Spring Stencil Entry Sign Challenge

Spring Stencil Challenge and 8 Bloggers using this stencil

I’ve teamed up with 8 bloggers to celebrate spring with a fun stencil challenge and we all created something different using the same stencil, “Bloom where you are Planted”

My project was an entry sign for the house that is super easy to make and I’m going to show you how.

This is a talented group of ladies and we thought this challenge would be a fun way to get y’all excited about spring.

Stencil From Oakland Stencil

It took me a little while to track down this stencil and there it was on Etsy in all its glory and I knew it would be perfect for this challenge.
Oakland Stencil offers two purchase options, their Etsy or Ebay shop. 
This is a 7 mil laser cut Mylar stencil measuring 12 x 20, the design 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 wood 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.

You can find more on garden art in my book Startle Garden – this is a key element that is often overlooked in the garden, but I find it to be a way to personalize your space.

Stenciling

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

You can get my stencil tips here and I highly recommend using chalk paint because it dries super fast.

Stenciling is a matter of less paint on your brush when you transfer onto your project and work at a  slow relaxing pace…

Adding Ribbon

After the letters dry  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 because they happen to be my favorite flower.

Additional 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 which are perfect for spring.

I was looking for a way to jazz up the entry of our home and I think the cut flowers were a good choice for us since I’ll be growing many fresh flowers in the garden this summer.  I can already visualize bright colors of zinnias and larkspur displayed.

It’s fun to have something new and cheerful for the home and with this project anybody can make it in an afternoon.

Now let’s click the links below and see what these amazing ladies created on their blogs.

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 @ Hearth and Vine

Susan @ Momcrieff

C.D. @ C.D.’s Country Living

Bon Bon @ Farmhouse 40

Make this fun and very simple garden sign with just a few elements you may already have at home. Click here to get instructions#GardenSign, #StencilSign

7 comments

  1. Patti says:

    That was a great challenge and I love this sentiment. Bloom where you are planted and want what you already have. Adding a built-in vase is an added plus.

    1. Carole says:

      That was a fun challenge – kind of miss these because they pushed me to try new things. I have this tendency to stick with what I enjoy which is also good but sometimes it’s also good to be inspired to do something different.

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