Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Garden Gate Sign Tutorial


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!

20 comments:

  1. I'm IN LOVE with this. So perfect. And so intimidating to me! lol :)

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  2. Thanks, Joni! If the girls and I can do it, so can you!

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  3. Beautiful!! I love the colors...so bright, fresh, and Springy. You did a great job. :) Visiting From Centsational Girl's Spring Party. I hope you'll stop by my blog to see my craft too. :)

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  4. That looks adorable! What a great idea (kid friendly too!) -
    Would love if you came by to link it up to my party happening now! I would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  5. I LOVED this yesterday, and even more today! Thanks for sharing how you made it!!

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  6. This is just gorgeous!! I think the way you did the lettering looks wonderful. Found you at Beth's. ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty, apopofpretty.com

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  7. Wow! This is amazing! Thank you for sharing this great idea :) Stopping by from http://CrafterMeetsCraftsman.blogspot.com

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  8. So cute and very special with all your cute help! Following you from Kate's party-stop on by for a visit!

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  9. This is beautiful! Great job girls!

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  10. This is SOOOO pretty! I LOVE the fencepost and the quote - it's all just perfect! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  11. Oh no, may have to copy! I have a ton of picket fence outside to reuse.

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  12. Beautiful! I love the fonts you used--such a retro feel. Definitely pinning this!

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  13. how do you get the font so large?

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    1. I just played with it in Microsoft Word until the words were big enough for me. I ended up printing one word per page and then cutting them out and laying them on the boards until I liked them.

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  14. Hi, I just discovered your blog and love it! would really like to following you. By any chance do you have a way to follow via email? I do not use google reader or blogger. Thanks!

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    1. I just added that feature on the sidebar! Thanks for your interest!

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  15. This is GORGEOUS!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/03/its-that-time-again-time-to-share-our.html

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  16. Loving this! Thanks for sharing!! I linked this on my blog. You can check it out here: http://itisablessedlife.blogspot.com/2012/04/spring-inspiration.html

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