This DIY coordinates sign is perfect as a gift or even for your own home!
Hello sweet Friends!! :)
Today I thought I’d share a brand new sign with you. Yes, I know, I must really love signs!
And if you’ve been around any length of time, you know the answer to that! ;)
Today’s sign is kind of fun and was inspired by one I saw in Charleston, SC a few years ago.
I’ve wanted to make one ever since….a DIY Coordinates Sign.
I also have an announcement.
I’m joining up with some other very lovely ladies to bring you a themed project each month!
I’ll be sharing my own themed project along with them AND sharing a link party so you guys can join in too.
OR if you are a reader, you can visit the party and see fun new projects gathered for you all in one place.
How great is that???
The party is called “Get Your DIY On“.
You may already be familiar with it.
Anyway, I’m pretty excited about it. :)
DIY Coordinates Sign
So here is my new sign…… (theme is “lettered/numbered” projects)
This was such a simple project, y’all.
Not even kidding.
I did it using my Silhouette Cameo. I haven’t really used it often but I think that has all changed now!
Ever since I realized I can move my own creations over into the program…well, it’s a game-changer.
I found this old board in the garage that would be perfect for the sign.
As you can see, I’ve already cut out my graphic.
I created it on my computer and transferred it over to my Silhouette to cut.
Want to see how easy it is to use your own designs inside of Silhouette? Click here >>> How To Import Your Own Designs Into Silhouette Cameo.
Or you can also use any of these transfer methods to do it if you don’t have a Silhouette machine.
M A T E R I A L S L I S T:
Black Paint (any kind will do)
White Paint (any kind will do)
Small Paint Brush (these little brushes are awesome…and comfy in the hand)
Silhouette Cameo (nice bundle)
Vinyl for lettering
General Finishes’ High Performance Top Coat (Love this stuff! I use it for furniture and everything in between)
Sandpaper to distress
First, start by painting the board black. You can even use spray paint for this step.
I used General Finishes Lamp Black.
Next attach the vinyl lettering after you’ve cut it out and applied the transfer paper.
Be sure to align it correctly.
I always measure top and bottom of each side … plus side to side.
Rub it well to adhere the letters to the board and remove the transfer paper.
This is what you are left with.
Not bad and you could stop there.
OR you could paint the board white and do the lettering in black vinyl and be done.
BUT I wanted it painted with a worn look.
Next, apply white paint right over top of the vinyl lettering.
I used Chalk Paint in Pure White. Any paint will do.
Then before the paint fully dries, carefully remove the vinyl letters.
Silhouette has this nifty little tool for this.
I do believe it’s included in the bundle I linked above.
By the way, I only used one coat of white because I wanted the black to show through a bit.
Above photo is before I sanded and distressed.
I used a fine grit sandpaper and went over the entire thing.
Basically the idea is to soften the edges of the lettering and bring some of the black through for a worn, aged look.
Want even more ways to transfer?? Check out my “How To Transfer Graphics” post! (sharing all the techniques I use)
After sanding, I applied the High Performance top coat I linked above.
Be sure to wipe away all of the sanding residue before you apply the finish coat.
Clearly I love and use those baskets! ;)
This was a really simple sign.
Perfect to make for a unique gift for someone, maybe housewarming, new to the area, etc?
Or even for your own home!
PIN to save this for later! :)
Now it’s time to see what my Get Your DIY On co-hosts came up with for this “lettered/numbered” theme:
Artsy Chicks Rule – “DIY Coordinate Sign” (my project)
Confessions of a Serial DIYer – “DIY Numbered Tray”
The Happy Housie “Home is Wherever I’m With You Free Printable Art”
The Hankful House – “Wood Baseball Sign”
House of Hoff – “How to Make a Rustic Sign”
I’ll be back later on this week sharing what I did with this! (it got a brand new look..and use!)
UPDATE!! See it now, here!