The first Tuesday of the month is the Ready, Set, Craft Challenge where we all share a post with some sort of craft project all using the same material. It’s so cool to see what everyone comes up with!
This month’s material was paper.
I’ll be honest and tell y’all that crafting is generally not my strong suit. People are surprised to hear that since I am an artist, but I’m just not good with three dimensional things! But it was fun to push myself and try something new.
I’ve been obsessed with signs and wall art with different quotes or sayings for a while now, and I have a few framed things around my house. But I have been trying to think of a way to DIY my own signs in an inexpensive way (because all the ones I love are priiiicey!). This paper craft challenge did it for me! So hear ya go…a DIY quote sign!
Materials you’ll need:
-computer and printer
-standard 8.5×11 printer paper
-pieces of wood that are roughly the size of a piece of paper (we had some scraps, but you can go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get a 2×8 board and have them cut it in 10-11 inch pieces for you)
First step was gathering my wood pieces. They have been outside for a while so they are naturally a bit weathered. You could do this too if you like the look!
Then I printed out the signs I wanted to make. You could type up or print anything you’d like! If you like the ones I did, I’ve put the PDF downloads in my etsy shop where you can purchase them (full size previews are at the bottom of this post). You could use them for this project or to print and frame!
Next I got my mod podge and brush out. I like the gloss finish for this project.
You’ll start by coating the wood with the a thin layer of mod podge.
Then lay your paper flat on top, pressing down to eliminate creases, and folding over the edges.
Let it dry, then trim the excess off around the edges. It doesn’t have to be perfect!
Next you’ll take your sandpaper and sand the edges of the paper around all 4 sides. Sand as much as you want for whatever look you’re going for.
Sweep off the dust and then use your paint brush to apply a coat of mod podge on top!
Let it dry. If it’s peeling up anywhere just apply another coat of mod podge.
Then voila! You’re done! Find the perfect place to display your custom art. You could even attach a hanger on the back and hang it on the walls (they sell picture hangers at hardware and craft stores…or you could just hot glue a loop of twine on the back!).
I love how these turned out and that they were so inexpensive to make. I’d love to try this on a bigger piece of wood with an engineer print from Office Depot like I’ve seen on Pinterest.
Let me know if you try it!! Click here for the link to my etsy shop if you’d like to use the ones I’ve already designed. Here’s some previews:
Next month our material is FABRIC! We’ll be linking up again on the first Tuesday of June and would love to have you join in.
Use the link below to check out everyone else’s paper craft, or share your own!