More and more lately bits of my Scandinavian heritage are coming out in my decorating style as I am drawn to it’s simplicity and muted colours. I have been using a lot of soft reds and whites the past couple of years for Christmas and am absolutely in love with how they pair with the natural elements I have throughout my home.
I wanted to share with you how to make these beautiful, Scandinavian inspired DIY Christmas signs this week. These signs are one of the holiday classes I have been teaching this year in Ottawa and since so many of you don’t live close enough to join me in a class, I thought I would post the directions so that you can make one too.
They are so easy that anyone, even if you don’t feel you are a “painter” can make one.
Start with a piece of raw wood approximately two feet long. If you don’t have a way to cut a piece to size, your local building supply store will usually cut wood for you. I used this raw pine but since I wanted it to look darker, I stained it with a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Curio.
To use Milk Paint as a stain, use one part paint mix and 3 parts water. It will be very thin but works perfectly as an all natural stain.I like the look of the wood so much better after the coat of stain.
Next you want to add a backdrop for your words. I love using a pure white paint for this step, it looks like snow ♥ I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement. When you are brushing on the white, the trick to getting that rustic look is to not go right to the edges or fill it all in. You can still see spots of the dark wood peaking through the white as well as around the edges and that makes the sign look worn and old already.
The final step is to add the text. If you are as afraid to write freehand as I am, this method is for you! (or if you are a perfectionist who wants the perfect writing…)
Choose your saying and print it out on a regular printer. Once you have it placed how you would like it, tape it in place and slip a piece of graphite paper under the words (dark side down). Using a pen, trace the outline of each letter.
<<By the way, if you want to make the sign the same as mine, you can find and print off the Merry Christmas on the FREE Printables page>>
Paint over (and fill in) each letter with red paint using a small, thin brush and your are done. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Fort York Red for my sign. I love red and white for Christmas mixed in with all of those beautiful natural Scandinavian accents so this sign is perfect for my holiday decor.
Oh and how lovely is that burlap pillow with the red and white ticking? I found that this past weekend at a sale I was at and instantly fell in love with it. Wait until you see the other side!I hope you will try your hand at this and add a little Scandinavian beauty to your holiday decor. Be sure to share a picture with us on the Recreated Designs Facebook page as I always love to see your work.
If you happen to be in the Ottawa area, and want to take a paint class with me, you can find a list of upcoming classes here… Oh, and how could I resist sharing a pic of my handsome helper? He is always so ready (and willing!) to hop in and help out when I am shooting pictures ♥
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