I was going through my Pinterest boards and found this pin from quite a while ago. I really liked the quote and wanted to use it on my own sign. I'm not sure of the original source of the quote. Anyone happen to know?
I started with seven rough wood fence pickets from Home Depot. They were a little over $1 each. I gave them a rough sanding and enlisted my three favorite helpers to paint. I turned them loose with the acrylic craft paint and told them to paint each one a Spring-y color.
Keep in mind that these have a very rough paint job. I left them exactly the way and four year olds and two year old did it.
Once they were dry, we gave them a coat of antique white.
Then my helpers happily distressed them with hammers and screwdrivers. I also sanded the super rough spots and the edges at this point so that some of the color would peek through.
I didn't take a picture, but I also cut two strips of scrap wood and nailed them across the front to hold everything together.
I played with the quote in some different fonts and printed it out big once I found what I wanted. I laid it all out on the table to get my spacing right.
I used the old fashioned carbon paper substitute of scribbling on the back of the paper with pencil and then tracing on the front with a pen.
It gave me enough of a line to get an idea of where my letters should be placed.
I used acrylic craft paint that was very watered down and just filled in my letters. Once it dried a bit, I went back and added some more color here and there until I liked it. I had some trouble getting the yellow letters to show up once it was up on the mantel, so I ended up outlining the yellow letters with a yellowish orange Sharpie. You don't really notice the outline, but it made a big difference on being able to read the words.
It's now the centerpiece of my Spring mantel. It helped to lighten up the space and I love that my girls were able to help with the project!