A Burlap Sign (showing how to make your own stencil)

29 Jun

Hello!!  I almost forgot today was my project spotlight day!!  Opps!!  It would have been bad to lapse only on week two! :)  Luckily, I had already edited my pictures and today is not over!

We celebrated Father’s Day a little late because Matt was out-of-town, so today’s post is based on a sign I made him last week for one of his presents.

Does it look familiar to any of you???  It was based on this sign from Target…

I saw this sign and I loved it!!  It’s such a simple phrase, but it gives such an incredibly powerful message.  When we do what we love and use the gifts/abilities God created us with…aren’t we happier?  I feel like not only am I  happier but I also do my best work when it is doing something I love.  I know I can create a sign a LOT better than I can make dinner.  I’m just saying :)  I love to craft.  I do not love to cook, and it shows in my results!

I fell in love with this sign right away but couldn’t bring myself to buy it.  It was $20 regularly priced, and it was on clearance for $15.00.  I have a hard time buying anything, if I know I can make it cheaper.  My sign cost me $2.00.  Here is how I did it…

First, I printed off my computer my “stencil”.  I have found that even though this step is extra work-it is so worth it!  When you print your “stencil” off, you can use any type font and make it the perfect size without spending a ton of money to have a box full of store-bought stencils.  So, I printed my font off and then I used tiny scissors to cut each letter out.  Don’t worry this tedious step did not feel so bad, since I did it while watching the bachelorette.  (Sorry this pic was taken after being used!)

I used some burlap I already had.  You don’t need much!!  I used the cardboard piece from the frame to glue my burlap to it.  That way the background color (that you see through the burlap) is similar color scheme.  I laid my stencil down where I wanted it on the burlap and simply used a paint brush to dab (sponge-like) the paint into the stencil slots.

It was so simple!  It looked so good like this, I couldn’t bring myself to try to do the red border.  I might go back and do that step though.  I liked it enough for now, so I simply added it to my $2.00 frame I had bought at a thrift store. (Sorry!  I spray painted and sanded my frame before taking these pictures).  Since I had all my supplies but the frame, I was able to make this sweet sign for $2.00.  You could make it too!

I made my sign a little bigger than the sign at Target, and in the process also made it more horizontal.  The possibilities for your sign or how to use these steps in making a unique sign of your own are endless!  I’d love to see some pictures if you try this!

I hope you all had a good week and happy weekend!!!  Thanks for checking out my Friday project spotlighted craft!

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3 Responses to “A Burlap Sign (showing how to make your own stencil)”

  1. Erin @ DIY On the Cheap June 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    So cute, Erica! Love this!

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