Wednesday, February 26, 2014

DIY Wood Baby Name Sign

My friend just welcomed her third child - her first boy.  She's in for it.  I tried to warn her, but she's used to quiet, calm, doll baby-playing girls.  Life's about to get a whole lot more crazy! I know this from first hand experience...I had the quiet and calm for two years, nine months and one day and now...this is my daily life.

Bless his little heart.  He's undies-on-the-outside-of-his-jammies-wearing superhero one minute and a selfie-taking princess the next.  Sometimes he wears underwear on his head and sometimes not at all. 

Anyway, she has her precious baby boy and I had a wonderful excuse to make a painted wood sign.  I wanted to do something a little different than the chunky wood baby frame I made for another friend, but I still wanted to include all the baby's birth info.

I had this piece of wood in my garage.  It was actually an old fence slate that I cut down to about 13".   There's my helper again...

I sanded the piece down really well before painting it.  I had some white DIY chalk paint left over from another project so I slapped a few coats on.

I created the stencil on my Silhouette and then painted used foam pouncers.  This is a good way to prevent too much bleeding.  As you can see it's not perfect...I still had some bleed through. All those tiny details in the letters are out to get me, I tell you!

After all the paint was dry, I gave it another quick sand just to smooth out any paint bumps and then it was ready to go!

If you don't have a die cut machine like a Silhouette, there are a few other techniques to make a sign like this.   You could use:
Thanks for stopping by 2IY! If you like what you see, we'd love for you to pin it!

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