June 19, 2018

DIY // Welcome Sign

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You know that feeling your local coffee shop gives you? The sense of what's on the other side is warm, inviting, and comfortable? You know that feeling?

That is the exact experience we strive for when others are invited into our home. So, 2 years ago, I started the tradition of personalizing a welcome sign to recreate that feeling for friends, neighbors and family. 

The Frame
We purchased our chalkboard from Amazon and although our exact frame is sold out. This one and this one are both very similar and also from Amazon. To give it a more polished look, I painted the frame white with two coats. 

The welcome sign needed to be clear, simple, and yet kid friendly as we were having 5 little girls attend. So, a quick step-by-step tutorial on how I created our welcome sign, is below (with pictures!).

Welcome Sign Tutorial

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On your computer, create & organize your desired font. Then print it off. 

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Next, using compressed graphite rub over the entire back of the your print out.

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Place your print out on top of the chalk board so that the graphite side you just rubbed, is facing down and in direct contact with the chalk board. 

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Using a pencil, trace the outside of your letters and or design. Then remove the paper. 

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Now that your designed is transferred onto the chalkboard, go over it again with a chalk marker and fill in where needed. I used two colors for Abby's welcome sign (rose gold & white). 

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To make the ice cream cone 3-D, cut in half a pink pom pom and glue gun it to a triangle card stock shape. (For me, I already had used this method in making her an ice cream garland. I just decided to take off one triangle from her garland. Lastly, use double sided tape to place your ice cream cone onto the chalkboard.

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To complete the look, you can use double sided tape to place confetti around the ice cream cone. I used rose gold and pink blush confetti (again from Amazon) which I also used to sprinkle on the serving table inside.   

I really love ours! And I always have friends and family comment on it when they walk into our home. However what I love the most about it our sign is that it's quickly becoming a tradition!

Plus, summer is great time for paint & projects!!

I hope you have a great rest of your summer day eating ice cream out of one hand  sipping cold coffee in the other.  : )

                                                                    Warmly, Steph

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