Family Name Word Sign

You all are probably SO tired of hearing this, but one of my most favorite things about blogging is all the inspiration I get from you guys!  Seriously!  I started out with the intention of inspiring others, and instead it works the other way around.
Case in point: I saw this fabulous Sentimental Word Art linked up at our party by Karah from The Space Between.  I liked it so much I featured it, and then I just had to make my own version.  It was one of those projects where I had the inspiration, but didn’t know where in the world to actually put it in my house.  Then I remembered that I hadn’t taken down our thumbprint Spring art that was sitting on a table in our dining room yet.  Perfect. 
Bye-bye bunnies, hellooooo word art!
– scrap of wood {mine was from Michaels and cost less than $2}
– acrylic paint and brush
– fine tip paint pen
– printout of your name
– scissors
– painters’ tape
– sandpaper
– fabric scraps
– hot glue gun and gluesticks
– list of family favorites and memories
STEP 1: Paint your wood in desired color.  Let dry.
I let LC do this step!

STEP 2: Print out your name or whatever word you’re using and cut the letters out to make a stencil.  Use painters’ tape to adhere it to your sign.

STEP 3: If you haven’t already, brainstorm a list of things your family enjoys or has in common.  We included favorite vacation spots, foods, and special memories.

STEP 4: Write your memories inside the stencil using your paint pen.  The bigger your wood, the more you’ll be able to write.  I got a lot less on my sign than Karah was able to.

STEP 5: Remove stencil and distress sign using sandpaper…more about that later.

STEP 6: If you like, make a couple of fabric roses and glue in place.

The wood was about $1.60, the paint pen was around $4, and the stand was $3, so I got it all for less than ten bucks.  Not too shabby.
Here it is in its new home!
Now, don’t stop reading yet, I have a few more things to share that you won’t want to miss.
First, here’s what I learned about distressing.
1. I am the worst distresser in the world.
2. Do NOT let LC do your base coat of paint because he’s too good at it.  You will be sanding and sanding until your arm is sore and that paint won’t want to come off.
3. Do NOT sit your DSLR camera next to you while sanding.  You might accidentally knock it off your table with your elbow and then the speedlight will give you an unexplained error message.
Second, has anyone else ever had a conversation like this with the hubs?
Him: “What are you doing?”
Her: “I’m just distressing this.”
Him: “Didn’t you just paint it?”
Her: “yes”
Him: “Then why are you sanding all the paint off?”
Her: “To make it look weathered…you know, distressed”
Him: “Why would you want to do that?”
Her: “Because it’s shabby chic!”
Him: “What?”
Her: “Oh, nevermind.”
Happy crafting!
PS: Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to see the Round 1 Bead Entries for One Crafty Contest!!

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  1. So adorable and personal!

    I just read your conversation with your hubby out loud to mine! Dying laughing!! He totally gets your hubby’s line of thinking!!


  2. That is so cute Amy! My husband doesn’t understand half of the stuff I do when crafting. I can totally relate! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  3. What fun idea!! Love the idea of adding words or things that your family loves. And the convo with the hubby, we have had that same one over and over. Yeah, mine doesn’t ask anymore either. When other people ask him what I’m doing (like my father in law) “Heck if I know” is his standard reply.ha,ha.
    What’s really sad is when your 12 year old son starts asking you the same thing.

  4. Oh my goodness, this is so cute! Such a fun new spin on “family name” art! We were laughing so hard at that conversation you had with your husband about the distressed paint. It’s so true! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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