Ever wanted to make a sign, but never thought you could? Then this post is for you!
Today I’m sharing a super easy sign anyone can make, no special tools or machines required, as part of this month’s Décor Enthusiast Decorating Challenge. Signs are such a simple and fun way to add character to a space.
Ya’ll may have seen this ENJOY sign in the background of oh just about a bajillion photos or so:
I’ve had several people ask if I had a tutorial for it, but I never shared this in a post. I made it forever ago out of an old paint spattered shelf that was hanging in our garage. Today I’m going to recreate it to show just how EASY it was to make!
I started with this old plywood shelf that was also hanging in our garage at one time:
To create this sign, you’ll need to print out the letters that make up “enjoy”. Easy, right? But how do I do that, Christy?? Oh I’m so glad you asked. I’m going to show you using Word 2013.
Open Word on your computer and select “Blank Document”.
Select the “Arial Black” font:
Then click on the font size box next to it and type in the size you want (There are suggested sizes that will drop down if you click that little arrow, but you can type any size in the box):
I used 600. You may need to print a couple of letters to test the fit to get the size you need for your sign. (My sign is 7.5″ x 38″)
Now you could just start typing in the letters you need, but you would end up wasting a lot of ink if they were all printed out like this:
Then select the outlined “A”:
Now you can start typing. Your first letter should look like this:
Continue adding all the letters you need. One will print per page:
Now print them out by selecting “File” then “Print”. Follow the prompts to print them out.
Base paint your sign in whatever color you choose for the background. I chose white. Then I sanded the surface just a bit with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth it out and age it a bit.
Now the fun part…make your sign!
Seriously ya’ll this took me less than 15 minutes to paint in those big ole letters! SO easy!
I sanded it when it was completely dry with 220 grit sandpaper to reveal the rugged wood beneath, and to smooth out the letters.
For less than 15 minutes worth of effort, not too bad. I only quickly wiped it down after sanding so there was a lot of paint dust left behind which I didn’t notice until I looked at my photos. I also didn’t seal it yet which will make the black letters darker. I will seal this with a spray sealer.
My “O’ is little wonky but that is okay…this is a hand-painted sign, right? That’s called character. 😉
I sanded the edges as well to bring out the details…
You could use this method to create any words you want like the very popular “Market” or “Antiques” or “Bakery”. I just love my original sign and the personality it adds to my dining space.
I have several signs throughout my downstairs space, and I love them all.
You’ve probably seen this “Beach COTTAGE” one:
I used a different method for that one that you can see HERE.
I also have this one I knocked off from Pottery Barn a couple of years ago:
I shared this one that’s made from an old fence and hanging in my living room this past Fall. (It’s huge and it’s my favorite!)
Lastly, this one that you probably haven’t seen before offers a simple reminder to not forget to LAUGH.
So there you have it. Every detail you need to tackle an awesome sign.
My lovely Décor Enthusiast Team are all sharing how they decorate with signs and the methods they use to create them as well!
Check them out at the links below for more inspiration!
Want to play along with us? You can!!
Take pics of your favorite signs and share them with us on our Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum on Facebook! We created this forum not only so you could participate in our fun decorating challenges, but also so that you have a judge-free zone to share your projects any time, ask questions, and hang out with other creatives just like you!
I’ll be back here Tuesday sharing how I gave this $5 yard sale stool a super cute makeover:
As always, thanks for stopping by!
UPDATE: Bam! Check out how cute it turned out HERE now!
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