DIY Winter Wood Sign


Recently I was a guest poster over at Sugar Bee Crafts, and I shared this tutorial for a winter wood sign. Wooden signs are all the rage on Pinterest, so here’s one way to make your own!

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

I found two of this wooden sign on clearance at the local Meijer. Who can pass that up?

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

Well, definitely not me! I tend to just fly by the seat of my paint-smeared pants and play with stuff, so I didn’t really have a design in mind. I actually originally started a sign for Halloween, but time got away from me, and I never finished it. I got as far as removing the metal brads and the flower, then spray painting the entire sign black.

When Halloween passed me by,  I reconsidered my options. We recently moved back home to our native Chicago after five years in sunny Vegas, so a pretty sign to embrace the approaching cold seemed a fitting idea!  We’ve taken so much good-natured grief from Chicagoans and Las Vegans alike for electing to return the the frozen Midwest, why not wear it proudly? LET IT SNOW.

First, gotta get rid of the black. I wanted to incorporate the cold with a nice sparkly snowflake in the top corner, so I spray painted the corner a silver metallic.

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

I absolutely adore using my Cricut cutting machine with vinyl, so I cut my sign elements out with a combination of cartridges from Cricut’s winter rental bundle.

After placing the snowflake on the silver portion, I slathered a large area with Creamcoat “Blue Heaven” acrylic paint for the letters.

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

Now here is a great example of being “flexible” with your crafts. I painted the bottom corner a glittery white with the intention of more snowflakes (see those small three in the picture above, all cut and ready?). Well, those little guys did NOT want to adhere to my wood! The likely reason is I was rushing, and not allowing sufficient drying time. (I don’t practice patience all that well.)  I ended up ruining my snowflakes, so that idea was out.

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

Hmm, I forgot to take a picture of the green paint under the tree, but you get the idea.

Next up, cover the all the vinyl with a coat of  Modge Podge.  This helps to seal the letters down and avoid bleed-through when you top off the whole sign with your “background” color.

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

See my vinyl peeking out under my paint layer? This time, I DID allow sufficient drying time. (Lesson learned. Bad Meg.)

Okay, here comes the true test of patience.

PEELING.

A pair of tweezers can help to manipulate the removal of the vinyl.

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

Another key tip for removing vinyl is to pull away from the edge of paint, rather than simply straight up or back.

Even with patience, tweezers, and the pull technique, sometimes you’re still going to have issues.

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

My snowflake vinyl pulled up more paint than I wanted. :(  Similarly, my SNOW cut pulled up ALL the paint, including the blue I wanted to stay there!

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

My tree got a bit mangled as well.

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

Do not be discouraged by these little mishaps!!! None of those glowing and gorgeous pins on Pinterest got there the first try, and I bet half of them are NOT as originally intended!

KEEP CALM AND CRAFT ON.

I used a paintbrush to dab in the blue for the word snow, and a green fine point marker to clean up my tree. Whew, crisis averted!

My snowflake was a little messier to clean up, which is when I got my idea to COVER UP.  (Rub some dirt on it, crafty style.)

A few $1 decorations and a dash of hot glue, and VOILA!!

DIY WINTER WOOD SIGN

I love the cool palette of the sign combined with the bright red accents.

Now go get your craft on! :)

Have you seen a sign on Pinterest you wanted to make?

 

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Comments

  1. Love the Let It Snow sign. Thanks for the tuditorial, I always wondered how people made their letters so nice.

  2. This is such a beautiful sign. You are so talented and have such a creative mind.

  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve been wanting to try this! You were featured this week at the Create Link Inspire party! Thanks for sharing your project and come link up with us again next week! http://www.marvelousmommy.com/2013/12/8-awesome-diy-christmas-project-ideas-features/

  4. So lovely!! Great job creating this sign. Thanks for linking up for Take it on Tuesday!!

  5. Love the sign.. Thanks for linking up! :)

  6. Featuring YOU today over on my blog. Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday. :)

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

  7. Super cute! But, I’m done with snow, so you can take the sign down now :)

  8. Let it snow! I just moved to Florida and will certainly miss the snow – at least for a little bit. Cute craft idea.

  9. I LOVE the sign! Great tutorial!

  10. Great job, I love how great it came out even after the paint was peeled up. This is a nice cheap idea that is welcoming to others. Thank you for sharing!
    Sincerely,
    Lauren
    socialworkmom.com

  11. I love this idea!! It would be a great substitute for a wreath. :) thanks for the inspiration! <3

  12. Very cute ideas here! It’s almost the season!

  13. As always, your DIY are adorable !

  14. Can’t believe it’s almost this time of year. Will get threw Halloween before I start thinking about Christmas! This is a really nice sign, love it!

  15. I wouldn’t have ever thought of this, great job! Thanks for being real and showing the mishaps!

  16. I love that you showed your mishaps and what you did to clean it up. The sign looks great!

  17. I love this sign! And I LOVE that you displayed the “mess ups”, not just the amazing final product! Have of the project is the journey to making it gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)
    Lindi @ http://www.lovecreatecelebrate.com

  18. Hi Megan, Stopping by from Merry Monday Linky party to shout out your cute craft, I love how it turned out!!! Now I have an invitation for you to stop by and link to yet another Party. Hope to see you soon, Keep sharing your cute homemade crafts!!!
    Karren@ Oh My Heartsie Girl

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