24 October 2012

Pinterest - I got you. {welcome sign}


Finally I'm sticking it to pinterest. After months & months of pinning and never doing ANYthing, I've decided those days are done.  I have been ordering supplies from hobby lobby (btw, you can shop online there now!!), making trips to home depot to get paint & scrap wood, attending craft activities at church...etc. I am feeling like a crafty mama. And I am not crafty, ask my Husband. So this is a big deal, folks.

Speaking of my Husband, I have to give him major props for putting up with all of my DIY talk. Between pulling him over to look at my pinterest boards and keeping him up late talking his ear off about projects I'm working on - I'm sure I've been driving him bonkers. He deserves an award.

I have so many things I want to show you but first up, the Welcome Sign.

I had mentioned that I attended a church craft activity, this was one of the crafts that I chose to make. All of the parts and pieces were ordered ahead of time (yay!), but I had to put it all together from scratch.

Here is how mine turned out:

Here is what you need:
  • 1 24" 4x4 or if you want it taller, that would look good as well. 
  • 2x 5 1/2" wooden plaques (or cut to whatever size you'd like)
  • 2x 4" smaller wooden plaques (or cut an inch or so smaller than the large plaques)
  • roughly a 10"x3" wooden plaque (this will be your welcome sign)
  • Paint, whatever colors you'd like
  • Metal hook
  • Drill bits and screws 
  • Wood glue
  • Wire
  • Vinyl letters (or you could paint on using stencils)
  • Wood stain (if you wish)
  • Sand Paper (if you wish)
And that's basically it! For this sign, I used a medium sized drill bit to drill a hole in the 4x4, and also in the center of the square plaques (both top and bottom) then used screws to attach the top and bottom squares to the post. I didn't actually use any wood glue. But the glue is an awesome alternative if you don't want to bust out the drill. Although, you'll need a drill bit if you want to puncture hole's in the sign to attach the wire.
Next I painted the post white and the welcome sign a light aqua color. After the paint dried, I sanded down the corners of all the pieces of wood and then used a dark walnut stain where I sanded to give it an aged look. I also rubbed some stain on the face of the post as well. Not sure if I like that or not?

I then screwed in the hook.

Lastly, I applied the vinyl lettering to the sign, drilled holes in the top corners and threaded the wire through.

Easy. I love this because I can change out the sign for the season, or put wreaths on it! It was an awesome and easy project!


MaggieTheMrs said...

I'm a new follower and a new blogger and I have to say, I LOVE your sign. I also love Pinterest. I've tried a few recipes, but I've only tried one craft so far. Looks like I need to get the ball rolling!

Tara said...

Love it! I will have to try this! How expensive was it?

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Tara, it's very inexpensive!! Depending on what supplies you already had, I'd say it was somewhere around $15!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks Maggie! I'm the opposite, I haven't tried any recipes from Pinterest yet, but hoping I will get around to it with the Holiday's coming up!

HeatherLClark said...

Love it!!!!!!!!!

Lea said...

Well, that is just dandy! You go girl!

Lisa said...

definitely adding this to my piterest-to-do-list whichbytheway is super long too! lol

mamakatslosinit said...

Cute!! I love it when I actually decide to attempt a pin I found. Although, mine don't come out nearly as nice.

annie said...

super cute, but how do you keep your kids from knocking it over? hahaha, that would be a problem around here.

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks Annie! And I surprisingly, my toddler has never knocked it over!! It's bound to happen sooner or later, though. lol

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks Kat! And I'm sure your pinned projects turn out great! You're just being modest.

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

do it!! And seriously, my list is super long, too. wish i had time to do it all!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks Heather!

Anu Jagtap Chatterjee said...

This looks so beautiful! May I ask where did you get the 24x4x4 wood piece from. Thanks for sharing!