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Attempting Aloha: Feb 3, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

P.S. I Love Your Laughter Sign


I have another love/V-day idea to show you today. This one is a gift I made for my actual sweetheart. :) 

It was inspired by this:

This dreamy wooden art is the masterpiece of Sugar Boo creations and can be purchased at Modern Chic Home for a mere $300!

Or you can do what I did and make one with special meaning for FREE (or minimal costs if you're still in the "collecting" stage of DIY...most of the items will be on-hand for regular diy'ers).

Here's what you need:

Printer (or stencils)
Background paint
Paint for letters
Brackets to attach two pieces of wood together
Wall-mount brackets

I found a piece of wood at our Re-Use Hawaii in the scrap bin for FREE. Suh. Weet.
Mine was 7.5" x 53", so I drew up a plan to see if it would work for the length of my message and then cut it in half with my Skilsaw!

First time using it all by my lonesome, so that was a big step for me:

Then I used our electric sander just 'cause I was already using the power tools. ;)

APPARently I still need some practice with the sander...poor thing! he he

I did one coat of Zinsser water-based primer and then one layer of white.

I'm too cheap to buy stencils, AND I wanted the letters to be a precise size, so I used InDesign to create my sign first and then printed out 7 different pages (to get the full thing to fit onto 8.5x11" papers) and laid it out to make sure it was how I wanted it.

THEN the first tedious part. CUTTING OUT THE STENCILS. Someone stab me with a fork, 'cause I was DONE after doing those dumb things. If you have a friend with a Cricut or a Silhouette, I highly recommend bribing them with treats to save yourself hours of cutting teeny tiny pieces out. Boo to those of you who actual own one.

Then I traced them out with a pencil on to my boards. And THEN the last muy tedious part of painting each of the stinking little letters.  I'm sure there a million easier ways to do this, but by the time I realized the project was taking way too long this way, I was already knee-deep in it.

I attached the two pieces like this (sorry pic is crappy...I was rushing because my husband was on his way home):

 It will eventually be mounted above our headboard, but she seemed pretty content on our dresser as well. :)