Tuesday, November 27, 2012


   This diy was found at www.sandandsisal.com .  This sign would look great in place of a wreath or over a fireplace mantel.  Go out and make something today!

Pottery Barn Inspired Noel Tutorial

The blogosphere is loaded with Pottery Barn inspired goodies this season, especially their Noel letter sign. And with each blog viewing, I thought to myself, "Hey, I can do that!". So the search began for ginormous letters to mount on my wall. Huge letters, I found, were more than I wanted to spend so I found some nice sized 9" MDF letters at Michaels.

One of the things I love about these letters is the rich look of depth to the letters. To create your own faux, weathered-wood look, you'll need some acrylic paints in Raw Umber and Crimson, or whatever colors you like.

Paint the letters first with the Raw Umber and while they are still tacky and not yet dry....

...go over them with the Crimson. Blend, add some paint, take away, smudge with a paper towel, and have fun until it looks something like....

...THIS! See all that beautiful depth and faux-woody goodness? That's what you're going for here. If you keep messing with it while it's wet and still drying, you'll get this rich gorgeous look.

When your letters are completely dry, arrange them how you want on a piece of cardboard. Place another piece of cardboard on the front of the letters and flip 'em over like a cake. Now you are ready to glue your letters in place.

Take your glue gun and fill all the gaps of your letters with hot glue. Never underestimate the power of your hot glue ladies! Goop it on...and it will hold.

When your glue is set, simply place a few strategic nails on your wall and voila! Cute sign that cost you the price of your letters and a bit of your time.

Add some poinsettias, a candle, and you have yourself some gorgeousness!

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