Hi Everyone! It’s Rachel from Architecture of a Mom, back with another frugal decor idea..a wooden sign!
If you’ve been hanging around the blogosphere for very long, you know that you can use a digital cutting machine to make some awesome wooden signs. But what if you aren’t lucky enough to own a digital cutting machine? Is it possible to transfer text or sign graphic to wood? Absolutely…and it’s easy! I used this technique for a new piece of art as part of a redo I’m working on for my master bedroom.
Here’s what you need:
Wooden strips (I had a sample box from my architecture firm with multiple stains, but you can make your own using craft wood strips or shims and staining them with multiple colors–shims are only a few dollars!
Scrap wood for the back of the sign
Glue (wood glue or white school glue)
Gray and Silver Craft Paint
Print of the sign text or design (I had to use a reference to my favorite movie, The Princess Bride!)
Here’s how I made the wooden sign:
I laid the wooden strips in an arrangement that I liked, with the colors spread out throughout the sign.
Then I took the scrap wood and glued it onto the back of the strips. I let the glue dry overnight, with a weight on it.
To transfer the graphic, I colored the back of the print out of the graphic with the side of the pencil’s graphite. Then I placed the print onto the wooden sign, face up (with the graphite touching the wood). I then used a sharp pencil to trace over the outline of the text I wanted on the sign. Depending on the species of wood you are using, you may need to press down hard to transfer the graphite to the wood. My wood was pretty hard and had a pronounce grain, but if you are using balsa or another soft wood, you may be able to transfer the image without the graphite–your pencil will make an impression by itself.
To make sure I can see the graphite transfer on the wood during the painting step, I went over it with my pencil.
Then, I painted the words with craft paint–two coats of gray, and then a silver coat on the heart. I find that metallic craft paint seems to work better when there is a solid (coordinating) color of paint behind it.
If you want a modern look on your sign, try offsetting the text–my text is in the lower right. You can obtain a more traditional look by centering the text.
And that’s it–the easy (and low tech!) way to transfer a design onto a wooden sign. Want to see some of the other projects I’m working on for my master bedroom? Check out how I’ve upcycled a doily and some wallpaper into artwork!
Thanks Carrie, for letting me share this project here at My Favorite Finds!