Monday, August 13, 2012

DIY Vintage Sign

This vintage sign has been one of my easiest DIY’s to date.  I’d been holding onto a lovely piece of driftwood since I went driftwood hunting for my DIY Jewelry Holder. I finally got around to making something of my piece of wood, and it turned out to be such a simple project. As easy as it was, I was very pleased with my finished product. This vintage sign will be perfect for a small wall in my apartment.

Supplies needed
a piece of driftwood
your choice color of acrylic paint (mine is a peachy/coral color)
a pencil
a paintbrush
an old strand of fake pearls
a thicker strand of raffia
a staple gun
a glue gun

I stuck with the simple and slightly cliché ‘Love’ for my sign, because I needed a short word, and hey- we all need a little love, right? I traced out the word with a pencil before I painted it with a paintbrush.
I initially planned on leaving my sign as it was and simply setting it somewhere (isn’t it lovely on my DIY Window Frame Shelf?), but I decided I wanted to hang it.
I cut my strand of pearls and raffia the length I wanted the hanging part to be. Then, I tied my raffia to my strand of pearls with a tight knot on each side.
At first, I was planning on just twisting the pearls and raffia together, but the strands weren’t staying lined up how I wanted them. So, I twisted one section of raffia around the pearls and glued it with hot glue, and so on and so on down my strand of pearls.
 Next, I got out my staple gun and stapled the very end of the raffia to the back of the driftwood, on each side. I tried to measure the distance from each side of the wood to make sure my sign would hang evenly. And okay -- I got a little paranoid and may have exploded hot glue everywhere on the back to make sure my raffia-pearls hanger would hold.
And here is my finished product! 


-A

25 comments:

  1. I love the added touch of the pearls! I'll be watching for those in the thrift store, now. ~ Maureen

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    1. Thank you so much! I love a touch of girly-ness!

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  2. How adorable...and so easy to make! I love it!
    Saw you at Debbiedoo's Newbie Party
    Debbie :)

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    1. Thank you! And yes- so easy!! Glad you saw me! :)

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  3. Very cute, I like it! Checkout my blog if you have some time, and follow if you like!

    Jennifer

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    1. Thanks Jenn! I just checked out your blog and love it! I'm your newest follower. :)

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  4. Very pretty! I think from this one project I've got a very good sense of your style. Lovely~ Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for letting us all share! :)

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  5. This turned out lovely, especially entwining the rafia & pearls! I'm now a follower!

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    1. Thanks Sherry! So glad to have you here! :)

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  6. This is as sweet as sweet can be. The pearls are a really nice touch. Thanks for sharing with my party.

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful linky party!

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  7. That is so cute and I especially love the pearls. It really gives it a feminine look. I think anyone could easily make one of these...great job!

    Hugs, Angie

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    1. Well, thank you Angie! You are too sweet! :)

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  8. What a cute sign. Love how you chose to hang it. Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you link up this week.

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I've been slacking on my posts lately, but I hope to catch up and link up soon!! :)

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    1. Thanks Ashlee! You're just always such a sweetheart.

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  10. Love this! I'll have to make one for my apartment :)

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  11. Love this project *_*
    I'm gonna try to make one on my own!!
    ^^
    Thank you for sharing this idea!
    I'm following you!

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