So, I was in Hobby Lobby. This happens from time to time. 🙂 I was cruising the aisles. I’m not even sure why I went in originally. But you know, you have to just walk the store in case anything strikes your fancy, right? I wasn’t having any luck on this particular day. Then, I happened upon a whole clearance aisle. I had to check it out. I found these word art signs. What’s the official name for these anyway? I did not like them at all. I was about to pass them by, but then I had a second thought. What if I could just paint over them and use them to make my own sign?? Cue the light bulb going off over my head. And, my Hobby Lobby score was in motion.
So, I paid $2.60 for an 8×10 wood sign. It’s built kind of like a box with one side missing. They are very lightweight and easy to hang. I mean for $2.60 I would not be out much if it didn’t work out. However, I knew it would. Therefore, I bought three of those and a larger 11×14 for $3.00. I consider this quite the steal!
I brought them home and gave them a quick coat of paint. However, it took two coats to completely cover the underlying lettering.
Next, I scoured Pinterest for some sign inspiration. I decided on two phrases right away. I designed my sign in my Silhouette software. It’s so easy. You just type your text ~ I like to type each line in its own text box. Arrange the lines how you’d like it to look and then play around until you find a font that you like. I used a pretty basic type for my wording except for the two words I wanted to highlight. For those, I chose a pretty script font.
Now, it’s time to cut the words out using vinyl (or contact paper if you like). It does not matter what type of vinyl or what color as it isn’t going to be a part of the final sign. Weed the lettering out using your hook tool and leaving the wording on the paper backing. Next, with all of your words ready to be transferred, get a piece of transfer paper or tape. Press it down onto the backing and vinyl lettering. Then, peel the backing off the transfer tape and move the transfer tape (with the lettering) to your sign. Press down firmly. You may even want to use your scraper tool for this. Last, you just peel off the transfer tape leaving the letters on the box.
With my lettering secured onto the wood, I always paint over the vinyl letters using the same color as my background. This will also be the color of the letters or art in your sign. When the paint dries, you will paint over the entire box using whatever color you like. Wait a few minutes for your paint to dry. It doesn’t have to be completely dry to begin pulling the vinyl letters off. In fact, sometimes when it is completely dry it tends to pull extra paint off with it. 🙁
There, you have it. You’ve got a completed sign ready to hang. And, if you’re lucky like me, you paid less than $3. I love a good deal. Don’t you? So, what good deals have you scored lately?