Christmas,  Crafts

Making a Christmas Sign

Earlier in the year I joked that I was quitting Pinterest. It was a joke people, I didn’t actually follow through with it. And I’m glad I didn’t because then I wouldn’t have made this awesome sign. The one I was eyeing was square with a frame and had been aged and sanded. It was nice but we wanted something a little more unique. Enter Jim. His suggestion was one of the ovals we had cut from hemlock last year. Here is the finished sign, then I will show you how I did it.

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Christmas sign

When Jim first brought the oval wood slice in and held it in place I thought, holy crap that thing is huge!! It measures 38 x 15 inches. Then the idea started to grow on me and we ran with it. The sign is kinda fitting seeing as we live on a piece of land that was once a Christmas tree lot.

First thing I did was painted two coats of white for a background. I didn’t want the edges of the white paint to be crisp so I just dry brushed around the very edge to soften the look. I painted both sides like this because I plan to paint something else on the other side for the other 345 days of the year.

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Hemlock oval slice

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, once I knew the size of the white painted space, Jim began working on the graphics on the computer.

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Graphics for the sign

We printed it out, cut out the shape, and laid it on our wood slice to get things lined up.

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Lining things up

Then placed our tracing paper between the printout and the wood…

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Ready to trace

And drew around all of the lines.

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Ready for paint

The colors I decided on were black, green, brown and light grey. You could very well use red in there too.

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All painted, ready to hang

Here is another picture of it hanging in the entryway.

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Well hello!

Just so you know, I HATE getting my picture taken. Your welcome. Actually I just wanted to show you the scale of this piece.

I mentioned earlier that I painted the other side with white as well. While I had the paint out and was in the mood to paint I added a few chickadees and branches to the other side. After Christmas we will simply remove the hanger and put it on the other side for hanging.

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For the rest of the year

Jim had posted a picture of the Christmas sign once it was finished and hanging and we got a request from a Christmas tree seller who wanted his business name on a similar sign. For this one we added four coats of spray Varathane since it will be hanging outdoors.

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Custom order

I can just picture our new Christmas sign hanging with the Christmas stockings

Later

 

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