Jun 11, 2012

Sign of Summer

Over the weekend I came across this typography word art on Pinterest.  It was created by Kristi of Barn Owl Primitives and offered as a free download/printable in her guest post at Thirty Handmade Days. 

Barn Owl Primitives via Thirty Handmade Days

I fell in love with the summery colors and typography and, of course, the little flags, so I decided to make it into a sign for my backyard.  

I downloaded the shabby version of the typography here. (It also comes in a version with a plain white background here.) Then I printed it out on my inkjet printer. 

I primed an old piece of plywood I had laying around.

Then painted it with some homemade chalk paint tinted with a bit of green and yellow acrylic craft pain. 

When the paint was dry, I used mod podge to glue the print to the board and smoothed out the bubbles. 

 I used a sanding block to distress both the print and the board after it was dry again. 

 Then waxed the whole thing, including the print, with dark wax. When the dark wax was dry, I buffed it and applied another coat of light wax, drying and buffing again. 

I couldn't find a picture hanger, so I just leaned the sign against the deck railing.

Digging through the junk drawer the next day, I came across an ornament hook, so I stapled it on the back of the sign for a hanger. (No one's ever called me a perfectionist!)

Worked like a charm!

I love my new little sign of summer. 

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  1. What a cute sign! Perfect summery perfection!! I love the green color that you painted on the wood. What green and yellow colors of acrylic paint did you use? Have a lovely evening! ~ Jamie

  2. Laurel I love it! Perfectly reflects the season. The colours are wonderful makes me think of warm summer days and ice cream.

  3. This is fantastic!!!! I love it!

  4. So darn cute and I love the printable you found. Perfect for a summer mantle... hmm. So much great stuff; you are one busy gal!

  5. You are sure pretty artistic!! I love the light color. Have a good week and enjoy Spring!

  6. Laurel,

    What a fun project....and the colors are so cute! BTW....I am featuring your porch over at www.adustbunnylife.com! Let me know if you have any other projects you want to feature....you really have the best ideas!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!

  7. It's like a summer to-do list! Love it ...



  8. VERY cute! I love it! Found you via Beyond the Picket Fence and would love to follow you!

    Tiffany@ http://Tiffanyandcoblog.blogspot.com

  9. This is charming! I can just imagine crossing everything off the list as summer wanes.

    Thanks for visiting my little blog project. Would love for you to share this at our All Star Block Party blog hop.


  10. I agree with the others that your sign turned out great and the colors are so pretty. You made something simple into something unique and very nice. That's the sign (forgive the pun) of a talented crafter.----------------Shannon

  11. Hi Laurel, Love this sign! I've been wondering what mod podge was. My niece has been talking about mod podging and I kept wondering what she was talking about now I know! Your house and porch are very charming. Thanks so much for visiting me because now I found you. I love tutorials and it looks like you have a lot.

  12. this is just too cute... I really like it a lot.. Everything looks so pretty and lovely...Thanks for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY!!!! Thanks for sharing you too =)


  13. Really cute! I love the way you distressed the whole thing! Great job! Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!


  14. Very cute Laurel! Isn't it great creating something you just love?

  15. What a great sign! It's fun and fresh, but has a nice aged feel!


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