- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Hey bees, I’ve had a few people ask me how to make these barnwood signs I did last summer. I made a little tutorial in the “DIY” section (eg the one that’s separate from the boards), but I think that’s often an ignored wasteland.
So here it is:
This may be the simplest shortest tutorial ever… but the good news is that the project itself is super straightforward!
We had a semi-casual, festive, outdoor wedding and I wanted some Pintastic signs to go along with it. Here are my steps:
1) Find barnwood, if possible. I found an old falling-down barn and fence (on public land) and filled the back of my truck.
2) If not, buy or make barnwood. A lot of antique and second-hard stores sell old wooden boxes or picture frames. Pillage these! Otherwise, you can buy regular 2x4s (or other sizes), bang them up with hammers and chains, and then stain them a darkish color. Tada, battered and aged wood.
3) Get a font and paint/brushes. Find a font that you like and bring up an alphabet for it. I valiantly attempted the “Bombshell” font and didn’t quite do it justice – found here:
I bought a small container of white craft paint and set of 4 fine to medium brushes from Joann.
4) Paint the wood. I didn’t bother to wipe down or wash the wood (dirt is part of the charm, right?). I just eyeballed the size of the wood and how many letters I wanted to fit on it, then attempted to copy my font onto the wood. Just go nice and slowly. Make sure you spell the words correctly – I painted a very nice “photobooto” sign but was able to wipe off the last errant “o” before it dried. After a few letters, you start to get a feel for the “fat” versus “thin” part of each letter, and it gets to be more intuitive. Once the paint dries (about 10 minutes), go back over any parts that look too faint with extra paint.
5) Attach a picket. For the ones I wanted standing up, we bought wooden fence pickets, painted them a grayish brown to kinda match the aged wood, screwed the signs in place, and hammered them into the grass.
6) Admire your handiwork. For someone who is not particularly artistic and does not have beautiful handwriting, I’m quite happy with how they came out!
Some signs in action last summer: