I realized that its been almost a year since I have written a blog post. So much has changed in my direction for this blog, and I am so excited that my first post back is a cute little DIY that was inspired by my wishing spring would come faster! I tried my best to use things that most people might already have in their homes (minus the wood round) here are the supplies you will need:
- Basswood Country Round – Size Medium (I got it at Michaels and used a 40% off coupon)
- Paint Brush (I used a #2 round)
- Acrylic Paints (I used white, red, black and green)
- Picture Hanger
- Sign Template
- To start, save and print the Sign Template. This should fit well on most of the medium size rounds and prints out on one page.
- Next turn the page over, and on the back of the printout, scrub your pencil on the area where the design is until it is completely covered (you can hold it up to a window to make sure it is all covered). I used a darker pencil, but if you just have a regular #2 you will have to go over it twice.
- Next, turn your paper over (print side up) and center it on your wood piece, you can cut it out like I did to make sure it’s centered. Once it is centered, you can tape it in place with masking tape. It’s almost impossible to get the paper back in the same place twice, so it’s really important that you make sure your paper isn’t going to move.
- Once your print is secured in place its time to start tracing! Do a small test and peek under your paper to make sure you pencil marks were dark enough to transfer and if so, trace the whole design onto the wood. It is very important that you are slow and precise with your tracing especially if you are a new painter, you will want a nice clean template to work with.
- Now its time to paint! The colors I used were red, white, green, and black. First I did the white lettering, just fill in where you traced, if your paint is thick it might help to mix it with a little water to get a smoother look.
- For flower design, using my light green, I started with the leaves so the flowers would overlap a little. Next I mixed some red and white to make pink, and painted the side flowers, and then I added a little more red and finished with the middle flower.
- To add the black centers, I used the tip of my brush and starting on the outside of the circle, went around and around heading toward the middle with small dots. I left a little moon shape on the upper left of each of the centers to add a little dimension.
And thats it, this little sign took me about an hour to make and I could give it as a gift, or I might just hang it on my door to remind me that spring is just around the corner. I hope you enjoy making one, let me know in the comments if you would like to see more of these types of DIYs. Thank you so much for reading!