As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been on a sign-making binge recently. The first sign I shared was this personalized DIY Retirement Sign that I made as a gift for a coworker who was retiring. At the same time that coworker was retiring, another coworker was moving on to another job, so I made her a DIY Going Away Gift, a personalized wooden sign and picture display.
This was a quick and easy, yet meaningful project to make and my coworker loved it!
DIY Going Away Gift Materials & Supplies:
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|Large Rustic Slatwood Sign Board (if you are unable to build a wood sign board, you can purchase one instead of using tools below)||White Fine Point Paint Marker||FolkArt Chalk Paint: Grotto|
|Pointed-Round Paintbrush Set||Circular Saw (or Miter saw if you have one)||Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig|
|1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws||Drill/Driver||Wood Stain, Dark Walnut|
|Wood Glue||Glue Gun with Glue Sticks||Small Bulldog Clips|
DIY Going Away Gift Wood List:
DIY Going Away Gift Wood Cut List:
DIY Going Away Gift Instructions:
1.Cut a 1×4 board into five 12″ boards.
2. Drill two 3/4″ pocket holes into one long side of four of the five 12″ boards.
3. Using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, attach the 12″ boards together to form the wood sign backing.
4. Stain the wood with Dark Walnut stain, and let dry completely.
5. While the sign backing is drying, create the design for the sign. I used Picmonkey (they have a free and paid online photo editing website) to create the design for my sign:
a. For the first letter of her name, in the background, I used Ferrum font size 640.
b. For the full first name, I used Bilbo Swash Caps font size 444 and placed it over the first letter in the background..
c. I then saved the picture onto my computer and printed it (if you need the image larger than it is currently printing, you can copy the image into Microsoft Word and expand it so it is a larger size and then print it).
d. For the leaf wreath design, I added in a wreath overlay.
e. I then added in the words “You: Inspire – Motivate – Encourage – Achieve – Accept – Engage” inside the wreath in Bilbo Swash Caps font in size 376 font (you can expand the wreath until all the wording fits inside the wreath)
f. Save the image to your computer and print (if you need the image larger than it is currently printing, you can copy the image into Microsoft Word and expand it so it is almost as large as the 8 1/2″ x 11″ page in landscape and then print it)
6. Once the sign backing has completely dried, I taped the printed artwork onto the sign in the locations I wanted each design, and then traced over the printed designs with a pen, pressing hard enough to leave indentations in the wood backing.
7. Once all designs had been traced on, I began painting the traced designs:
a. I used a small paintbrush to paint the first letter of the name in the Folk Art Chalk paint in Grotto color.
b. I then used the same paint brush and chalk paint to fill in the wreath design.
c. Once the Grotto-colored paint had dried, I used a Sharpie Fine White Oil Paint pen to fill in the first name and the wording inside the wreath.
8. Use a hot glue gun to attach a small bulldog clip underneath the wreath design, centered on the sign.
9. Add a group picture and present to your leaving coworker as a keepsake gift they can then hang in their new workspace!
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