Rustic Christmas Sign

Well, I finished my Christmas decorating last week with this sign and it adds the perfect look to my rustic burlap Christmas decor.

I will preface this by saying that this is not the easiest way to make a “hand-painted” sign but, I learned my lesson and I’ll tell you how I did and how I think you should do it if you decide to make one :).
I started with an old piece of recycled cedar siding.  I dry brushed it white to give it a worn white-washed look.

This is where things got difficult.  I printed out the words on my printer and had all intentions of using a pencil and tracing the letters…hard-like so it would leave marks so I could paint inside the lines.


Well, it didn’t work so I had to use a harder, pokier tool.

That worked, but it was hard on my hands…pushing down so it would leave marks.  When I got that done, instead of painting, I decided to just use permanent markers to “paint the sign”.



It was well worth every hand pain!!  Next time I will get some carbon or transfer paper and use the same method without having to push down so hard!!

 
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Comments

  1. I've never done this, but I think I've heard of printing your words in 'mirror image'..aka backwards, on your printer, then just…uh…what? Pressing the paper to your board and the ink will come off enough for you to see to paint. OK, so that makes no sense. But I'll bet someone out there knows what I'm trying to say. It sounded easy peasy!

    LOVE your board

  2. Oh I love it! Rustic. Worshipful. Seriously this is so simple and cool!  I’d  love to have you link this us to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there. 
    Kathy

  3. Hey Carrie!
    I LOVE your sign and I use carbon paper all the time-your hands will love you for it! I also found that The Elmer’s Paint Pens work awesome for my old wood signs. They are a little pricey, but I really love how easy they are to use and the finish is great. I am featuring you today!!!!
    Kim

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