The 4th of July is coming up and I’m having fun putting together my patriotic mantel for this year! I’m still in the gathering and creating phase of said mantel but am hoping to get it done and share it with you later this week. Today I wanted to share a sign I created for my 4th of July mantel this year and a quick tutorial on how I made it. Everyone knows that hand painted signs are all the rage right now and it is amazing how much you’ll have to pay if you want to buy it from somewhere! Crazy! The hand painted sign I made for my mantel was practically free! I took a piece of scrap wood from my basement (we are having it finished right now and there are small pieces of wood everywhere left over from the framing… at least I hope it was scrap wood!) and cut a vinyl stencil with my cutter and then I was off and running.
So, first of all, you need a piece of wood. This was a 12.5″ piece of 2×6. I then created my design with my vinyl cutter program and cut it out. I used the fonts Aleka, American Purpose and StateFace. Remove all of the lettering from the vinyl to create your stencil and apply transfer tape over the top. Paint your wood (I painted mine white) and allow to dry. Then remove the backing from your vinyl, apply the vinyl/transfer tape down on top of the wood, burnish it down (using a credit card or something similar), and carefully remove transfer tape making sure all of the vinyl remains adhered to the wood.
Now it’s time to paint! Using a very small amount of paint (a practically dry sponge brush), start painting in your lettering. You want to apply your paint in very thin layers to avoid bleeding under the stencil. I also wanted a pretty weather worn look so I applied my paint lightly.
Then I needed to create my American flag look on my America shape. Using a ruler I laid out the design (not trying to be too exact) and then painted on the stripes, etc. using a small paint brush. I was not going for perfection here! That made it such an enjoyable process! It was so fun to free hand paint a little (using my pencil marks as a general guide) with in the stencil itself. After allowing my paint to dry I removed the stencil and added small white dots of paint for the stars on the “flag.” I then sanded the edges of my board and was done!
If you want to have your sign outside I would suggest sealing it with a layer of modpodge, varnish or a spray sealant of some kind.
If you have a vinyl cutter, vinyl and transfer tape already then this is a super easy project that anyone can do! Put those vinyl cutting craft machines to good use and make yourself a hand painted sign! Get creative and make the perfect design for your home!
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