Making Signs on the Cheap…

These were projects that I did last weekend.  People asking me how to do them was one of the motivations for this blog.  Unfortunately that came after I actually did them, so no in process pics.  But figured I’d post the steps anyway since it was super easy.

  1. Buy blank wood plaque and signs from Joanns (there were good coupons!)
  2. Paint the wood. I used leftover paint from my house and DIY projects.  Yup, all those bright colors are in my house, no boring beige for me.  Let the paint dry.
  3. Squeeze a bit of brown craft paint (or any brown paint, I’ve used porch/floor paint before) into a red party cup, add some water and stir. You basically want dark brown water.  Paint the watered down paint all over the painted wood pieces, let sit for a minute and lightly wipe it with a damp cloth.  This gives it an aged look.  Let dry.
  4. Cut out a 8-1/2 x 11” piece of tissue paper from the standard gift wrapping folds and tape it to a piece of cardstock. Run it thru the printer and print whatever text/picture/font you want to include on your sign directly onto the tissue then take it off the cardstock.
  5. Cut out the words/pic on the tissue paper as close as you can get to the ink.
  6. Put a layer of Mod Podge on the wood, then lay down the tissue paper where you want it.  This first layer is key, forget it and you totally see the tissue paper.  I may or may not have made that mistake and had to sand the wood and start again. 😛
  7. Coat the top of the tissue paper and entire surface of the wood a few times with Mod Podge and let dry.
  8. Distress if you want using sand paper, chain, hammer, etc
  9. For the bib holder I added two little cup hooks to hang all the race bibs on
  10. Hang and enjoy!

RunDisney Bib Holder:


Bicycle Signs (one for me, one will be a gift):



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