I have been feeling the love this Valentine’s day season on the blog and wanted to make some sign art for my entryway. Here is a tutorial for a DIY Love Sign Art.
I had fun making this one, and I think it will go well in other areas of the house if I want to switch it around after the holiday.
DIY Love Sign Art
You will need:
- 1″ X 3″ x 8′ piece of lumber (about $2.00)
- 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ Nails
- Corks (cut in half)
- Spray Paint
- Embroidery thread
- Hand Saw (or have lumber cut at hardware store)
- Hot Glue gun
I chose to make my board, as I already had the lumber on hand. If you aren’t too keen on building your board from scratch, you can buy this prefab wood art signs at Hobby Lobby for around $15.00. (Use their 40% off coupon for a better deal!)
♥ You will have to adjust your measurements for the arrows if you go this route.
Otherwise, let’s start the build.
First, I cut my lumber into (6) 16″ pieces. I gave each piece a quick once over with some sand paper, helps the paint too.
I lined up 5 of those pieces. I took the 6th piece and cut it in half (two 8″ pieces), I laid each half across the back side of the planks and nailed them on. This is the backing to hold them together. Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of the backing nailed on…was cruising through this part. :/
I grabbed a handy helper. I couldn’t complete any DIY without him.
I knew I wanted my letters to be gold, so I went ahead and sprayed the board gold. I wasn’t worried about getting the entire board painted to the edges. Just a good cover where I knew the letters would be. Let that dry.
Next, I put in the nails for my arrows. I wanted them in before my final paint, so when I painted the board, the nails would get a good coating as well to blend in. Here is the template that I used.
I put nails on each dot. Hammering them about half way in.
.Next, I taped off the letters and heart.
Then, I gave the entire board a few coats of cream white. Don’t forget the sides, top and bottom!
While I was waiting on the cream white to dry I started working on the cork heart. I took corks and cut them in half. Full corks just stuck out too far.
I then dipped the ends into paint and set them aside to dry.
Once my cream white paint was dry, I peeled off the tape.
Finally, I hot glued my corks into place around my gold heart.
I took my embroidery thread and tied it around one of the nails, I then wound my thread around the nails and tied off the string again. Cutting any excess.
Done, and done. This one makes me happy whenever I look at it. ♥