Spring Stencil Entry Sign Challenge

Spring Stencil Challenge and 8 Bloggers using this stencil

We’re celebrating spring with a fun stencil challenge.  I’ve teamed up with 7 other bloggers where we all created something different using the same stencil, “Bloom where you are Planted”

Please make sure to check out everyone’s project using the links at the end of this post.  This is a talented group of ladies and we thought this challenge would be a fun way to get y’all excited about spring.

The stencil we used can be purchased online from Oakland Stencil in their Etsy or Ebay shop.  This is a 7 mil laser cut Mylar stencil measuring 12 x 20, the image is actually 10 x 18.

For me this project came together using a thick piece of reclaimed wood and a Mason jar.  The wood was leftover from a house project and it’s been collecting dust in the workshop for the last year.

Applying Stain

The first thing I did was apply dark walnut stain on all sides of the board.  Wear gloves and distribute the stain evenly with a rag wiping off the excess.  The board should soak up the stain pretty fast if you’re using raw wood.

Once the board is dry we need to add something heavy duty to the back for hanging purposes.  For me this involved two screws and a wire as shown above.

The final treatment included two holes on the bottom right hand side. This is where we’ll hang our Mason jar towards the end of the project.

Stenciling

I really enjoy stenciling it’s so relaxing and makes such a wonderful statement.

The best technique I can share came from a blogging friend, Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.  Spray the backside of your stencil with a removable sticky adhesive spray. This will keep the stencil from moving.

The second thing is to use chalk paint and remember to blot your brush before applying. The less paint in your brush the better results you will experience.   Once all the letters were covered it was time for lift off.

Adding Ribbon

After the letters dry you’re going to feed the ribbon through the back side of the board and strap it around the base of the Mason jar.  I also added a thin piece of wire first for additional support.

The final touch was to fill the jar with water and add flowers. This time I couldn’t resist tulips, they’re my favorite.

Other Ideas

If cut flowers aren’t your thing then switch out the Mason jar with a clay pot and add some cute pansies or primroses.  It’s spring have fun with it.

I was looking for a way to jazz up the entry of our home; I wanted something that was energizing.  I think I found it, what do you think?

It’s my hope to keep that Mason jar filled with fresh flowers from the garden this summer.  I can already visualize bright colors of zinnias and larkspur displayed.

It’s fun to have something cheerful and new by the front door that’s inviting, this makes me smile. Now let’s click the links below and see what all these amazing ladies created.

Visit These Fun Bloom Where you are Planted Ideas

Maria @ Simple Nature Decor

Karen @ To Work With My Hands

Angela and Laura @ About a Mom

Patti @ Garden Matter

Susan @ Momcrieff

C.D. @ C.D.’s Country Living

Bon Bon @ Farmhouse 40

8 DIY Bloggers creating with a spring stencil challenge

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