December 4, 2013

Painted Sign Tutorial

Yesterday, I shared some pictures of our Christmas Tree Lot Entryway and today I am going to share a bit more about how I made the sign.  I think signs like these appear much more difficult to make than they are.  At least they did to me!...

I created the graphic on PrintShop by using a truck graphic and some letters for personalization.  PrintShop is the very first graphic programs I ever used many years ago, and I still use it on occasion.      I then enlarged it using

We didn't use pallet wood for this sign.  We used 1x3 pine boards.  First, we (meaning Billy) screwed them together, creating a rectangle.

Next, since I wanted the sign to have an oval shape, I traced the oval that I had printed out and Billy cut it out using a jigsaw.

I then painted the signs white and used the chalk trace method (like I did here) to transfer the image to the oval.  I then went over and filled in with red, green, silver and black Sharpie oil based paint pens.

It certainly isn't perfect, but I kind of like that about it.

Here it is in our Entrway...along with the other small signs I painted.

Click here to see more pictures of our Christmas Tree Lot Entryway.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  1. I love it Courtney! It's a true original and looks great in your holiday house! I love your detailed how-to~ pinning! Thanks for sharing at our holiday link party! :) Kim @ Exquisitely Unremarkable

  2. I love this Courtney- it turned out so well. Adds so much character to your entry - great job!!

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