This rustic DIY welcome sign was SO simple to make and is such a lovely way to welcome guests to our home!
Welcome to another #MonthlyDIYChallenge! Y’all know how much fun I have teaming up with my talented bloggy friends the first Wednesday of each month to see the different ideas we can come up with from the very same starting point!
This month we’re getting crafty with Sharpies to bring you all sorts of creative inspiration for your home!
We’ve been so hard at work trying to get our farmhouse porch finished up this Fall (and my office of course, and our One Room Challenge space … clearly I’ve got a bit of a problem here!).
But, if you follow along with me on Instagram, you’ll know that Fall has all but disappeared and we’ve suddenly got a blanket of white stuff left in it’s place!
It’s been snowing almost non-stop for three whole days now!
Now, I’ll be honest here – typically, under normal circumstances, I’d be absolutely thrilled to see our first snowfall (yes friends, even in October). There’s always something so special, even magical about it – and I’m not the only one who thinks so (he was SO excited that I had to bribe him with chocolate to get him to come inside after hours of playing in this stuff! #momoftheyear)…
But here’s the thing – I’ve been working SO hard to finish up our front porch and I’ve been just dying to share it with y’all! We finally, FINALLY finished up our last porch project of the season just as those fluffy white flakes started to fall.
Unfortunately for me, it’s pretty darn hard to do photograph a Fall porch when it’s buried under a foot of snow. But you know, it’s sure got me excited to get it all decked out for Christmas this year!!!
So, enough with the white stuff (aside form the white specs you can’t miss falling in front of my photos). I can’t wait to show y’all what I came up with for this month’s Sharpie project and how simple it was to make!
I started with a plain old cedar shutter (tutorial for that coming soon) and a stack of letters I printed out in my favourite font. It took a little guesswork/ trial and error to get the sizing just right.
I played around with the placement and spacing of each letter a bit, just laying them onto the shutter until I felt things looked the way I wanted them too. Once I’d figured out just where I wanted each letter to end up, I used a pencil to very roughly shade in over it’s shape on the back of my printout.
I then put it back in place, with the pencil shading towards the shutter and traced the outline of each letter.
Finally, I traced over and filled in each letter with my Sharpie marker.
Friends, I still can’t believe how easy it was to get those perfect letters!
In the end, I decided to give the entire shutter a very subtle whitewash to soften things up just a bit, very lightly brushing on the thinest coat of white paint and then quickly wiping it right back off with a rag.
I absolutely LOVE how it turned out and I think it looks so sweet greeting our guests on our front porch!
Now, don’t forget to check out the fabulous projects that my bloggy friends created for this month’s challenge too!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely day!
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