Welcome to Emily’s Simply Made Series! Each post features a craft that looks cute or is practical but is easy enough for even the uncraftiest of people. Cute DIY things are NOT just for the pros! You can do it too!
I do a lot of DIY tutorials here at Simply Real Moms, but this one is a huge piece of my heart I’ve been planning for weeks now and finally went ahead and made it.
My dad’s personality was larger than life. He was a cheerleader for his whole family and was robustly vocal when he loved something. His response to anything great was that it was “OUTSTANDING!” He was known for saying it and all of my boys will tell anyone on the street that their Pop Pop says “Outstanding”
When my dad passed away not long ago there was an understandable void in my life and I wanted a way to keep his memory alive in my home in a way he would have been ok with. I already had a piece of wood I wanted to use for a DIY piece and it hit me that I should make it a subtle nod to dad…
Let me tell you-not only have I had several compliments on how it looked, my boys just adore it.
Best of all, it was simple to make! You can customize the phrase or design to be a favorite song verse, an image or even a family name.
I found the wood at Michael’s already treated and stained and all put together-ready to paint and hang! Most craft stores have similar pieces to choose from. I also used white acrylic paint, a thin paint brush, a pen and a printer/paper.
Start by designing your sign. I just used Word to make mine, but you can use Picmonkey for images or pre-made templates if you need some inspiration. Size it to fit nicely on the size wood you have and print. Mine was 16 inches wide, so I needed to print over two sheets of paper and tape them together.
Tape your design onto your wood where you want itGo over your design with a pen or pencil, pressing firmly. Make sure and go over every line. When you press down as you go, it will leave an indent you can follow when you’re ready to paint. If your wood isn’t soft enough (some wood species are pretty hard and might not work well with this method), you can follow THIS tutorial and rub pencil or chalk all over the back of your design before taping and tracing.When you’re done tracing your design, take your paper off of the wood and you’re left with a light outline to use as a guide to paint!Using a very thin paint brush, start to fill in your design. It doesn’t need to be perfect…the more little flaws it has, the more hand painted it looks!Once you finish, let your paint dry for a full day before using a protective coating if you choose to do so. On this project I didn’t but it’ll be on the wall in my living room untouched.
This is a great way to display my dad’s favorite phrase and I love looking at it daily. I hope it inspires you to make something that is meaningful to you for your own home.
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