Hello Everyone!! It’s Lindsay from Crafting While Caffeinated here with you again today and I have a little bit of a different project for you! One of my other loves, besides cardmaking and paper crafting is wood crafts. I have made all kinds of signs and home decor items over the years, but lately, I have cut back because signs can take quite a bit of time. Not anymore!! The Crafter’s Workshop just released new 16.5 x 6 stencils that make signs a breeze to throw together! Not only have I been making more and more home decor items with these new stencils, but they make some quick and amazing gifts!! Today, I made a very quick sign with a rainbow accent and you can watch the entire video tutorial below!!
**THE CRAFTER’S WORKSHOP SENT ME SOME OF THE PRODUCTS USED IN THIS TUTORIAL, HOWEVER, ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE SOLELY MY OWN! I ONLY DESIGN FOR COMPANIES I STAND BEHIND 100%!**
When you use these new stencils to make signs it is almost a fail proof process, but here are a few tips and tricks that I used to make my sign. First, you don’t need to buy expensive wood for this. Usually, at most home improvement stores, you can find a “scrap” or “bargain” pile of wood. This isn’t “bad” wood it’s just leftover pieces from cuts they’ve made and it’s roughly $0.25 – $1.00 a piece for larger pieces. The majority of the time you won’t even need to cut these pieces down!
Also, for my sign I used a very small drill bit to make holes in the top two corners so I could thread through a hanging wire. This step can be skipped completely and just have your sign sit on a shelf or you can buy picture hangers and put those on the back.
One last tip is to let everything dry properly before moving onto the next step. If you decide to stain your wood before you apply your acrylic paint you should let it dry at the very least overnight. It can turn your paint a yellowish color if it’s not properly dried. Also, it is a good practice to put a protective coating on your signs so they can stand up to the wear and tear of everyday life. Just be sure to look at the finish you are choosing so you’re not surprised when it dries, and that is a CLEAR finish. Some finishes will again, leave your sign with a yellowish tint and there’s no way to remove it.
I hope you all enjoyed a look at how easy it is to create a sign with the new stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop! If you are interested in the TCW products I used to make this sign, you can find them all linked down below. And be sure to check out the entire line of DIY Sign Stencils. Trust me, you’re going to want them all!! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!