.
Let the paint dry for a while so it gets hard. You don’t want it to smear because the next step is to sand. And that is exactly what I did to age it a bit. I think it gives the piece character, don’t you?
The next step is to wax with a clear wax and then go back over it with a dark wax. If you want to hang it add a sawtooth hanger to the back. That is all there is to it so go ahead and gather your paint and brush to make a Thanksgiving sign.
Take a minute this holiday season to reflect and be thankful. Gather together with friends and family. It is something we should do each and every day.
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