When getting ready for our Cottage Sale, we felt that our signage needed to be in true JosieJones style. After sending my last of 3 boys off to kindergarten, I decided it was time to part with the crib my husband and I bought 12 years ago. The perfect way to use it was to make a sale sign with it!!!
So here’s a tutorial for you on how we did it!
Sign body (we used the ends of our crib, but any piece of would work just fine).
Small Paint Brush for details
Black Acrylic Paint
Wording Printed on Paper
Chalk Board Paint
Clear Coat Spray Paint
First you need to determine what you want your sign to say, and the size it needs to be to fit on your final surface. I used a Microsoft Picture It Publishing program that actually had a “Sign/Banner” category, but one could easily do it in a basic word document.
Once you’ve printed your wording, turn it over and use your pencil to shade over the outline of each word.
Position your words pencil side down onto your sign surface, then use your pencil to trace over your words. Your pencil shading on the back will transfer onto your sign surface so be sure to go beyond the outside of the letters or design.
Now take your acrylic paint and fill in your letters.
I decided to do a chalk board section on my sign so that I could change my wording and arrows when needed. For this part I made a stencil out of paper, taped it down and then used my sponge brush to paint on the chalk board paint. Using your tape to mask off a square or rectangle would work great as well. I just wanted to give my sign a unique look so I went with a scalloped shape for the chalk board section. The chalkboard paint needs a couple of coats.
Once the sign was finished, I sprayed a clear coat over the wording to give it some protection from the outside elements. Of course we used Painter’s Touch Clear coat from Menard’s.
So there you have it, a totally custom and UNIQUE sign!