Nicole™ Crafts Welcome Sign

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by Karen Fennimore, Nicole™ Crafts

Nicole™ Crafts Welcome Sign

Walnut Hollow's wood products can be made to create the custom look for your home...just like this welcome sign! Simple to make with paint and distressed to look rustic, the addition of burlap makes it the trendiest of projects!

Project Details

  • Level:advanced
  • Time:2-3 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Turn plaque sideways and lay flat.
  • 2
    Measure ¾ inch up from bottom of top layer. Lightly draw line across plaque. 3. Measure 2 inches in from each side and mark intersecting lines.
  • 3
    Measure approximately 7-1/8 inch in from each side and mark intersecting lines. You should have four marks of intersecting lines.
  • 4
    Drill holes for pegs at these intersections.
  • 5
    Measure and attach hangers to back.
  • 6
    Mix small amount of Gesso with a small amount of black paint. Mixture should turn a dark gray. Brush over plaque and pegs.
  • 7
    While paint mixture is still wet on plaque, use spatula to create a textured look. Allow to dry.
  • 8
    Cut burlap sheet to fit on a piece of printer paper. Spray adhesive on burlap and stick to paper. Place in printer and print letters using templates. Pull off paper.
  • 9
    Paint plaque Turners Yellow and paint pegs Desert Turquoise. Allow to dry.
  • 10
    Cut out letters, leaving a burlap border as shown. Use a small amount of tacky glue and glue letters to canvas sheet. Cut out, leaving about a 1/8" border around burlap.
  • 11
    Paint tops of nineteen paper fasteners Rich Espresso paint. Allow to dry.
  • 12
    Lightly sand plaque and pegs to give them a distressed look. When you have achieved the amount of distress you like, brush on satin varnish. Allow to dry.
  • 13
    Glue pegs into holes in plaque.
  • 14
    Cut ends of fasteners off. Glue two fasteners to tops of each burlap letter. Glue letters across top of plaque.
  • 15
    Glue remaining fastener tops to bottom of plaque between pegs.

Project Details

  • Level:advanced
  • Time:2-3 hours

Project Supplies

  • Walnut Hollow® Innkeeper Signboard 6 inches x 23 inches 104147248
  • Pro-Art® Gesso Canvas Primer 16 fl. oz. 104127188
  • Canvas Corp. Canvas Fabric Sheet 12 inch x 12 inch 104584110
  • Canvas Corp. Burlap Fabric Sheet 12 inch x 12 inch 104584112
  • Lara's Crafts™ Wood Shaker Peg 2-7/16 inch 2 pcs. 104146412
  • DecoArt® Americana® DuraClear® Satin Varnish 2 oz 104387409
  • DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Espresso 104549536
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Ebony Black 104106681
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Desert Turquoise 104106698
  • Plaid® FolkArt® Artist's Pigment Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Turner's Yellow 104107605
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Brush Flat Shader 12 104118907
  • Elmer's® Craft Bond® Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive 11 oz. 104148280
  • Aleene's® Tacky Glue 4 oz. 104148018
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