We’ve all seen great logo signs, you can order them printed, sewn, in flashing lights, big poster, little poster etc… But I wanted something truly unique and of course, it had to keep within my budget (ie. nothing). Well I found this white frame at Michaels in their clearance section for $8(there is always great sample frames that have no glass or backing, but are really good quality wood frames). I snatched it up and got to thinking how I could fill it.
- Enter weathered plywood. I found this hunk of plywood that had lived a summer outdoors, no work to get the distressed look, the elements had done the work for me. However, to keep the look I had to refrain from washing it down (the dirtiness will wash right off) I just gave it a a quick sweep with the broom. I then measured the frame opening and cut the plywood to fit.
- Next for the logo part- I created my blog logo on Pic Monkey so it was easy for me to know what fonts I had used (I’m sure you can find this out if you had someone create one for you) the fonts I used were Bilbo Swash Caps and Tall Dark and Handsome. I then downloaded these free fonts, and in Word created a look-a- like logo print out.
- This part I’m sure you could make much quicker if you had carbon paper (but I was totally antsy, and again no $$ to waste). I whipped out my scissors and cut out the letters, and arranged them on my plywood.
- I then found a white pencil crayon (I’ve NEVER had a use for one until this project so it wasn’t a hard find) I traced around my letters.
5. Paint inside the lines! I used a combination of paint I had on hand (all with the same sheen, you don’t want some shiny and some dull). To finish the piece off I put a coat of varnish on. ** A little tip if you’re using naturally weathered wood- your brush will pick up dirt from the weathered wood so coat over your letters first so your letters don’t get a dirty finish (I learned the hard way)**.
Hang your sign with pride and feel great that you saved yourself some serious dough. Mine was only $8!
Thanks for joining me for Day#2 of Cheap Art Week, be sure to check back tomorrow for a Martha number.
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