how to DIY a wooden sign {a tutorial}

hand lettered sign how to DIY a wooden sign {a tutorial}

Hand-lettering your own wooden signs is easy, takes few materials, and you can create something totally custom and one-of-a-kind. I’m updating and resharing a very popular post from a few years back today…if you’ve ever wanted to know how to create your own wooden signs, you’re in the right place! Enjoy!

Yes, lots of techniques are out there…painting over letter stickers is a popular one, especially when creating subway art. Letter stencils are another easy method. Neither was what I was after, though. I wanted something that would give me large letters, and I also didn’t like the line “breaks” that you see in letter stencils.
(I shared a very similiar technique when I first started my blog on my Wooden Welcome Sign Tutorial, but I wanted to reshare it here!)

Materials Needed:
computer and printer

paint marker
craft paint

Step One: Find a font that you want to recreate, and, using your word processing software, type out and print out exactly what you want the sign to say. Also, make your letters the exact size you want them to be in the finished product.

Step Two: Cut out each individual letter (leave a border of white around each letter), and place each letter exactly where you want it on your wood. Take your pencil (I used a mechanical pencil with no lead showing), and outline each of your letters.

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The marks will be visible, but only barely!

Step Three: (This, by the way, is where real artists probably want to stop reading-if they haven’t already!) Outline your letters using a paint pen.

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Step Four: Using a small paintbrush and craft paint. Fill in your letters (I needed two coats).

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I’d love to hear any tips you all have for hand lettering signs! This is, so far, the easiest method I’ve found…what works for you?

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office chair makeover {a tutorial}

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I recently shared my craft room makeover with you all, and one of my favorite parts of the space is my updated office chair in shades of pink, gray and white. I don’t know why, but I’ve been drawn to pink more lately, and I’ve especially been drawn to it in this space, that is all my own and can be as girly and fun as I’d like.

Anyway, waaay back when on the blog, four years ago, to be exact, I shared this post when I turned a dated, standard office chair into this:

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I do still love the red and blue fabric I used, but, alas, it was time for something different. Here’s how I did it:

fabric (can be quilting or home décor weight)
hot glue gun or upholstery stapler

Step 1: I used about a yard of home décor weight fabric for this makeover. I began by taking the original fabric off the top part of the chair (the frame just pops off, so I didn’t hot glue it or anything last time and it held just fine), and cut out a piece of fabric the same size to recover with.

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Step 2: Unsnap the top of the chair, take your fabric and tuck it into the back of the chair. You’ll probably need a dowel or popsicle stick to stretch and pull the fabric taut. Once taut, the chair easily snaps back together again.

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Step 3: And now it’s time to tackle the seat of the chair. I just laid the seat (it unscrews from the chair frame), facedown, on top of my fabric, cut out a square of fabric a bit bigger than I thought I’d need, and began by hot gluing the four edges down on top of the cardboard backing.

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Next, it’s time to fold the corners (similar to how you wrap a gift), and hot glue down.

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Rescrew the seat back down, and you’re done! Here’s the chair in all it’s glory…isn’t she lovely?

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paper rosettes {a tutorial}

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From last week’s craft room tour, you may remember the paper rosettes hanging on either side of the window. They were a last minute addition, but I’m so glad I took the time to make and hang them–they add such a fun, creative element to the space, don’t you think?

They were much easier to make than I thought–I created all dozen or so of them in the space of a couple of How I Met Your Mother episodes on Netflix. Want to make some of your own? Here’s how I did it…

scrapbook paper
hot glue
scissors (to create different sizes, if desired)

Step 1: Choose your scrapbook paper (I went with shades of pink, blue, gray, and black and white). For each rosette, three sheets of scrapbook paper is ideal, but you can get away with two sheets if you’d like (I’ll show you the difference between using two or three sheets later in the post)! The tutorial below shows a rosette created with two sheets of paper.

Take each sheet of scrapbook paper and fold it accordion style.

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Step 2: Take each accordion-folded sheet of paper, and fold it in half. Then, using hot glue, attach the two inner pieces of paper so that, once dry, they’ll look like the example below…

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Step 3:  You’ll now need to take your two (or three) fan-shaped pieces and hot glue them together to form your rosette. First, lay your two pieces side by side, take the ends where they meet, and hot glue them together (as in top picture below). Once secure, open each side of the rosette until the sides meet again (see second picture below), and hot glue them together.

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And that’s it! You can see the difference between using two sheets of scrapbook paper and using three sheets in the picture below…the black and white one used three sheets, and is therefore a bit fuller than the striped one below it with two sheets.

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