Start with a 12 x 12 wood sign and some RIT dye in the color of your choice. RIT dye? Yep we are going to use it to stain the wood. Just pour 1/2 a cup of dye and 1 cup of hot water into a bowl. Paint that mixture on your sign using a foam brush. Be sure to wear gloves and protect your surfaces well when working with dye. Wipe off any excess dye after about 2 minutes and you have a perfectly stained board in the color of your choice. Allow the board to dry completely before continuing.
Directions come with your stencil but basically you remove the backing paper and apply to your surface using a squeegee or shopper’s card. Then remove the transfer paper and you can then paint your letters. My letters took 2 – 3 coats each and I left the stencil on until the letters were adequately painted. These stencils leave amazing clear lines with little to no bleed through. I was very impressed with the quality of the paint job I was able to achieve with them. NOTE: the stencil comes in 2 halves so I did the top half and then the bottom half.
When painting the bottom half, I did the question mark in grey and masked it off for the other portions. I then painted the “stand out” in white with three coats and allowed to dry. Then place the painter’s tape over the words as shown below and paint that area in red. Once complete, remove tape and stencil. NOTE: I found these to be one time use only stencils as I was not able to get them off in one piece.
After your project is painted and completely dry, you can then go around the outside of the letters with a paint pen. This really made the entire sign pop. I used a black and white paint pen as shown below.
Once everything has been allowed to dry, use a matte spray sealer over the entire project for protection. Then you are ready to hang in the room of your choice. This would make a wonderful addition to any kids room.
I added the sign to my I Love Books Bathroom and it is just perfect in here. Are you going to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss? Be sure to stay tuned all week as we give you tons of craft projects to complete with your kids to get ready for Read Across America day.
A few of my friends had some Dr. Seuss crafts that did not fit into our “15 Minute Craft” week. So I gathered them up here so you can visit those as well!