Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Simple Hand Painted Sign Tutorial

Simple Hand Painted Sign, Rustic sign, DIY rustic sign, Bon Appetit

Once in a while, I get the urge to make a sign, but I don't have a Silhouette Machine. Sometimes I sulk about that. Sometimes I put on my big girl pants and just deal. Life is full of disappointments, right?

So, if you're poor like me, but still want to make a cute sign, all it takes a little more time...and a little more patience. 

(Perhaps a glass of wine cup of coffee or two.)

The idea is simple. If you can cut, trace, and color between the lines, 
you're all set!

1. I found a piece of board, and gave it a coat of black paint. I used MinWax PolyShades in Black Gloss, but you could use stain, craft paint, whatever is on hand. 

2. I chose a free font that I liked, and downloaded it to Microsoft word. 

3. I enlarged the font to around 200, and printed out the phrase I wanted to use. Depending on the height of your board, you will need to adjust the font size accordingly. 

4. Next, I cut the letters out and taped them to my board. (Tricky, eh?)

Simple Hand Painted Sign, Rustic sign, DIY rustic sign, Bon Appetit

5. Using a ball point pen to trace around each letter, I pressed firmly, so that it would indent the wood, to help me paint between the lines!

Simple Hand Painted Sign, Rustic sign, DIY rustic sign, Bon Appetit

6. Once my phrase, Bon Appetit, was pressed into the board, I filled the letters in with white craft paint. 

7. Let the paint dry for several hours. (Insert coffee, or whatever you're drinking, here.)

8. Once the paint was good and dry, I used sand paper to "age" the sign. 

9. I wrapped each end in jute rope and secured it with hot glue, just for kicks and giggles. 

Simple Hand Painted Sign, Rustic sign, DIY rustic sign, Bon Appetit

10. Voila! A rustic sign ~ made without needing a Silhouette machine.

Simple Hand Painted Sign, Rustic sign, DIY rustic sign, Bon Appetit

How about you? Do you have a Silhouette? 
Or do you plod through life without one? 
Most importantly, do you think Big A should get me one? 
(Please leave HIM a comment!) 

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Rachel Kathy G @ onlinesisterhood said...

I think this is super cute! And no, I don't have a Silhouette either (but when we come back to the U.S. I think I am gonna need one:) For sure you need one---that's my message to your hubby (how can you blog without it, right?:) Have a great week...

Julia Klimek said...

Thank you so much on line sisters! I think we all need one. Every one of us! x Julia

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Cute and easy! My daughter looks to say GOOD I think I will try this with that phrase! Thanks for sharing it on the Thursday Blog Hop!

Julia Klimek said...

Aww Pam, that's cute! When my kids were little they used to say "bon appetit, you may eat". LOL!


Antionette Blake said...

This is a great DIY craft. Thanks for sharing again with us at the #WWDParty - have a wonderful weekend.

Bobbie Jones said...

You need a silhouette...just think of the time it would save you. More time with the hubby, right? ;)

Love the sign even more that you had to work harder for it.

Thanks for sharing!

Pinning it!

Dee M said...

I love everything about your sign and your post, Julia! I just finished a sign today (haven't posted yet)that would have been so much easier with a Silhouette, and I let my husband know this, so yeah, I get it! :)

Julia Klimek said...

Antoinette, thanks for popping by!

Bobbie, yes! Thank you for your support! :) Although maybe more time with me yammering at him might put him off the idea... LOL!

Dee, yup, we definitely need one! I can't wait to see what you made!


Elizabeth Lund said...

So great! Thanks for posting. This is much easier than I thought it would be. Have a great day!

Maureen said...

No Silhouette for me either :( I have never attempted a sign myself, but I just might give it a try now!

Chic California said...

Super cute! Thanks for linking up to the Be. YOU. tiful link party. Pinning!

Julia Klimek said...

Thank you Elizabeth! I'm so glad you stopped by!

Maureen ~ I think you should make one :) even if you are silhouette-less! LOL

Chic Cali ~ thank you for your party!


Heather SettingforFour said...

Pinned and tweeted! I love this sign - so adorbs! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday Link Party! ~ Heather

Julia Klimek said...

Thanks for the tweet and pin Heather! hugs, Julia

bj said...

This is an adorable sign...
and, no, I don't have one either...bwaaaaaa.....
here from Willow

Lila M said...

So cute! And no, I don't have a Silhouette machine either. I actually just bought a used sewing machine at a garage sale for $17, so I'm pretty pumped about that! A Silhouetted will be a long way off. I hope you get yours soon!

Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods said...

I love that you made this without a machine! Great job! Pinning and hopefully making soon!

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Join us again this Saturday morning!
~ Ashley

Natasha In Oz said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I don't have one of those silhouettes so don't really know much about them but there are so many bloggers who LOVE them!

Thanks for sharing at the Say G'Day Saturday linky Party. I've pinned your post.

Best wishes and hope to see you again for this weekend's link up.
Natasha in Oz

Julia Klimek said...

BJ - thank you for stopping by! We all need to start winning some silhouette giveaways!

Lila, a sewing machine is fun! I don't have one of those either! I use a lot of hot glue and stitch-witchery! :)

Ashley, thanks for your party! Love it!

Natasha - glad you stopped by and thanks for your party! x


Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

The sign turned out great Silhouette or not! Having said that, I did get a Silhouette for Christmas a couple years ago. It was more than we usually spend on each other so I paid for part of it ;) I do love it! You need to add up the tools your husband has and what they cost and how much time they save him and present that to him. Sometimes when men see "tools" they get on board! Thank you for sharing it and your shrimp recipe and frozen shoes (lol!)at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
Blessings, Deborah

Julia Klimek said...

Deborah - If I added up my husbands tools and toys, he would owe me a LOT more than a silhouette! LOL! Tahnks for that tip - I'll start making a list, Julia :)