Have you ever gone on vacation and it was just so special? Today I will show you how to make a memory sign of your special vacation. I lucked out because after the hurricane I ended up with the old boards from the fence that blew down. That is the starting point because they have so much character.
Now if you don’t have a pile of weathered wood you can buy a piece of fencing and stain it. If you want the weathered edge you can do this technique I show here.
Once the board is selected decide on some fonts. I felt a plain one and a fancy one worked for the sign I made. By the way, my sign says Siesta Beach. It is a local beach in my area. I did another sign on a fence door that says, Coquina Beach. Another local beach. I am thinking by the time I am done I will have done signs for all the local beaches.
The board I decided on was pretty weathered. That is ok but some spots were nasty. A good sanding on the board worked wonders. I didn’t sand the patina off, just the nasty stuff.
I reused the “Beach” print out from the tray. To transfer the letters to the board I used the Saral transfer paper. If you are going to do a lot of transfers to wood or any medium it is a good investment for a minimal amount. Plus it is easier to clean off the wood. Another method is to rub a pencil on the back of the drawing. Then you go over the letters with a pencil on the right side. The design will be on the surface. Siesta was drawn on by using a stencil.
Then the next step is to fill in the letters with paint. I used some beachy blue paint I already had mixed with Poppies Furniture Paint Powder. After the paint dried I sanded it very lightly. And the sign was ready for a clear protector. It took a couple of coats. To hang it I attached picture wire and hangers to the back.
It is that easy to make a memory sign of your special vacation. Why you can make a gallery wall to commemorate all of the great times and places you have gone to. Do you think you will give this a try?
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Materials and Supplies
Fence Picket (new or used) Paint
2″ Stencil (Similar)
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