Hey crafty ladies – I’m Kelsey from Poofy Cheeks and I am so excited to be back guest posting in the 20 Crafty Days of Christmas series for the 3rd year in a row! Today I am sharing how to make a painted wood Christmas sign which goes perfect on a shelf, mantel or even on the wall. This project takes a steady hand but it can be done in just about an hour.
- Wooden canvas (mine was 8×8 inches from Joann’s)
- Acrylic paint
- Foam brush
- Fine point paint brush
- Printed wording
- Ball point pen
- Sand paper
I started out by painting the entire wooden canvas in Porcelain Doll Martha Stewart craft paint with a foam brush. Then I let it dry completely.
While the paint was drying I used Microsoft Word to print out ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly’ on a piece of printer paper. Once the wooden canvas was dry I put the paper over the canvas and traced them with a ball point pen. When tracing use a bit of pressure so that the lines will be lightly engraved into the wood leaving you guides for painting.
Once the design was traced on I removed the paper and began painting with Martha Stewart Habanero. If you are right handed paint from the top left down to avoid rubbing your hand through any wet paint (paint from the top right if you are left handed).
Once the letters are painted let them dry completely – I waited about 20 minutes. After they were dry I used a piece of sand paper to go over the edges and letters to make the sign look weathered and worn. I think the sand paper step makes a big difference and helps fix any imperfections in your painting.
Now my little sign is setting on my ledge shelves above my couch with some other signs I have made in past years. These little signs are simple, cute and would even make a great gift for a co-worker or friend!
I hope you will stop by Poofy Cheeks and check out some of the Christmas crafts and recipes I have been sharing!
Kelsey is a mom to three with a fourth baby on the way. She runs her handmade business, Poofy Cheeks Shop, from her home and also writes the blog Poofy Cheeks. Her and her family live in Central Florida where they are 10 minutes from the beach and an hour from the Happiest Place on Earth – Disney World!