Today I am not only going to show you how to create a DIY Vintage Sign that you can modify to suit an occasion or look but also how to create your own custom stickers from masking tape. I love typography (which I think is well documented!) and I don’t think anyone has enough vintage signs in their house and I love making them!
I don’t do a lot of Easter decorating…..not like I do for Christmas, where I go all out crazy! But I do like to decorate our kitchen table and do some sort of craft with my daughter. This year I have decided to decorate the kitchen a little and one of the first things I am creating is this vintage inspired Easter Sign.
You will need:
- baking paper
- masking tape
- 5 pieces of wood (650mm x 10mm) @ 795mm long
- 2 pieces of wood (35mm x 13mm) @ 300mm long
- 10 x 20mm wood screws
- wood stain
- paint of your choosing (I used Milk Paint in Marigold Yellow & white acrylic paint)
- sanding paper
- paint brush
Lay your 5 pieces of wood (795mm length) next to each other without any gaps, making sure the ends line up.
Next you will need to secure these together across the back in two places using the wood screws and the 2 pieces of 300mm wood.
Drill one screw into each 795mm wood piece (5 screws per 300mm board)
Generally speaking you won’t need to pre-drill as the wood screws will do the work for you but I do press the tip of the screw into the wood first just so that there is a little indentation and your screw won’t move when drilling.
Next you will need to stain your wood, I used Feast Watson in Black Japan. Leave that to dry.
Now I am going to show you a technique using masking tape and baking paper that you can use to make any shape sticker you want. First you need to place your design beneath a piece of baking paper and then place masking tape over it onto your baking paper, overlapping and smoothing as you go until your whole design is covered.
Then you need to cut out your design and use a marker to draw the outline onto your masking tape.
Using your scissors (or a Stanley Knife if you prefer) cut out your letter, until you have all your letters. This is delicate so go slowly and be careful not to peel the masking tape off the baking paper.
Now you have made your own stickers in the shape of your letters from masking tape. To apply simply peel off the baking paper.
Make sure your burnish the edges of the masking tape so you get a clean edge.
Next paint over all the wood until you have full coverage and once dry peel away the masking tape.
Finally we will add a white border around the letters to give the a 3D appearance. The easiest may to do this is to picture a light source on one side of your letters and put a thicker line on the places where your light source will not reach. Then do a thin line around the remainder of the letter.
Don’t worry about being perfect as this is a vintage sign and our next step is distressing with sandpaper. I was quite heavy handed as I wanted it to be worn.
Finally you have a gorgeous vintage sign to hang on your wall….I like the pop of colour it adds to my kitchen.
So that is the beginning of my Easter decorating and I will be sharing a couple more posts on some more DIY Easter decor, so stay posted!
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