Grandparent Sign

Christmas is over.  That statement makes me a little sad, but it also makes me want to punctuate it with an exclamation point.  Christmas is getting harder y’all.  Babies totally change the name of the game.  It was the nugget’s first Christmas and she handled it like a total champ.  Me on the other hand… I was a hot mess.  I was up until 1:30 in the morning the night before we left.  I spent every waking moment of that day baking, wrapping, and finishing homemade gifts.  I dropped the baby off at daycare for the whole day and still barely managed to get everything finished before we left.

We were trying to save a little money this year so I made a lot of the gifts we gave.  I came up with the ideas fairly easily.  After all, the nugget is the first grandchild on both sides of the family.  So anything associated with her was a big hit.  One of gifts I made for my parents was a custom wooden sign.  It was a quick and easy project that had a lot of meaning associated with it.  So let me show you how I did it.

Materials List:

Scrap Wood

Sander or Sandpaper

Wood Stain and Brush

Text Printed on Paper

Carbon Paper

Painter’s Tape


Acrylic Paint and Brush

Finishing Paste

Step-by-Step Instructions:

First, I selected my piece of wood.  I always have a plethora of scrap wood in the corner of my garage.  I wanted something thick that could stand on its own.

Then I sanded it down a little so all the surfaces were smooth.  I selected my wood stain.  For this project I used an English Chestnut color.

I applied the stain to the wood with a sponge brush.  One layer was plenty.

Normally I do one side at a time and flip it after it completely dries.  However, as I stated earlier, I was in a bit of a time crunch.  So I put on some gloves, stained the whole piece, and stood it up on the garage floor on its edge to dry.  It worked out just fine.

While the stain was drying, I printed out the text that I wanted to use for my sign.  I cut out the words and taped them together to form the phrase GRANDKIDS Make Life Grand.

Then I pulled out some carbon paper.  I used the Mead brand.  I believe I got mine from Staples, but they have it on Amazon as well.

I taped my text paper onto the carbon paper making sure not to cover any of the letters.  Then I taped the whole piece onto the wood and positioned it the way I wanted it to read.  Then I took a pen and traced the edges of all the letters firmly.  When I peeled the paper off the wood it left bold black lines where the pen traced over the carbon paper.  Of course, I forgot to include a picture of this step.

Once I had my black carbon lines on the wood, all I had to do was paint the letters using the lines as a guide.  I was really easy.  I started by painting lines right over the carbon lines, then I filled in the blank spaces with more paint.  You could even use a paint pen.

Once the paint was fully dry, I covered the block with a finishing paste.  I followed the instructions on the back of the can.  Rub on, wait 15 minutes, rub in.

That’s it!  Super easy and fun project.  This one was obviously a Christmas gift, but you can used the same method for just about any kind of sign.  Think of the possibilities!

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