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Me & My House Scripture Wood Pallet Sign was on my daughter's wish list for her new house, among 468 other signs, to replace the existing Welcome sign. My new Cameo machine needed a project to justify its price and I didn't want to spend $125 on a sign I could probably make myself even if it was gonna take me weeks. I mean, with 10 easy steps the sign could be done in an afternoon, but ain't nobody got time for that. It cost me roughly $5, using what I had on hand. I saved big!
I'm also inexperienced in making these so I wanted to take my time and make sure I don't mess things up and waste $5, ha! It was done in 10 easy steps from start to finish. I wasn't planning on posting this project, so my photos are taken with my cell phone just to keep my daughter posted on the progress. They are not of good quality and I hope you can forgive me.
Step by Step Tutorial for DIY Me & My House Scripture Wood Pallet Sign:
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- two pallet boards
- Silhouette Cameo or stencils
- contact paper or adhesive shelf liner
- washi tape or painters tape
- Mod Podge
- small paint brush and sponge brush
- picture hangers
How I made Scripture Wood Sign DIY Step by Step Tutorial:
1 First, I removed two boards from my pallet. The pallet was free. You can usually get them at any nursery or home improvement store. Just ask.
2 Then I laid them side-by-side, decided on which side I want the Scripture, and added lattice for support on the opposite side, placing one in the middle and one on each end. I attached them to the boards with nails, making sure they're not longer than the boards and poke through the front.
3 I stained the front of the sign with a damp cloth dipped in leftover white paint, giving it washed look, and let it dry. If you have acrylic paint in white, you can use that too, or any white paint you have on hand.
4 Then I used washi tape (it was at my reach and I was too lazy going through my garage looking for painters tape) and taped the strips 1-inch away from the edges of the sign. Sorry, I didn't get a picture of this process.
6 Using Times New Roman font, I made the Scripture design in my Silhouette Cameo library. I don't like wasting anything, so I moved the letters around to fit on a cutting mat, which is 12x12-inch. I used a contact paper or shelf liner to get my adhesive stencil. It works like a charm and is less expensive than vinyl per roll. You can use any color you want. I have a roll of white shelf liner as I can use it for other projects as well.
7 To transfer my design from the mat to the board, I used transfer paper. It keeps the design in place and away from sticking everywhere. Once I had it on a transfer paper I peeled off the backing. For smaller projects, I use clear contact paper but it is bit tackier and I didn't want to risk any issues here. Let me tell you ... arranging letters took so much time and patience. I'm thinking next time I'll print it in one piece to save time and frustration.
8 To paint my letters I used a sponge brush and slightly diluted black acrylic paint (it looks blue in these photos but it really is black). No matter how sticky my contact paper is, the paint always finds its way to bleed underneath the stencils. Or maybe I'm just a sloppy painter. Granted, some imperfections are welcomed. I like the rustic charm they give.
However, I read somewhere that painting around the letters first with Mod Podge is a great trick to ensure no paint bleed. It dries clear so you can't even see it. What a brilliant idea! Wish I could remember where I read it to say THANK YOU!
9 Finally, when my paint dried I gently peeled off my stencil and distressed the sign in few places with fine sandpaper.
10 I recruited my husband to attach the picture hanger on the back. He used two sawtooth hangers like these, spaced evenly. Sorry, I didn't take a photo of that finished processed either.
Trust me, if I was able to make this, then anyone can. Only 10 steps to make this Me & My House Scripture sign is as easy as it gets.
I wasn't completely honest with my daughter on the progress (I was sending her pictures with a delay). That way I could surprise her with it. I knew she'd run her errands next time I visit while I play with my granddaughters. When she came home, it was already hanging over the original Welcome sign.
She LOVES the sign, but she might kill me when she sees I'm sharing pictures of her house. If you don't see any updates from me, call the police.
What do you think? Did you make something similar? Would you do this sign differently? If you like this design, here is FREE Cameo file for you to use. In case you too like to save material, I'm including my compressed version as well.
Disclaimer: Design is for personal use only and not commercial distribution.
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