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Welcome Adventurers Sign | DIY

Image of DIY graphicI’m sure you’ve already noticed that I’m a babe that loves festivities. Any reason to celebrate & decorate, and I’m on it!

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!

Photo of SuppliesHere’s what you need:

  • Kraft Paper
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Printed Transfer Text Papers
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • White Paint
  • Small Paint Brush(s)
  • Something to Hold the Paint
  • Paper Towels (prepare for the worst)
  • Scissors
  • Little Tassels (Optional)

Photo of Measuring the PaperLet’s start off by measuring out our sign. My Kraft Paper roll is 30″, which made the perfect length, so I cut my sign at 15″ high.

 

Close Up Photo of Penciling in the BackNext you’ll want to cover the back of your transfer text with pencil. I like to do this over newspaper for a softer surface.Photo of Penciling in the BackMake sure there’s graphite covering the back of all areas where there’s text.

 

Photo of Aligning the TransferNow, place the transfer texts on your sign & align them how you please. When you’re happy with the layout, gently tape down the transfer papers to the sign.

Close Up Photo of Tracing the TransferIn 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.Photo of Lining Up the BaselineMake 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.

Photo of Checking the TransferOnce 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.

 

Photo of PaintWhen 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.

Close Up Photo of Painted SignKeep 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.

Photo of Painted SignIf 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.

 

Photo of Laying Out Tassel AlignmentAlright my tassel-adders, let’s layout where we’d like our embellishments.

Photo of Cut SlitsNow cut two slits where each tassel will hang. This will create a loop you can thread your tassel onto.Photo of Back of Sign TasselsSlide the yarn through the loop you created on the back of the paper, & knot the ends of the yarn together.Close Up Photo of TasselHere’s how it should look from the front.Photo of Finished SignContinue on until all tassels are adorned & you’re ready to display your handiwork!

Photo of Finished Sign DisplayedI tacked my sign to a cork board in my dining nook (don’t judge the ginormous Jager), but this sign would be adorable anywhere you display it.

If you’ve followed along, let me know in the comments how it went for you!

What festivities get you jazzed to celebrate?

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