I don’t know about you, but I’m all about home made gifts. I rarely visit a wedding registry or Amazon wishlist, instead opting for something special for the intended. I’m sure by now it is no surprise to my family when I show up to a wedding with a strange shaped object and a bow. So, when I was invited to the wedding of my outdoorsman uncle this February, I knew exactly what I was going to create for the happy couple.
How sweet is this adorable rustic home decor sign? It has the bride and groom’s names and wedding date so that they can have a beautiful reminder of their special day to hang in their home. And believe me, it was really easy. I actually ended up giving money too because I felt guilty over how easy this gift turned out to be. =D
What You Need:
- Weathered or old board a few feet long (Or you can weather some new wood using this Almost Instead Weathered Wood Stain).This one was in our garage when we moved into our new house. Hubby thinks that it is cedar.
- A drill bit and a dowel in the same size.
- Wood glue.
- Paint and stencils.
How To Make It:
- First step is to cut your board into two pieces of equal length. These will end up stacked on top of each other to make your sign base.
- Then, lay your boards how you want them to end up stacked. Mark a line across the gap where they join. This will be the guide for your dowel holes.
- Following your lines, drill a 1/2 inch hole in each board along each mark. You can see it better in the picture.
- Cut your dowel to 3/4 inch pieces. Use a little wood glue in your holes and then put the dowel pieces in. This will hold your sign together with no outward markings! (It took me a couple of tries before I got it right…)
- Now for the design. I used my silhouette cameo to cut vinyl to use as a stencil, but this could really be done with any craft stencil. Plan out your design and mark lightly with a pencil to make guides for yourself. (Since this project is rustic wood, you could also use fine pushpins as guides that can be removed later.)
- One sweet touch that is really easy is to layer some elements with a “shadow”. I just painted this ampersand white, waited until dry, offset the stencil and painted it again red!
- Once you’ve got your design painted, attache a picture hanging clip to the back. All done!