Ho, Ho, Ho {thrifty find to holiday decor}

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Remember this Ho, Ho, Ho holiday decor sign from Part 2 of my Holiday Home Tour?

DIY Ho Ho Ho Sign - Holiday Home Tour

Well today I’m going to show you how I made it…..as best as I can.

I was in a hurry to get my home complete for the tour so I didn’t take pictures as well as I should have.

But it’s really easy.

It started like this…..

Ho Ho Ho sign before

An old framed print from the thrift store.

I had originally planned to paint the glass with Chalk Paint but decided to just spray the whole thing. I was in a hurry, remember?

I used Valspar White Satin Spray Paint and did several light coats over the entire thing. It worked out pretty well.
Great (and super simple) if you are looking to paint the frame and inside the same color anyway. (or you could tape and spray, if not)

Valspar White Spray Paint

I don’t have a photo of it painted just white…..sorry. It looked just like the photo below but without the blue around the frame. ;)

After the paint was fully dry I used a dry paint brush and Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint to dry brush over the details on the frame.

Below is a shot after the dry brushing and before the graphics transfer.

Old Thrift Store Print Painted and Ready For Holiday Graphics

I created the Ho, Ho, Ho graphic below for this project…..

Ho Ho Ho Printable

Downloadable  Printable – (This printable can be downloaded for free. Personal use only please)

 

I printed it out, cut them apart and rubbed pencil over the backside of the lettering to transfer.
I laid them out onto the center where I wanted them to go.

Transfer Graphics Method

Then I used the ball point pen to trace around the lettering to transfer the pencil lead to the painted glass.

All transferred (hard to see well in the photo below but it is there)….now time to paint it in with the Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint.
You could use any color …..red would have been great too but I wanted to use the color that I have in this room.

Transferring the Graphics

 I finished it with a spray of Minwax Polycrylic to seal it.

Minwax Polycrylic for Lantern

And finished…..

Ho Ho Ho DIY Sign

Before and After —-> thrifty find….to holiday decor! Easy and inexpensive.

Ho Ho Ho Before After

Ho, Ho, Ho and Happy Holidays to you! ;)

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Hi, your Ho Ho Ho is really cute. I have a question for you if you don’t mind. I have tried using the spray poly and it just never looks good after. Is there something I need to do to get a nice smooth finish? I never get it right.
    Thank you
    Debbie

    • Hi Debra,
      Thanks!
      The only thing I can think of with the spray poly is to be sure you are doing it far enough away from the project and do several light, even sprays. (instead of one heavy one) That seems to work for me! :)
      Nancy

  2. That is so cute! I would never have thought to just make an easy sign with all my thrift store frames! Have a wonderful Holiday Nancy!
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  3. Marlia Worsfold says:

    Merry Christmas Nancy, love your ideas..looking forward to seeing new ideas in 2014.
    Take care,
    Marlia

  4. I liked it better before. NOT! ;)

    -andi
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  5. chris aka monkey says:

    i love it..merry Christmas to you xx

  6. I just love what you can do with old ugly things, amazing Nancy!
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  7. This, like everything else you create, is adorable! I just might be able to do this. Thank you so much for the printable, too! I love getting tutorials for great signs that are not made using a Silhouette… being as I don’t own one!

    Merry Christmas, Nancy! xo

    • Awww thanks Karen! :) You can so do this, promise! Really, couldn’t get any easier, (well the Silouette WOULD make it easier! lol) I need one of those too!! ;)
      Merry Christmas friend!
      xoxo
      Nancy

  8. I’m a little late to this post; but just wanted you to know I love it. Great ideas!
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