Monday, January 17, 2011

what i made monday: a love note

It's going to be a Valentine's themed week here on my blog.  To kick off the week, I thought I'd share a fun little project that I made over the weekend for Reid's room.  It's kind of my permanent love note to him.

Starting tomorrow, I will be introducing the Valentine's collection for this year.  There are 4 pieces in the collection and I will introduce one new design each day, the final one being on Friday {along with a little announcement you do not want to miss!}

Okay, onto the sign!  The quote comes from the book, On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman.  My mom gave it to us when Reid was 2 or 3 years old.  It's the sweetest little story about how the whole earth came alive with thanksgiving to celebrate because "there had never been anyone like you, ever in the world." 

Reid chooses it for the bedtime story when he is feeling a bit needy {we read it A LOT when little brother came home!}.  Anyway, as he is getting older, I know that he will stop wanting to read the book.  But, I want him to remember the message.

If you would like to make a wood sign of your own, here is what you will need:

::Wood Board {mine is a pine board 12x48 and I had Home Depot cut it to 36"} It was about $6.
::Painter's Tape
::Two Colors of Paint
::Foam Roller or Paintbrush
::Vinyl sign letters {I used 2" letters from Staples}
::Sandpaper or Sander{I used 220 grit sheets}

Step 1: Sand your board so that's it's nice and smooth and then use a damp paper towel to wipe off the dust.

Step 2: Place a layer of painter's tape on all four edges. 

Step 3: Paint your first color.  Note: this is the color that the letters are going to be. 
Let the sign dry {I let mine dry for about 3 hours, but it was a really sunny day.  You may want to let it dry overnight}

Step 4: Place your vinyl letters on the board.  I used painter's tape as a guide to be sure that I was spacing the lines evenly and I also used it as a way of aligning the words to the right.  The trickiest part of this project is doing the math for what size letters you need, how much space on top, bottom and in between, etc.  Luckily, you can find the painter's tape and sign letters in just about any size so that makes it easy.  I drew it out on paper first to make sure my spacing was correct. may need more than one package of vinyl lettering so it's a good idea to calculate the quantity you need for each letter before you go to the office supply store.  I had lots of the letter 'O' and 'Y' so I needed 2 packages.  They are a few dollars a package.

And, while we are chatting about the letters, I used the 'repositionable' variety.  I think that is why my lines came out a bit uneven.  I think since they are meant to be moved around, they didn't stick to the board as well and they allowed some paint to get in underneath.  I think next time I'll try the ones that are just the standard kind. 

Step 5: Remove all the painters tape and paint your second color {the main sign color}.  Let the board dry.

Step 6: Remove the vinyl letters.  Grant thought this part was a lot of fun!

Step 7: Give it a light sand to smooth it out and sand the edges a bit if you want a more distressed finish.

Stand back and admire your work!

See you in the morning with the first necklace in the Valentine's collection!


  1. That is so cute! That book is so wonderful and what a great way to put words from his favorite book onto his wall and always there for him to see! :)

  2. LOVE it Amber!! Cant wait to see your new designs too! Hugs, Rachel

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  3. OOo, this is so sweet and lovely! It turned out beautiful!

  4. Aww! This is so it:)

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