Decorating for Christmas is a big deal around here. I love it! Maybe love isn’t the right word. Obsessed covers it better. I start thinking about Christmas decorating weeks before I actually do it. I like to change our theme every year. Yes, I actually have themes. Typically they’re just color themes like red and gold, green and red, or silver and blue. This year I knew I wanted to do something different, but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted so I stalked Pinterest and Etsy for ideas. I saw some super cute wooden Christmas signs over on Etsy that would look great on our mantle, but the price for them is crazy. So I decided to make my own. I think it turned out really well.
1. I took 2 – 1inx4inx6ft planks of wood. Matt cut them into thirds so I had 6 pieces of wood. I screwed another board across the top and bottom of the boards to secure them. This project is 21inx24in total.
2. I painted it white. Once it was dry I took some sandpaper across it to give it a weathered look.
3. I headed to my computer and used Microsoft Word to print out the letters. If you have a silhouette you can use that, but I don’t have one so I used my computer printer. Sine my words were going to be longer that a piece of paper, I needed to print a few letters out at a time. I underlined each word/letter so that if I needed to piece it together I’d be able to line it up properly.
The fonts I used were Chopin Script and Belle West. If you need to add new fonts to your computer, use this tutorial here.
5. Arrange your words on your board and secure with tape so that they don’t move. Make sure that the letters are up and the chalk side down on the board. Now, trace your lettering. The chalk will transfer leaving the letters outline for you to paint.
Once you’re finished tracing your letters, remove the papers and then paint your words/letters. Viola! That’s it!
Here’s another one that I did. I think I may have a new addiction on my hands.