Last October I made a really simple Boo sign that I ended up loving so much I planned to make a Joy sign for Christmas. But then I got to be ten months pregnant and was too tired to follow through. Instead of waiting an entire year to use up my supplies for a Joy sign, I decided that a Love sign was in order for Valentine’s.
The best part of this craft is that it can be done in 10 minutes here and there if you’re in the habit of stealing away time like I am. Or it can easily be completed in a portion of an afternoon.
Easy DIY Valentine’s Sign
- Wood Plaque (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $3 but any craft store sells them)
- Letters to spell your word (also Hobby Lobby)
- 12×12 square of scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge (I like matte–use outdoor if you’d like to hang your sign outside)
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes (I use foam for most of the project but also a small brush for fine detailing)
- Glue to affix the letters (I use E6000 but hot glue will work)
1. Paint around the edges of the sign. Because the center is going to be covered with scrapbook paper, there is no need to paint the entire surface–just enough to cover any lapses in the scrapbook paper and sign. Not shown below, but paint your letters while you are waiting for the edges of the sign to dry. Note: It’s hard to tell from the completed picture, but I lightly painted the edges of each letter with red highlight by running the sides of a tiny stiff paintbrush around the edges. I like the antique look it gives the letters as well as makes the white stand out.
2. Trace the plaque onto the back of the scrapbook paper. Cut the scrapbook paper to fit. Sometimes it helps me to press creases into the scrapbook paper to get a good fit. Alternatively, you could use a razor to cut the paper without tracing first.
3. Cover the entire surface of the sign with Mod Podge and attach the scrapbook paper. Press out any bubbles. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the scrapbook paper to give the paper a nice even sheen.
4. Glue the letters onto your sign and marvel at how damn easy this craft was (my four year old helped me make the Boo sign). Add a ribbon to hang or a picture hanger (I like command strips) to stick to your wall. Enjoy!
And so easy to customize this craft for different holidays and events. If you chose a word for the year, this would be a great decorative reminder of your word! Elle even got her own little sign with the letters of her name (though don’t ask to hear the story of what happened when we all sat down to paint and her sister painted all of her letters for her…).
See–wasn’t that easy?