We moved less than year ago and since we moved to a much smaller house I sold or got rid of about half of our stuff. The one thing I didn’t get rid of was my stash of raw wood. We used to live close to a pallet yard and they would put scraps of wood in a box that you could take, most people used it for firewood but I would take it for projects. I didn’t even have to cut any of the wood I’m using for this slat sign.
Here’s What You Need:
8 wood slats (mine are 3/4″ x 24″)
Paint (I used Apple Barrel Laguna, Americana Snow White, Folk Art Extreme Glitter Hologram)
Wood or Paper Mache Letters
Vinyl or Contact Paper
Use 6 boards for the front and 2 boards in the back to secure them together. Choose your paint color. I wanted my boards to look like a wash or a stain so the paint was diluted with water. Paint to water ratio is 1 paint – 1 1/2 to 2 water. If you mix it in a jar you can just shake to mix. Test the paint on a board till you get the consistency you like. I like mine with a lot of the wood grain showing.
Once the paint is dry it’s time to secure the boards together. Place the boards face down with the back boards vertical to the front then screw each board to the back boards. Make sure the screws will go through both boards, but only halfway through the front board.
Paint the letters using the white and hologram paints. I love the sparkle and shimmer the glitter paint gives but it’s not too much. Doesn’t it look amazing against the painted wood?
Cut the vinyl using a personal cutting machine or by hand and add it to the bottom of the sign. If you have a good hand you can paint it but vinyl was easier for me.
Lastly, secure the letters to the sign using wood glue. It will need to set for a few hours to dry completely.
Since moving I’ve only hung one thing on my bedroom wall. I’m not sure if the sign is staying here or if it will be hung on another wall, but I’m just glad I’m finally getting some things finished for our master bedroom.
This post was originally shared on Today’s Creative Blog.
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