Monday, November 26, 2018

How To Make an Oversized Wall Sign: A DIY Christmas Trees Sign

It is officially the Christmas Season!

I love the prep of the season and it just goes too fast every year.  I am not loving the decorating madness I am knee deep in though.  I have taken a different approach and just selected what I want to put out now, and I am packing up the rest.  (Kind-of a "shopping at home" type of decorating!)

I have a huge problem with making new decorations every year and not donating old stuff, anyone else do this?  

Last year I fell in love with  all of Harper Grayce's signs.  

Here is one of their amazing rustic wood creations displayed by Jessica at I Dream of Homemaking

Gorgeous right??
But, this mom of 5 has a lot of other things to buy at Christmas and that sign is just out of my only-displayed-for-only-6-weeks budget.  

I did a little digging, and as it turns out, the actual design is copyrighted by Mountain Modern Life and is available to purchase for only a few dollars!  After purchasing the file, you have several images and sizes to choose from.  It was hard to decide but I went with the classic black, white, and green.  

  I decided to print the image at Staples as an engineer print and mount it onto plywood with a frame.
The entire thing cost less than $15.00 and took less than an hour to assemble.  I promise anyone can do this!

Here's what you'll need:

Downloaded image file
plywood or luan in the size you want. 
(Mine is 36 X 24 and I cut it at home.)
1 X 1 pine for the frame
finishing nails or Brad nailer
spray adhesive
stain of choice
optional: Liquid Nails

Don't let Staples scare you, the color engineer prints say that they are not photo quality, but for a project like this they are fine.

I used Loctite spray adhesive to secure it to the plywood.  Go easy on the spray, mine was thick in some spots and it does go through the paper.  I am okay with it because it is a "rustic" image, but if it wasn't this would be an issue!  The ink will run if it gets saturated.

Cut, sand, and stain the 1 X 1's.

I used Liquid Nails to secure the frame to the sign, and adhered it right over the paper onto the wood backing, and then brad nailed it in place.

That's it!  Now you have a gorgeous sign without breaking the Christmas budget!  Mine was done for under 15 bucks!!  

Thanks for stopping over!