Hi every one! I’m glad to be back here today sharing this project with you all.
The other day I was at the fabric store but after not finding that perfect fabric for one of my projects, I went to the other section of the store to take a break from it all. While there I saw a little sign that read:
“This Is A Place We Gladly Call Home…
and for that we are truly thankful”
Those words totally spoke to me! I didn’t buy the little sign but I came home thinking about how to create my own version. The sign was more expensive than the materials to make my own sign ten times bigger!
I wanted the look of the American flag on the background, so this is how it was created:
- Five boards – 1x6x6 Pine Dog Ear Picket Fence at $1.50 ea. (They are long rough boards.)
- White, Red & Blue acrylic (or leftover latex paint)
- Star stickers
- Graphite paper
- Sander and sandpaper
- Brown Sharpie marker
- Dark brown stain
- 8 Cup hooks
- 10 Screw eyes
- Optional: Gold Sharpie marker
Cut off the tops to get rid of the “dog ears.” Mark the area for the blue square on the flag.
Add star stickers in the marked off square. Paint over the star stickers with blue paint. (You don’t need to buy new paints for this project, do you have acrylics? Use that! Do you have remnants from wall paint? Use that! Spray paint? That’s fine! This blue paint was a left over from painting my daughter’s room.)
Paint the red stripes next. After the paint dries, remove the star stickers. all the boards got a light sanding.
White acrylic paint and water was mixed (50-50), to create a white-wash. Apply three coats of the white-wash. Wait for the paint to dry between coats.
Print out your quote on the computer:
This Is A Place We Gladly Call Home…
and for that we are truly thankful
Transfer the lettering onto the boards using graphite paper.
Using a brown Sharpie, trace the letters and fill them in.
Do you want them a bit fancier? Use a gold Sharpie to create shadows.
After the letters are filled in, it will look like this:
Give the letters an extra two coats of the white-wash to make them blend better.
Lightly rub stain on the entire sign.
To hold the boards together, attach cup hooks and screw eyes between the boards. (I chose to paint mine silver since I only had gold.)
No need to pre-drill, the boards are fairly soft so the hooks and screw eyes will go in easily.
Attach two extra screw eyes to the top to hang it onto the wall.
This was a very easy way to put the sign together, hang it, and… it doesn’t take much space when it is time to store it away!
I hung some more patriotic decorations and our dining room is ready for a celebration!
Thanks so much for stopping by!