Who doesn’t love hanging out on the porch with friends, family and a cold drink? I know I love sitting outdoors when the weather permits visiting with neighbors. Recently my neighbor’s niece asked me to make her a porch sign. Her son saw one on Pinterest and she loved it. I think it originated from a former Etsy shop. I’m going to show you how I made this sign for her. I use my Silhouette Portrait to make stencils for signs several days a week. I’ve developed my own way of doing this, and if you ever do your own stencils, I think you can benefit from my tips.
On with the tute!
While I was painting my IKEA Billy bookcase, I painted this piece of 24x24” scrap bead board with French Vanilla chalk type paint from Heirloom Traditions.
This is my stencil I cut on my Silhouette machine. Here’s my #1 tip for using a vinyl stencil made out of contact paper. Turn each section over and gently peel off the backing paper, leaving all of your oodles and boodles in place. (middle of a’s, e’s and o’s) I literally pull off the backing paper, and leave the entire stencil in tact. (one section at a time if it’s a large stencil)
You can see that I have weeded the letters out of the word porch.
I make wedding signs all the time, and I use these Martha Stewart Pouncers for all of my stenciling. I generally dip the pouncer into my paint jar, but I used craft paint, and squirted it onto a scrap piece of the contact paper backing.
After using the pouncer to paint the word PORCH blue, I then weeded out the rest of the words.
I used brown paint to pounce paint on all of the other words. Because I used bead board, I did have to fill in some of the “blanks” with a small artist’s brush.
I wanted to give the sign a more finished look, but it got H.O.T. I headed to the basement shop about a week later to finish off the sign.
I used some Gorilla Wood Glue and my nail gun to attach small pieces of 1x’s to frame out the BACK of the sign. I mitered the corners to give it a better look.
You can see that I have also added some very thin scraps to frame out the sign. I used more wood glue and the nail gun to attach these. Because the bead board is thin, I had to use the larger 1x’s in order to have something to secure the thin frame to.
The thin boards are flush with the 1x’s on the back, but they extend past the bead board on the front to form a more finished looking frame.
I hope it makes a little more sense now that you can see it finished. You can see that I didn’t have room on the front side to do a regular frame.
The neighbor’s niece loved her new sign! I wish I had a porch to sit and chat. I do have a patio, but it just doesn’t seem the same.
If you use vinyl (contact paper stencils) have you ever tried transferring the entire stencil (without weeding) by just pulling it up and NOT using transfer paper? After you get the hang of it, you will love it! It saves time, and effort for sure!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.