Joanna Gaines has made “Welcome” signs a must have for any home. What is more inviting at the entryway to a house than a beautiful sign welcoming your guests in?
I have wanted to make a “Welcome Sign” for awhile and I finally found some time to make one. I didn’t want to have your typical sign that you could buy at any store. We live in a beach cottage so I wanted to add some beach flair to my sign. To do this I added a “fake” sand dollar to represent the “o” in the “Welcome.” It is really easy to diy to make one of these pallet welcome signs.
I started off with a leftover board I from our deck project last year. (If you didn’t see our deck project, check it out here.) You can also use pallet boards to create these signs. Pallet boards are easy to get for free. Businesses are always throwing them out in my town. You can check Craigslist under “free stuff” to find these too. It is a little tricky to take apart the pallets without breaking the boards. I highly recommend getting a pallet buster if you plan on breaking up pallets for more than just this project. (Pallet Buster Review).
I first sanded down the board. There were some rough spots on it. The next thing I did was set-up my workspace by placing down newspaper. I don’t have a lot of space to work on projects (especially now that it is winter and too cold to work in the garage) so I had to set-up shop on my counter.
I had to paint two coats of paint on each side. I decided to use chalk paint because I love the finish chalk paint has. You however can use acrylic paint if you want, which is a lot less expensive. For this project I used chalk paint I bought at Michael’s Craft Store. The sea blue color I used is called “Aqua.”
After painting two coats on each side and letting it dry it was now time to place the stencil letters on the board. I purchased these stencils at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. I used a ruler to make sure they were placed out evenly on the board. I then used masking tape to secure them in place.
I used white chalk paint and a stencil brush to blot the paint onto the board. It took two coats of white to cover it up.
After the white dried I took off the stencils. There were a few spots that I needed to touch up that had bleed through. I used a very small acrylic paint brush to fix up any mistakes I made.
Next I added the fake sand dollar where the “o” was on the sign. I used a hot glue gun to add the sand dollar. I used a fake sand dollar because it isn’t fragile like a real one. I bought a bag of fake sand dollars at Christmas Tree Shops, however I am sure you can find these at a craft store as well.
The last thing I did was spray the board with a clear matte finish so it won’t chip. I plan on putting this outside our front door (once it warms up outside).
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