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Summer means a few things around here. It means that I get to hang out with Connor every day. It means that we get to hang at the beach and pool whenever we want. It means not having to set my alarm clock and it means that I get to work on craft projects I’ve had on my to-do list for months.
So this past weekend I finally took the time to finish a project that I started in December. I redid Connor’s bathroom during my winter break and wanted to create a piece of art for the wall. I wanted something bright and cheery so this is what I came up:
DIY It’s Going to be a Bright Bright Sunshiny Day Distressed Sign
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have any fancy machines that cut vinyl or make stencils so this was all painted by hand but it’s much easier than you think. Remember, if I can do it – you can do it! Just put on a good movie and start painting.
- Piece of wood
- paint for background color
- Sharpie Paint Markers – medium tip and fine tip (found at Michael’s)
- sand paper
- graphite paper
- words printed out on paper
- painters tape
Forget the paint and paint brush! The best part of this project was using the Sharpie Paint Pens I found at Michael’s.
Step 1: Start by getting your board ready. I purchased my wood at Home Depot and had them cut it for me. Then paint it the color you want. As you can see, I chose to paint my sign yellow. And this is how it sat in my craft closet for the past 6 months.
Step 2: Create your words and print them out. I created the words and phrases using Microsoft PowerPoint. Then cut them into strips and adhere them to the board using painters tape. I also taped around the edges of the entire board so that I could space my words and phrases out evenly.
Step 3: Slide the graphite paper underneath the strips of paper and trace each letter so that it transfers onto the board.
Step 4: Remove the paper and graphite paper and start painting each letter. The Sharpie Paint Marker made this step so much easier and faster. And don’t worry about the graphite paper rubbing on the wood outside of the letters. It will easily come off when you wipe the board at the end.
Step 5: Once the paint is dry, lightly sand the edges and over the entire board. This is my favorite step. I love watching the yellow paint come through the white letters.
Step 6: Wipe the board clean with a dry cloth. Then step back and admire your new sign.
So what do you think? Fun and cheery sign, right? I love making distressed wood signs and it’s so worth the hard work!
Forget the paint and paint brush! The best part of this project was using the Sharpie Paint Markers I found at Michael’s. They definitely made this project so much easier. I used the fine point marker to outline each letter and then used the white medium point marker to fill each letter in. Make sure you keep an eye out for great deals on these Sharpie Paint Makers the next time your shopping at Michael’s.
What would you like to create with Sharpie Paint Markers?