Ack! I have been bursting at the seams trying to keep this project under wraps until today! I finally get to share my version of the Home Depot’s #DIHworkshop project.
I have teamed up with not only The Home Depot, but 24 other bloggers to share how you can make this project your own.
I decided to make my sign a Christmas Countdown!
My favorite part is that the licence plate is a little chalkboard that you can write the number on!!! It is a good way for my littlest to practice writing his numbers too :)
Here is how I made my sign!
(2) 1″x4″x6′ boards
4 feet of lattice trim
brad nailer or clamps
trace paper & pencil
artist paint brushes
I cut the 1×4 boards to 3 foot lengths and the lattice trim to 14 inches each. I wanted my sign to look like old weathered wood so I chose not to line the edges up perfectly. I added a little wood glue to the lattice trim and also used my nail gun to keep them in place. If you do not have a brad nailer, you could clamp the boards together until the glue dries.
I turned the sign over and sanded the front side until it was smooth.
I used a damp cloth to clean off the dust and then stained the sign using Weathered Oak by Minwax. I ended up doing two coats.
I had Shane draw a picture of a pickup truck for me since my artistic skill run along the line of sick figures. You can probably search for a clipart type image online and print it off. If you need the image larger than 8×10, you can get engineering prints at office Depot or Staples.
I did not have the right kind of projector so I traced Shane’s drawing onto some parchment paper and then laid the parchment paper onto the sign.Using a pencil, I traced the drawing which made indentations on the sign in the shape of the truck. I then lightly penciled the indentations to make the line more noticeable.
Now I was ready to paint! I used some paint samples since I would not need a lot of each color.
Painting it in did not take as long as I thought it would. I ended up giving it more detail than I had planned because it was so fun! Keep in mind I am not a painter, but I have been known t color inside the lines occasionally, so if I can do it, you can!
I used a stencil I cut out using my vinyl cutter for the lettering. You could use a razor blade knife to cut out your own stencil if you don’t have a vinyl cutter or you use alphabet stencils if you don’t want to freehand it.
I am really happy how it turned out and my boys (especially the two youngest) are excited to take turns changing the number everyday :)
The Do-It-Herself workshop is FREE and is held this Thursday (October 20th) from 6:30-8:00 pm at all Home Depots! Sign up HERE to attend at your local store. It would make a fun girl’s night out :)
See all the other versions of this fun holiday sign!
This post was sponsored by The Home Depot but the thoughts, ideas, and opinions are 100% mine!