Monday, September 14, 2009

Mod-Podge Season Signs

You may remember a few months ago when I made a sign that said "Summer" to hang on my wall for the summertime. Anyway, summer is over, so it was time to make a new "Fall" sign. I also made "Winter" while I was at it. :) So if you want to make your own cute season sign (or cute letters that say your kid's names for the bedroom or something...) just read how:

First of all, I like to buy a base to put the letters on, since I change it out for each season.
If you were doing this for a child's room where the letters were going to stay for a long time, you could also just put the letters individually on the wall like this:
So first thing's first: You need the letters you plan to use. In this case F-A-L-L.Then choose the patterned paper you want:
I painted my base first thing so it could start drying while I worked on the letters. I just chose black, because I was at the craft store and wanted to get the paint...but didn't know what paper I was going to use at the time. Ideally, you would find your paper choice FIRST so you could match the paint to it (I could've done maroon, or chocolate brown or something if I'd known what color paper I was planning on....) But black worked fine.... I also added a layer of mod-podge once the black paint was dry to give it more of a shiny look to match the mod-podged letters.
To do the letters, my method is to flip the paper and the letter upside-down and trace around the letter as closely as you can. If you have a method that works better for you, by all means, go for it. :)Then cut it out and lay it on top and make sure everything looks right. Trim if necessary. :)
Do this with each letter.Next, you are going to want to paint the sides of your letters.Then lay your patterned paper on top of the letter, and mod-podge away! If you have never mod-podged before, the key is to just keep running your fingers over it so you don't get bubbles.Do this to all of your letters and let them dry...making sure to smooth out any bubbles.
After I had mod-podged them all and they had dried, the next thing I did was take some silvery paint and sponge it around the edges to give it more of a finished look.
Then I hot-glued the letters onto my sign.I followed the same exact method to make my "Winter" sign.
The only difference between my Fall sign and my Winter sign is that I sprayed a layer of glitter on my Winter sign to make it look more shimmery like snow and ice.So go get your letters at your nearest craft store and start mod-podging!!!!

9 comments:

The Harris Family said...

Very cute. I love the paper you used and the silver edge add the perfect touch.

Jared and Delia said...

Really cute. I have done one with just a large letter (the first of our last name) on a square board. I like to hang the monogram board on our front door.

I like how you plan ahead and already have winter done!

Tater Tot Mom said...

That is adorable! I LOVE words and scrapbook paper so it's the best of both worlds!

Melissa said...

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The DIY Show Off said...

Love these! I'm catching up - wow! Thanks for all of the inspiration!!! You've got a lot of fun things posted! I don't know which to try first! haha

Roeshel

The DIY Show Off said...

I'm so glad you added this to the Fall Festival too! It's awesome. Thanks for sharing your creativity! :)

Roeshel

Bird learning to fly... said...

Yes, sooo many cute things! Which one to try first???

It seems you can do so much with this mr Modge Podge. I live in France so I cannot get it here, what exactly IS Modge Podge? I am guessing some kind of glue... :)

Please enlighten me, 'cause I really want to try my hand at doing fab stuff like you

thanks,

Bird

Bird learning to fly... said...

Dani,

Thank you for the visit and the lovely comment!

I shall investigate and see if I can get a "french" version :)

p.s. - I am following you.

Thanks for the tips,
Bird
birdcrafts.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

I have never used mod-podge before, but have been reading a lot about it lately. This craft seems easy enough for the kids to try and I am wondering if you get the same effect with big foam block letters instead of wood.