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Learn How To Make A Hand-Painted Vintage Sign

 

What You’ll Need

 

Find a piece of salvaged wood. If you can’t find the right size, buy a new one, paint it, then distress it by sanding and banging it up with hand tools. You will also need a utility knife and scissors; drill; measuring tape; hand saw; paintbrush and red paint – sample size (we used Lowe’s Valspar Claret); shop vacuum; face mask; salvaged wood board (about 70″ to 75″ x 20″ to 24″); shellac (all natural sealer); two D-rings with screws and picture hanging wire; three large paper bags; painter’s tape; and sandpaper.

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Prep the Board

 

Wear a mask. Clean the board with a shop vac to get any paint flakes off. Wipe down with a damp rag. Measure the board, and plan out your design on paper.

 

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Create the Design

 

Create a template for the letters on three paper bags. For a 70″ x 24″ salvaged board, letters should be at least 16″ square.

 

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Trace Letters

 

Tape letters onto board and outline with marker.

 

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Outline With a Knife

 

Remove templates, and use razor knife to cut along the marker lines. Go over it a few times to make the lines wider and deeper.

 

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Go Over With Saw

 

Go over them again with a hand saw to create a rough-line look. Vacuum to remove all dust and wood chips.

 

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Paint Letters

 

Paint inside the lines, but leave some of the finish/paint underneath exposed. Let dry. If necessary, put on a second coat and let dry. Use sandpaper to scrape away the paint in some spots to give it an aged look.

 

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Apply Finish and Add Hardware

 

Shellac wood, front and back two times. Add D-rings to the back of the wood. Hang with wire, and enjoy your hand-painted vintage sign.

 

Glittered Snowballs, Snowmen and Ornaments

Snowballs

Materials and Tools:

plastic foam balls – any size
1 cup of all-purpose glue
2 teaspoons water
large canister of white or clear glitter
2 Medium-sized plastic bowls
wax paper

Steps:

1. In one bowl, mix together approximately 1 cup of the all-purpose glue and 2 teaspoons of water.

2. Roll/tap the foam balls in the glue and water mixture to give each a light coat. Working over the second plastic bowl (to catch the excess glitter), sprinkle the glitter over the glued ball.

3. Place the glittered balls onto waxed paper for drying. You might want to turn the balls on the wax paper every 30 minutes so that the glue does not clump in one area.

Stand-Up Snowmen

Materials and Tools:

2 glittered snowballs (as created above), one slightly larger than the other
Scrapbooking eyelets and brads (for eyes and details)
3 small buttons
2 toothpicks
felt scraps (for the snowman’s scarf and hat)
2 two-liter soda bottle caps
permanent marker
orange acrylic craft paint
tacky glue
embellishments

Steps:

1. Secure the larger snowball (the body) to the smaller snowball (the head) by pushing a toothpick into the body and placing the head on top. Flip the snowman over and push one of the two-liter soda bottle caps into the bottom of the body to form a firm base.

2. Use the permanent marker to color the other two-liter soda cap. This will be the top of the snowman’s hat. Cut a small circle of felt to form the brim of the snowman’s hat. Glue the soda cap to the brim. Once dry, glue the hat in the desired position on the head of the snowman.

3. Working on the face of the snowman, place and push eyelets or brads into the foam to form the eyes, mouth, cheeks, etc. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

4. Paint the second toothpick orange and allow to dry. Cut the toothpick in half and push into the nose area of the face to form the carrot nose. Tacky glue can be used for extra security.

5. Cut the felt into a long rectangular shape and snip fringe at the ends to make a scarf. You can layer up many shapes and colors of felt to add details. Wrap and glue the scarf around the snowman’s neck. Add buttons and any additional embellishments.

6. Working on the body, glue buttons down the front or push brads into the body for extra details.

Snowman Ornaments

Materials and Tools:

2 completed glittered snowballs, one slightly larger than the other
1 yard of fishing line
bamboo skewer
tape
jingle bell
scrapbooking eyelets & brads (for eyes and details)
3 Small buttons
toothpick
felt scraps
1 Decorative 2- or 4-hole button
orange acrylic craft paint
glue

Steps:

1. Thread and tie the jingle bell at the mid-point of a one-yard length of fishing line. There will be two tails of fishing line of the same length. Tape the two ends of the fishing line to the tip of a bamboo skewer.

