Because my boo is returning home from his motorcycle trip (along with his family), I thought I’d share with you a sign I made to welcome them.
I’ve got a printable PDF for you (print & assembly instructions included) if you’d like to play along at home. Welcome Adventurers Sign Printable
So print out that transfer & get your smock on because it DIY time!
Here’s what you need:
- Kraft Paper
- Printed Transfer Text Papers
- White Paint
- Small Paint Brush(s)
- Something to Hold the Paint
- Paper Towels (prepare for the worst)
- Little Tassels (Optional)
Next you’ll want to cover the back of your transfer text with pencil. I like to do this over newspaper for a softer surface.Make sure there’s graphite covering the back of all areas where there’s text.
In order to transfer the graphite from the back of the papers to the Kraft Paper sign, you have to trace over the text. I find it helps to use a colored pen for this so you can see where you’ve drawn.Make sure to use a straight edge for all the straight lines of the letters. Another helpful tip is to line up your straight edge with the bottom of all the letters & then do all the baselines at once, then do the same for the top.
Once you’ve finished going over all the letters, un-tape one side of the transfer paper & have a peek underneath to make sure all the necessary lines transferred. If you’re missing a line, make sure there’s graphite on that place on the paper, tape the paper back down & go over the spot again.
When everything looks ok, it is time to paint! Plop out some white paint & get to work. I like to use a very small brush to get into all the small spaces on the letters. Also, adding a bit of water to the paint helps to smoothly paint the outlines of the letters. This step is the most time-consuming, so crank up the tunes & zone out.
Keep in mind, this isn’t something people will be up close & personal with. If you paint outside the lines a bit, it’s perfectly fine. From far away, it’ll still look swell. Just take your time with it.
If you’re opting out of the tassels, then give yourself a pat on the back because you’re finished! If you’d like to embellish the sign with tassels, take a break now while the paint dries & add the tassels later.
Now cut two slits where each tassel will hang. This will create a loop you can thread your tassel onto.Slide the yarn through the loop you created on the back of the paper, & knot the ends of the yarn together.Here’s how it should look from the front.Continue on until all tassels are adorned & you’re ready to display your handiwork!
If you’ve followed along, let me know in the comments how it went for you!