It’s time!!! Today I get to share my DIY “i adore you” sign! I’ve teamed up with over 40 other bloggers for a fun Handmade Valentine Blog Hop, so make sure to read all the way through to the end of this post to see all of the other amazing projects!!
I wanted to create something Valentine-y-ish (that’s a word right?) that I could leave up beyond Valentine’s Day. So, I decided to create a more neutral modern meets farmhouse piece for our home.
This sign is EASY guys. Realy easy, and cute, and cheap!! My favorite combo.
Here’s what you’ll need: (Affiliate links povided)
- 1 pre-sanded plywood board 12″x16″
- 1 furring strip 1″x2″
- Brad nailer
- Circut Expression
- Kreg jig
- Miter saw
- Vinyl (optional*)
- Transfer paper (optional*)
- Wood glue
- 4 – 1″ wood screws
*If you plan to hand paint your letters you do not need vinyl or transfer paper, and you can go ahead and skip steps 3 & 5.
Cut your furring strip using your miter saw into the following pieces. Cut all but the last 2 pieces at 45° angles. Make sure to cut the board vertically instead of flat as seen in the following picture.
2 – 12″
2 – 16″
2 – 12″ NO angles
- Add one pocket hole to each end of these pieces with your Kreg Jig.
Go ahead and piece your sign together without nails or glue and make any necessary adjustments.
Stain your frame boards. Let dry. I used Minwax Early American.
Paint your sign board with your base paint color. I chose to try Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze. I had some left over from a light fixture makeover that I did over the summer and I LOVE how this turned out on the plywood. It left this beautiful shimmer, and wasn’t jet black. I couldn’t have imagined how much I would love this finish for my sign lettering. Make sure to let this base color dry completely.
Glue your frame together using wood glue. If you have clamps, this would be a great time to use them. They will help keep the frame tight and in place while the dry glues. I don’t have clamps, so I had to get creative, and decided to use masking tape to help hold things together and it worked great!
Cut your vinyl stencil.
I used my Cricut Expression and Craft Room to design the stencil I used for this project. (If you would like to know how to do this, please leave me a note in comments and I will put together a live video of me doing this from start to finish!) I used Kate’s ABC’s and Calligraphy-Matrimony fonts. Transfer words to your board using transfer paper.
Paint 2 layers of your contrasting top board color. Let first layer dry completely before applying second layer. I used Folkart’s Vintage White.
Once paint is dry, go ahead and peel your letters off. Then give your entire board a little sanding ‘sesh’. I love how that subtle sparkly Rustoleum finish pulls through. Love love love it!
Glue your back boards onto the back of your sign using wood glue. Let dry.
Assemble your sign. Put 2 nails in each top and bottom corners of your frame using your brad nailer. Screw your back boards into the sides of your frame using your Kreg Jig and a small amount of wood glue.
Spray your finished piece with a satin poly finish and admire your new modern/farmhouse “i adore you” sign!
I love this reminder to everyone who enters our home, or takes the time to read through this tutorial that I adore you, because it’s true!!
I decided to display this piece within another frame that I refinished last year. I also used twine to hang to vases for my fresh tulips and added a little cream muslin and ivory lace trim to the rims. The vases I purchased at a local thrift store for $1 each!
I hope you enjoyed this project! I’d love to see your re-makes, so please tag us on social media @shebuilder & @tinselandwheat!
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I adore you!
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