2. Push the skewer through the bottom of the larger snowball (the snowman’s body) and out through the top as straight as possible. Skewer the smaller snowball (the snowman’s head) in the same manner. You will have two snowballs threaded onto fishing line anchored at the bottom with a jingle bell. Remove the fishing line from the skewer and tie the line in a knot at the top of the head.

3. Cut a small round hat shape from a piece of felt. Use a toothpick to poke two holes in the felt. Thread one end of the fishing line through one poked hole and repeat for the second piece of line and hole. Tie in a knot to secure. Thread the fishing line through the decorative button and tie in a knot to secure. Tie the fishing line in a knot at to the appropriate hanging length. Trim off excess fishing line.

4. Working on the face of the snowman, place and push eyelets or brads into the foam to form the eyes, mouth, cheeks, etc. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

5. Paint the toothpick orange and allow to dry. Cut the toothpick in half and push into the nose area of the face to form the carrot nose. You can use tacky glue for extra security.

6. Cut the felt into a long rectangular shape and snip fringe at the ends to make a scarf. You can layer up many shapes and colors of felt to add details. Wrap and glue the scarf around the snowman’s neck. Add buttons and any additional embellishments.

7. Working on the body, glue buttons down the front or push brads into the body for extra details.

Easy Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Couches covered with cut-rate curtain panels, pillows jazzed up with 50-cent cloth napkins, and shower curtains hung at the window are a few of the easy and ingenious ideas offered by shopping expert Maria Calleia.

Instant Window Treatment

Inexpensive tab-top shower curtains and cheap metal plant hangers come together to brighten a big window. Splashed with gold paint and hung upside down to support curtain rods, the hangers pair prettily with blue-and-white-striped curtains.

Romantic Cottage Theme

For a romantic all-over-the-house cottage theme, mix all kinds of floral fabrics and patterns — the cheaper the better. Extend the mood by searching out bargain-basement antique accessories to which you can add your own flowery touch, as Maria did with hand-painted roses on a bargain urn.

Curtain Cushion Covers and Napkin-Covered Pillows

Cover worn couch cushions with cut-rate curtain panels purchased from an outlet store, and top them with napkin-covered pillows without ever sewing a stitch. Tuck the curtain panels around the cushions, and seam the marked-down pillow covers with hot glue.

Stamped Lamp

Crown a thrift store lamp with an inexpensive rubber-stamped lampshade. Maria stamped a fleur-de-lis pattern on a shade, filled in the pattern with permanent marker, and outlined the design with a gold pen.

How to Make Halloween Lanterns

 

This Halloween, greet trick-or-treaters in style by lining your walkway with picture-frame lanterns filled with vintage-style drawings.

hese spooky lanterns cost very little to make. Black-and-white drawings found on the internet were printed on vellum paper and inserted in secondhand 8 x 10 picture frames. The frames were then fastened together to make a square, and then a candle was placed inside.

Materials and Tools:

scissors
flathead screwdriver
pliers
painter’s tarp
picture frames ( we used 12 frames to make 3 lanterns)
white vellum paper
clear packing tape
black duct tape
black craft paint and paintbrush
black spray paint (matte)
3 votive candles

Gather the Frames

For each lantern, use four picture frames that are all the same size. We were lucky to find a bunch of standard-size frames at a resale shop. Discount stores often carry basic frames that will cost just a dollar or two.

Prep the Frames

Remove the matting and glass from the frame and set aside. Keep the brackets or nails that hold the glass in place.

Paint the Frame

Lay the frames out on a tarp and spray them with black spray paint. Let dry and then turn them over to spray the back and sides.

Find Halloween Drawings

Search the internet for vintage-style black-and-white Halloween drawings. We used bats, skeletons, witches and old medical drawings. Size the images accordingly, then print them out on the white vellum paper.

Attach Picture to Glass

Cut the printouts to fit the frame. Place the front of the picture down upon the glass. Cover the back of the paper with the clear packing tape (this way water will not get on the paper and potentially damage it). Lay the packing tape so it overhangs the glass, then fold it over the glass by about 1/4″.

Place Glass in Frame

Place the glass and print back into the frame and fold the brackets (or nails) back over to hold it all in place.

Lay Out the Frames

Lay the four frames down beside each other with the backs facing up (Image 1). Use black tape to secure the edges of the frames together (Image 2). Leave one at the end unattached for the moment. Stand up the frames and put them into a square, then attach the last piece of tape from the inside (Image 3).

Insert Candle

Place lantern frame over a candle (battery-operated or standard).

 

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