Here’s what I used:
– Wood strips for front (mine are approx. 3.75″ x 36″)
– Wood for frame
– Vinyl for stencil
– Paint and brushes
– Wood glue
– Brad nailer or hammer and nails
– Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
– Cut File (available for free in my resource library)
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Here is what I did:
1. I had a sheet of thin MDF sitting in the garage. I cut it down to strips approx. 3.75″ x 36″. I used pennies to provide the spacing I wanted and then measured the wood from top to bottom.
2. Once I had the dimensions of the wood strips, I was able to make a frame. The MDF strips were flimsy, so I added extra support with a strip of wood in the middle. I used wood glue and a brad nailer to put the frame together.
3. I glued on the wood strips onto the frame and nailed them in place, still using the pennies for spacing.
4. Once it was all assembled, I painted the entire sign white.
5. Since this sign is so large, and most cutters only cut about 12″ wide, I had to cut the stencil in 2 pieces.
6. I over-lapped the top and bottom stencils just slightly so paint wouldn’t leak where the two piece met.
7. Next, I painted white paint (the base coat color) over the entire stencil. This helps to prevent bleeding.
8. Once the white paint had dried, I painted several light coats of black paint.
9. After the paint had dried for a few minutes, I removed the vinyl stencil.
10. Next, I wanted to distress it a bit. I dipped a dry brush in black paint and wiped some of the paint off on a paper towel. Then, I dragged the brush across the wood strips.
11. Finally, I lightly sanded the entire sign.
I really love how it turned out.
And since it was all made from leftover wood pieces, this sign was basically free!