I know we just got through Halloween and we have several weeks before Thanksgiving arrives but today I wanted to share with you an easy DIY Christmas project. Yes, I said it Christmas. I love, love, love Christmas but it is too early even for me to begin decorating.
Now having said that, last year on The Fixer Upper, I saw a Christmas sign that I loved and knew that I wanted one. By the time I saw it though, it was too late to make it and enjoy it over the holiday season. So I wanted to get a jump on it for this year’s Christmas Season, that is why I am sharing my “How to make and Easy DIY Christmas sign” before we have even had a chance to eat the turkey and stuffing!
The first thing I had to do was pick up a piece of plywood at Home Depot. Surprisingly, I did not have any scrap wood around that I could use. Apparently, the garage clean out this summer was a bit too thorough. Anyway, I trimmed the wood down to the size I needed to fit over my cooktop. Then I gave it a quick sanding before giving it two coats of white paint. Any paint on hand will do. I originally wanted to spray it with my chalked paint by rustoleum but it was too windy outside and I was impatient so I used some leftover white paint from a previous project and rolled it on…it took about two minutes. (Which reminds me, I need to share with you in a later post a tip on tacky/sticky paint…remind me if I forget)
While the paint was drying, I used my stencils to create a pattern for the lettering. It was easier for me to trace my stencil letters on computer paper then lay the design out on the wood. It made the placement and spacing of the words easier.
Once I decided on the layout, I placed carbon paper underneath the letters and lightly traced over them. I only wanted to leave a light outline of the letters. I wasn’t sure how well the paint would cover over the carbon imprint.
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When all the lettering was transferred to the wood, it was time to start painting. I knew I would never be able to hand paint each letter neatly and stay within the lines. That’s where the Sharpie Paint Pen comes in…I LOVE these paint pens! I also used them on my DIY driftwood sign that you can see here. It makes painting letters so easy!
I had Gman finish painting for me. It really is simple. It is just like using a regular sharpie. I would never have been able to paint the letters freehand using a paint brush. This was easy and quick.
I am trying to decide if I want to add any trim to the border, paint a trim, or just leave it as is. Once I am really ready to decorate for Christmas, I will had some greenery or something on the vent hood surround to break up all of the white. Until then, I will continue with my Christmas projects!
Until Next Time,