I think simple wooden signs add charm and warmth to my house. Today I will show you how to make a reversible Christmas sign. It goes with the Holiday Sign Made from a Broken Chair. If you don’t have a broken chair or don’t feel like making a chair hanger you can still make this sign.
It really is a very easy project. I took a piece of pallet wood and using my miter saw cut two pieces 12 inches long. Run a bead of wood glue along the long edge and clamp it until dry.
Once the boards are dry, sand both sides to smooth out the roughness of the pallet boards. Now you can buy a wood board and have the home store cut to size for you if you don’t have access to a pallet or a saw. By the way, if you like the little red Christmas car ornament you can get the directions here.
The boards won’t have the patina that the pallet boards have but you can certainly give it an age look with dark wax or some wood stain.
For this project, I went to Dollar Tree and bought the foam Christmas shapes. I bought the tree and snowflake, they also have an angel, ornament, and a gingerbread man.
Trace around the tree on one side of the board and the snowflake on the other side.
Paint the tree in a Christmas green and then again with green glitter craft paint. I used a small star stencil for the top. Fill in with gold glitter paint.
The snowflake is painted with white craft paint. I painted over the entire piece using the twinkle glitter paint.
To hang it I measured in an inch on either side of the top and drilled a pilot hole. I put a dab of wood glue in the holes and screwed in eye screws. A screwdriver is too large to fit through the smaller hole so use an awl to twist the screw eye in.
A length of green rope was cut and tied in each eye screw. To prevent it from coming loose or unraveling put a little bit of tacky glue on the knot.
Now you can hang it from the Chair Hanger or a decorative picture hanger hook. It really is easy to make a reversible Christmas sign don’t you think?
Giving Store Bought Letters A Custom Look
Giving store bought letters a custom look is easy to do. Recently some friends and I went to a new vintage market in our area. It is always inspiring to see what others are doing. My friend, Marianne saw a sign and said she had the same letters that someone had given her and she would give them to me. I don’t turn down free stuff, do you?The letters spell bar and are on metal. They have a rustic look and a hanger on the back. So all that needs to be done is to hang on the wall. Now you know I am not going to do that. Besides now a days it wouldn’t quite match my decor. So I decided to give the letters a custom look.
Like every good DIY’er I too have a stash of old wood. There was a bad summer storm and a portion of the fence blew down. I rescued a few pieces because I knew I would find a use for them. I sawed one edge of each board to get the correct size, I needed to distress the sawed edge to match the naturally worn edge that was in the ground. I really needed a chisel. I don’t have one so I used the hammer and a hatchet.
The wood splintered and became uneven so it worked. I sanded down the wood to take off the I don’t know what it was. It also smoothed out the rough edges where I distressed them. A clear coat of wax gives the boards a nice touch and it still looks worn and weathered.
Because the letters have hangers on the back, I took smaller pieces of wood that span the three boards to attach them together. That is after I used wood glue on the long edges. I used my brad nailer to secure the small pieces of wood to the longer boards. Then time to get out the caulk gun and use liquid nails to attach the letters to the wood. I actually ended up cutting the top of the tube because I think the liquid nails hardened in the tube. I didn’t want to take a chance of puncturing my leg like I did the last time I used it. Yup trying to get the liquid nails to come out of the caulk gun I used the awl to jam down the opening to loosen it up. It slipped and went right into my thigh. So please don’t do what I did, be careful.
So back to liquid nails. I got an old plastic knife and buttered the liquid nails on the small pieces of wood. I placed the letters on top. Then I took an old tee shirt and placed it on the letters to protect them from heavy pavers I placed on top. Once it dried I hammered in saw tooth hangers on the back. If you don’t have used fence pickets you can buy them at Lowes or Home Depot and distress the sawn edges. Granted they won’t have the nice weathered look like my boards, but they can be painted to resemble weathered wood or any color for that matter. A word of caution, when painting fence pickets, they can fall apart if they get too saturated. Why I don’t know since they are obviously out in the weather but I made an example board using chalk paint and a couple pieces of the wood did split in two.
This is an easy way to personalize store bought letters. I really like having original artwork in my home and this is a simple way to get that look. Don’t you think so?