Today, I've got a super simple DIY for you! If you saw our apartment Christmas tour (check it out here) than you saw this sign I created for our entry.
I created it using mostly stuff we had on hand. We had the plywood leftover from some we'd purchased to add some extra support to a sinking couch cushion, and the stain we had leftover from some Kendall's dad had given us to stain the arm rests/slash cup holders on our couch. To get this look here's what you'll need:
- piece of ply wood
- sponge brush ( there's a bristle brush in the picture, but I didn't end up using it)
- wood stain (or paint if you prefer or if that's what you have on hand)
- paper towels
- letter stencils
I ended up combining two different stains we had to make sure we had enough and to lighten the darker one. I wanted a darker stain for this project but not so dark the grain disappeared underneath.
I arranged the number of stencils I needed for the Christmas carol I wanted to use, which in this case was "O come, let us adore Him!" At this point, I didn't worry about what letters I had where. I just wanted to see how to best fit the words on the board I had and how to space them.
Once I had the arrangement like I liked it, I punched out the inside of the stencil and taped down the first line "O come." I shook the stain to mix it, with the lid on, of course. ;) I made sure to press most of the excess stain out of the foam brush by just pressing it against the ledge of the can and than wiped it across the stencil following the grain of the wood. I wiped the excess stain off of each letter with the paper towels before moving onto the next letter because I didn't want the stain to seep in and be too dark. It's a messy job, so be sure you have somewhere to throw the paper towels besides your table which you didn't bother to put a cover on. I would let the stencils sit until I needed them for another word and than I would just pull them up and tape them down in their new spot.
If you use a wood stain like I did, just know the edges of your letters will not be crisp and smooth as the stain will seep out into the wood around the letters. At first I didn't like it, but decided to call it rustic and just went with it. Over all I was pleased with how it came out for such a quick and last minute project. Here it is in all of it's glory in our entry. I decided not to use the snowflake stencils. I kind of got them as a filler in case my letters were too small and after seeing how the stain spread, didn't think they would work so great. I'd love to hear what Christmas carol you'd choose for your diy sign! You can leave it in the comments below!
I'm joining the Pretty Preppy Link Up Party over at 11 Magnolia Lane if you'd like to join up for the day or see what some other bloggers are up to with their Christmas decor!