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DIY Wooden Sign

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Some projects just seem more meaningful than others…and that was the case with this DIY Wooden Sign celebrating adoption.  It was needed for a planned photo shoot.  And, I must say, when I saw the pictures, my heart positively melted.  Of course, you can make this sign say whatever you want, in the color of your choice.  This tutorial merely shows you what I used to achieve this sort of distressed, rustic look.  IMG_4483

I started with tongue-in-groove wood flooring which you can buy at the hardware store. (I got a packet of 10 for about $12.)  Decide which direction you want the wooden slats to go, and how big you want your sign, and cut the wood accordingly.

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Once the pieces were all cut, I painted the wood in two differing shades of beige.  I figured this would help give it even more of an aged look.  But, of course, it’s not necessary.  Any color will do.

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Once the paint dried, I took a medium grit sandpaper and sanded all the slats, particularly around the sides.  This helped remove the paint along the edges, giving it that weathered look.

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Using the tongues and grooves of the wooden pieces, I then put my sign together. At this point, I didn’t secure them permanently because I knew I might need to take them apart to get my paint brush into some of the grooves.  So, I ended up putting tape across the back to hold it in place temporarily.

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Before penciling in my lettering, I played around with how I wanted it to look on my laptop, experimenting with different fonts.  This is the picture that was given to me, when I was first asked to make this DIY Wooden Sign. You can see there wasn’t much to it, but what it said was beautiful.

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Once I knew how I wanted it to look, I penciled everything in and started painting.  (Another option for this project is vinyl.  Unfortunately, I don’t own a Cricut, so I went old school.)  I have a fine-tip paint brush that I use for many of my projects, but this time I decided to try some fine-tipped paint pens that I found at Michael’s.  Just so you know, even though it says “fine-tip,” it’s not as fine as you might think.  I ended up using a combination of paint pen and paint brush.  And, as suspected, more than a few times, I had to take apart the wooden slats to get my brush into the grooves.

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With my sign all painted, it was time to put it together permanently.  I put wood glue inside each one of grooves, then attached it to the corresponding tongue.  I then used some scrap wood and cut two strips that I glued across the back to further secure the whole thing.

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I nailed the two strips from the front of the sign, so the nail heads would show.  This added to the look.

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For an even more personal touch, I put the child’s name, and date of adoption on a separate slat that is easily hung on to the bottom of the sign.  (For good measure, I painted an extra slat for a future brother or sister.)

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I love the way this DIY Wooden Sign turned out.  But the real payoff came a couple of days later.  That’s when I received this picture from the photo shoot.  There simply are no words describe this precious family.

Courtesy:  Lizzie Bee Photography

Courtesy: Lizzie Bee Photography

 

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6 Responses to DIY Wooden Sign

  1. Sylvia Sotelo October 30, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    That turned out so great, and those words truly are special! Another great project Marcy

    • Marcy October 31, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      Thanks, Sylvia. What’s so touching is how they needed this little boy, as much as this little boy needed them. Their prayers were answered, and now, their family is complete.

  2. Sally V Quevedo October 30, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    So touching and perfect! What a keepsake!

    • Marcy October 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

      Sally, you’re as sentimental as I am. I can’t get over how touching it is either. It brought tears to my eyes! I told the mom this world would be a better place if every child was so wanted and loved.

  3. Jessica Brooks November 6, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    MARCY!!! You know how I feel about this sign….Raiden still just sits and looks at it…”I grew in your heart?” “You did buddy, since you grew in your other mama’s tummy until I could have you.” He cries every time 🙂 He’s SO proud of these pictures and this sign (He’s mad he can’t have it in his room LOL). I love you for a LOT of reasons, but for blessing us w/ this beautiful piece we can forever cherish, I love you even more 🙂 So blessed by you!!

  4. Dinah Bear July 13, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    Hello , I am wondering if you take commissions on these? We are looking for something pretty much just like this for our adopted daughter as an adoption anniversary gift!
    Dinah

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