I love to make my own vintage signs! I have never sold them, I just give them as gifts or make them for my own home!
So many people ask me how I do it, so I finally got around to posting a tutorial!
The first step is to find a font that you like. I just found one in my Word program on my Mac. You then need to figure out what size font you need for the size of wood you have chosen. There really is not a science to this it is just trial and error! The font I used for this sign is called “Mf Young & Beautiful and the size is 275.
This is a piece of salvaged wood from our 1895 barn! I sanded it lightly with 80 grit sand paper
supplies needed for this project:
- *a piece of wood
- *Acrylic craft paint ( at least 3 colors)
- * “>1″ artist brush, a liner brush, 1/2” or smaller angles shader
- *Computer, printer & printer paper
- * “>Graphite transfer paper (optional, this is expensive so I only use it when the font I choose may be hard to trace)
- *Ballpoint pen
- * “>sand paper block
- *clean cotton cloth
- * “>Drill
- *tape measure or ruler
- * “>2 D-ring hangers
- *Hammer & nails
Next, I did use graphite transfer paper for this because my font did not have easy lines to trace. I taped it in place, then with my ballpoint pen I traced it.
The graphite paper really made it easy to transfer!
I then just painted in the lines! You need a steady hand, but it is easy, just time consuming.
I painted it black first and then white. I waited a few hours and then sanded it. I didn’t like the bright white so I painted it again a creamy white. This looked much more vintage.
Lastly, my husband screwed in the D-rings. He used a drill after positioning it in place. Then I wiped down the sign with my cotton cloth and water. I let that dry then painted it over with a light shellac.
The letters were sanded again so that the black kind of showed through. I adore this quote and thought it would be perfect of my cousins wedding gift! I hope she likes it!