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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

diy farmhouse sign {tutorial}

I've really been itching to make a old farmhouse sign for awhile now. 
(perhaps one too many episodes of Fixer Upper!)

So when we were all cooped up inside for the great blizzard of 2016 (in which we got three inches, haha!), I decided why not? And the best part of this project? It cost me exactly $0!

I nabbed a board from the garage that was the exact width and length that I needed. Because hello! Divine intervention. Clearly this farmhouse sign has God's blessing. For the record, I used a 1 by 8 that's about 40 inches long.

Since it was a newer board, I knew I'd need it a bit more banged up. So I told J.B. to have at it. I'm pretty sure he just took a bunch of tools and beat the crap out of it. Whatever works, man.
So therapeutic, this project!

Next up, I gave my board a layer or two of paint. Super light. 
I used white spray paint because I'm lazy and impatient and its what I had on hand. 
Just keeping it real... 
But I really like how it went onto the badly beaten distressed wood!

And last is the magic of the lettering. I used freezer paper impressions! 
Here is a quick play by play:

1. Create your freezer paper pages. So you need your freezer paper to go through the printer. Trouble is, by itself freezer paper is too flimsy. Simple fix? Grab some sheets of card stock and lightly glue them to freezer paper. You want your waxy side exposed.  And make sure you trim right down to the 8.5 x 11 sheet. 

2. Print your images onto the waxy side in transverse! The waxy side is what holds the ink. And it needs to be transverse because we're turning imprinting it face down.

3. Press the image down onto the surface. I like to go over it with a credit card or something similar to make sure I can imprint as much of the ink as possible.

If you need more help with steps 1-3, check out this great tutorial.

4. Lastly, smooth the area out with a q-tip. This is my own special trick. It allows the ink to spread and darken.

Once you have all your letters on it, feel free to seal the board with a wax paste or a clear spray.

Or be lazy like me and just hang it right up!

A $0 project that satisfies my farm house twinge for the moment!

1 comment:

  1. Hi! You don't know me but I've followed your blog for some time now and I absolutely love reading your posts! I can't wait to try this project! Thanks for the idea. I too ❤️ Fixer Upper! Blessings! Beth from TX