Over the course of the last several weeks, I was on a planter-building binge! First it was my large DIY farmhouse planter, followed by my DIY Multi-color planter, and lastly my DIY Pet Memorial Planter. But I have now moved on and past my planter-making obsession and started on my next creative binge: wood signs. Yes, now I am on a wood sign building binge! 🙂 My binges seem to end after three builds, first it was three planters, and now I have built three wood signs. One of my DIY wood signs was a DIY Retirement Gift – a personalized wood sign that I created for one of my coworkers who was getting to finally leave the daily grind and enjoy a life of sleeping in, traveling and spending time with her family. For this project, I was short on time and scrap wood, so I purchased the wood backing, usually I build my own. Here is the tutorial for creating this wood sign:
DIY Retirement Gift Materials and Supplies:
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|Large Rustic Slatwood Sign Board||White Fine Point Paint Marker||FolkArt Chalk Paint in Cascade|
|Pointed-Round Paintbrush Set|
DIY Retirement Gift Instructions:
1.Using Microsoft Word (or any other editing software with many fonts), type out each word for the RETIRED wording. Here are the fonts and font sizes I used in my sign:
The first letter for each word (the letters spelling out “RETIRED” as you read down the sign) were created in size 130 Californian FB font, each letter capitalized. The remainder of the letters for each word were in font size 130 in the following fonts:
- Relax: Bradley Hand ITC
- Entertain: Monotype Corsiva
- Travel: Harrington
- Induldge: Pristina
- Read: Gabriola
- Enjoy: Juice ITC
- Dream: Lucida Handwriting
2. Create the lettering for the name on the sign in the same Microsoft Word document:
- Type the first letter of the recipient’s name in Bookman Old Style font in size 180.
- Type the full first name of the recipient in Kunstler Script font in size 150
3. Find some dandelion silhouette pictures online and copy them onto the Word document, expand the pictures to a size that looks correct for your sign (use the ruler setting in Word).
5. Create the image for the year, along with the accents on the side of the year. I used PicMonkey for this portion, typing the year (2018 in this case) in the Overlock font, and then adding a doodly accent overlay on each side of the year. I then saved that as a picture and copied into the Microsoft Word document, and then expanded the image so the numbers for the year were almost one inch in height.
6. Print out the document with all the created text.
7. Cut out each word or image and place on the board in the location the word should be painted on, use tape to hold the papers in place.
8. Using a pen or sharp pencil, trace over the words or images on the paper, pressing hard enough that indentations are left in the wood.
9. Use the Sharpie Fine Point white paint pen to fill in the lettering, along with one of the fine point paint brushes with the Cascade color chalk paint.
10. Continue tracing and painting until all the indentations for words and images have been painted, and let the paint dry completely.
11. Now, smile as you provide your friend or coworker with their newly made DIY retirement gift as you try not to be too jealous that they now get to sleep in every day! 🙂
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