Make a fun and easy DIY project today that you can customize with any saying you like! Wall art signs are everywhere lately and I happen to love them. But I don’t love the hit they can take on my wallet! I’m going to show you how easy it is to DIY your own for less. And with St Patty’s day coming up, a DIY Irish Blessing Sign is the perfect choice.
DIY Irish Blessing Sign
I’m Melissa from Brown Dog Vintage and I’m so excited to be sharing this project with you on The Crazy Craft Lady. I like nothing more than a budget friendly version of an expensive idea.
Save yourself some cash and make your own Irish blessing sign! You’ll be proud of yourself every time you walk by and see it! I wanted to add some new decor without spending a lot of money and I wanted to use basic supplies and no special tools. Just like my $8 wooden bead garland – that DIY method saved me over $20!
- Wood shims
- Microsoft Word or some other way to create your words – you could use Adobe or Canva too. I chose Microsoft Word because I knew I could flip the text I was printing.
- Paint Pen or Sharpie
- Wood glue or glue gun
How to Make an Irish Blessing Sign
- Prep your Wood: I decided to use wood shims to give my sign some rustic character. Plus, they are super affordable and lightweight. Take two shims and line them up opposite each other (one fat end on one skinny end). Use the glue gun to attach them to each other. Repeat this 7 times.
- Line them up and use a the glue gun to attach them all to each other, then take two extra shims and glue them vertically down the back side for more reinforcement.
- Paint your wood or stain if you prefer. I chose a light coat of white craft paint.
- Create your Words – Open a blank document in Microsoft Word and change the orientation to landscape, choose your font and font size – I used Lucida Handwriting font with a size of 32. From the top menu, choose “insert” and then find “text box” (mine is on the far right side). Choose “draw text box”, draw a text box on your blank sheet covering the whole page and then type whatever words you are using – I also center spaced my words. Right click inside the text box and choose “format shape”, choose the icon that looks like a pentagon and then choose 3D rotation. Change the X rotation to 180 degrees – this will flip your text so you can print it and transfer it.
- Once your paint is dry, you can start transferring your words
- Flip your paper over and using a pencil, scribble all over the words while pressing down firmly on the wood. It may be necessary to cut your paper into strips so you can place it where you want.
- Now you can paint or use a Sharpie to trace over the words. I also traced a shamrock onto the wood for some fun St. Patty’s day vibes
- Distress the entire surface with a sanding block. After I sanded, I used a tiny bit of Restor-A-Finish in Dark Walnut to give my sign an aged look.
- Cut a small length of twine and hot glue it to the back of your sign and you’re done! Now you can either prop it up or hang it.
You can make any sign you want for just a few bucks – much better than store bought prices! And you’ll be proud of yourself for your thrifty DIY!
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