September 28, 2013

DIY Wood Plank Sign {You Are My Sunshine}

You're probably sick and tired of hearing about my son's gallery wall I've been attempting to put together.  But I think I'm finally making some headway.  I'll share as soon as it's complete, but here's what I just finished to add to the wall.

DIY Wood Planked Sign {You Are My Sunshine} @ Blissful Roots

My in-law's bought some really cute wooden signs at Swiss Days this year, and they looked so simple to make.  I've been wanting to make something like this for a long time, so I was glad for the inspiration to finally do it.

My father-in-law has a big wood pile in his field, so whenever I need some good, old barn wood I head to that pile.  I found some pieces and had my husband cut them for me.  Each plank is approximately 4" x 16".  Then, he attached a few small wood strips on the back to connect the planks.  Click here for a video clip from Studio 5 (a local lifestyle show here in Utah) that uses the same method I did to attach my planks.

I used my Cricut to cut out my lettering in vinyl (like my shiny red vinyl?  I'm not even sure why I bought this, but it came in handy for this project).  I used the Classic Font Cartridge for the letters.  

DIY Wood Planked Sign {You Are My Sunshine} @ Blissful Roots

DIY Wood Planked Sign {You Are My Sunshine} @ Blissful Roots

YOU ARE MY (3" capital letters with cream paint)
sunshine (2" lowercase letters with yellow paint)

Just like I stated with my Bug Jar Caddy, I've learned to use as little paint as possible on my brush when using the vinyl as a stencil on wood, and just dab the paint on. I don't use any brushing motions at all.  You probably have your own method, so do whatever works best for you.  This is what I've found helpful.  I also peel off my vinyl immediately after I've painted.  I don't let it dry first.

The little sunshine I used for the dot on my 'i' came from PicMonkey.  I found it in Overlays.  It was actually in the Stars category, but it looks like a sun to me.  I printed it out in yellow, cut it out, and then used Mod Podge to adhere the gold glitter.

DIY Wood Planked Sign {You Are My Sunshine} @ Blissful Roots

I was pleasantly surprised with how this turned out.  If you're like me, often times you have a great idea in your head, but the end product doesn't quite reach your expectations.  Well, not in this case.  I love everything about this sign, especially the rustic, simple feel, and the bit of pop the glittered sunshine provides.  It was so easy to make, and it didn't cost me a dime- even better!  Now I need to make some more signs.  I'm thinking a Halloween one would be fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you found a little something worth your time.

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  1. This is so cute! I love the glitter and the fact it was a free project! Nicely done!
    Have a great day.


    1. I was a bit worried about the glitter because this is for my son, but it really is my favorite part of the sign, and I don't think he minds it at all. Thanks so much for visiting, Rita! Have a great day!

  2. Super cute!!!
    I love that saying and have used it with all of my kids... :)
    CUTE cute CUTE!!!

    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    1. It is the perfect saying for kids, isn't it? I could use this with all my boys, but my youngest especially. So glad you took the time to stop by and comment, Crystelle! Enjoy your day!

  3. You are so talented! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your comments, Marianne! You brighten my day. Hope your week is off to a great start!

  4. LOVE the sign! I need to make something like this for my little girls room. Thanks for sharing!


    1. I don't know why I didn't do this sooner! I'm completely loving it! It would be perfect for a girl's room too. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Diana! Happy Monday to you!

  5. i love the look! what a fun art piece.

    1. Thanks so much, Carissa! It's fun to have artwork in your home that you've created yourself. I sure appreciate your kind comment. Enjoy your day!

  6. You did a wonderful job! I like the sun and the phrase. I need to find some wood now! :)


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