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A few weeks ago, I had this desire to make something for the shed entrance, it needed to be inviting and pretty simple because our space is limited. The idea was to go farm style because no matter how hard I try to stay away from it I seem to always drift back.
Farm style is warm and inviting and many times more cluttered than I can handle, so I’ve taken a simplistic approach that complements our lifestyle. Perhaps I’m just really doing my own thing by creating a place that’s welcoming?
Material list for this Welcome Sign
This project began with cedar fence boards and Dixie Belle Paint, I’ve enclosed the entire supply list just in case some of you want to duplicate this project later on. Wood was purchased from Home Depot and paint/stencil supplies came from Dixie Belle Paint.
- One 6 ft. Cedar Fence Board – Cut into two 3 ft. pieces
- One 8 ft. 1 x 4 Pine board, cut two 1 ft. pieces (could use scrap wood for this detail)
- Saw, Drill and Hammer
- Finishing Nails
- Painters Tape
- Two Mason jars – any jar would work
- 2 ft. of Copper Wire, cut into two pieces (Home Depot)
- Dixie Belle Paint, Collard Greens and Buttercream. Get Here
- Paint Brush and Stencil Brush
- Dixie Belle Large Vertical Welcome Stencil, Get Here
Cut, Stain and Dry Brush the Wood
Once the wood is cut to the correct measurements the next step is to sand the board if necessary. We’ll be dry brush painting the 3 ft. boards with buttercream and Paint staining both 1 ft. board with collard greens.
The boards will dry fast allowing us to move on to the next step right away.
Connect the Boards
We attach the boards from the back side using finishing nails and a hammer. There will be a little bit of an overhang and once lined up connect with three nails per fence board. Repeat the process to the opposite end and flip back over to the front and prepare to stencil.
- Use Collard Greens for the stencil transfer lining up to the left of the sign.
- Add painters tape to keep the stencil from moving.
- Get my how to stencil tips here.
- Once transferred let it dry and get ready to add jars.
Adding Mason Jars and Copper Wire
This part of the project is really simple; the first step is to drill holes for the wire. Measure the jar to the board mark the distance then remove to drill the holes.
I used recycled copper so it was a little tricky slipping it through each hole. First enter through the right hole then come through the opposite side from the back. Connect the jar by twisting the copper around the rim until tight. If wire isn’t to your liking you could also use ribbon or rope. Repeat this process with second jar.
To finish I added a hanger on the back to place on the exterior wall near our front door. If you plan to rest your sign against a wall that step can be skipped.
So, there you have it a farm style welcome sign, this is a really fun project and we’ll be making it April 2nd at a Make and Take Workshop here in Cooper. Click here for details.