Since it’s “Deck Your Halls” week here at Cheap Crafty Mama, I decided I wanted to deck my front porch with a cute Christmas sign. I liked it so much that I ended up making several so I can give them as gifts!
I found some scrap pieces of wood (there is a scrap bin at Home Depot or Lowes that you can dig through if you don’t have your own scrap wood), lightly sanded the edges, and painted a thin coat of spray paint on them. I like to keep the paint light so the grain can show through. I painted some of the boards bright green and some chocolate brown.
Then I painted “Joy to the World” on each of them. I did it by hand but you could also use stencils. If you want to do it by hand it helps if you print it on a computer in the font and size you want to try to copy, then you can lay it on your board for a reference while you paint.
Next I painted some decorations on the boards. On the brown ones I painted holly leaves and berries, and on the green ones I painted polka-dots.
Once that was dry I wanted to do a little more embellishing, so for the brown ones I added a “linen” color of paint on top of the letters and then lightly dry-brushed it all over the board. For the green boards I glued on some buttons.
Then I attached some hooks to the edges and strung a wire across the top. You could also attach the wire with nails or staples.
For a finishing touch, I tied on strips of fabric to decorate the wire (recognize that fabric from my Christmas place-mats?)
You might also like: