"You Are My Happy" DIY Sign

I wanted to make a rustic sign that would be perfect for Valentine's Day and easy to do. Plus I had leftover wooden planks from a previous project that I needed to use.

  • Each plank measures 3 1/4 x 14 inches (I used 4 planks)
  • I also notched the outside planks but you don't have to do that.
  • To keep the planks together, I attached a thin piece of plywood that measures 12 x 12 on the back and screwed it into place.
  • I didn't really like how "brand new" the wood looked. I needed it to appear aged, like it's been sitting outside. To create this weathered condition above, I just brushed the wood with a mixture of vinegar and steel wool (you can find plenty of tutorials on the mix on pinterest).
  • I then let the vinegar mix soak into the wood for 24 hours and after a light sanding (with a 120 grit sandpaper) you will get a greyish wash just like the picture above.
  • I went to my trusty Silhouette Cameo to design and print out the words onto a vinyl sheet. If you don't have a Silhouette Cameo, you can also use pre made letter stickers found at any hobby store.
  • Once I placed the vinyl and secured it to the wood. I painted the entire sign white but you can choose any color you like.
  • While the paint is still wet, peel off the stickers (if you wait till the paint is dry, then when you go to peel the stickers off some of the paint might come off with it) and you would have to start over and that's not fun.
  • Lastly, finish it off with a clear coat.

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