Tuesday, December 10, 2013

How to Make a NOEL Sign

I have had some readers ask how I made this Long NOEL sign.  It was so fun to make and I have loved having it on our Porch this Holiday Season!  

This can be made a couple different ways.  

I cut mine out of 1/4 smooth finish plywood with my skill saw and double framed it first with scrap plywood cut at 3/4 in wide to lay flat around the perimeter on the back and then framed on the sides with 1 1/2 in. pine so it can be hung.  
You can also just purchase a 11 1/4 in. pine board that is already the width you want it.  You would just need to cut the length.     For this option, You can frame it the same way I frame my 1/4 in. plywood, BUT you will not need to do the Scrap plywood on the BACK due to the  thickness of the pine board. You can just use the 1 1/2 in wide. pine to do your finish framing on the outside of the board.  The only thing you will have to do is, if you want to hang your sign, you will have to drill a hole or add some kind of hanging device to the back.  

The measurements of my NOEL sign are as follows

for a 11 1/4 in. pine board from Lowes I cut it
11 1/4 in. wide x 54 in. tall.

for the 1/4 in. plywood,  I hand cut it with my skill saw at
11 3/4 in. wide by 54 in. tall

I next painted the board the color I wanted it.  I used Americana paint that I found at Michaels.  For the Green, it is a Hauser Light Green.  For my Red sign I used Americana Crimson red.

For the Stain to distress all colors of the sign, I used Minwax stain in Provincial color.

I then cut my Letters for the Stencils on Contact paper on my Silhouette Cameo.  Each of the letters are roughly 8 1/4 in. tall by 6 in. wide. In the font (Gloucester MT Extra condensed)   You can make them whatever size you would like.  These are roughly the sizes I used.    I placed my letters on the board roughly 2 1/2 to 3 inches in from each side and then spaced each of the letters roughly 5 1/2 in.  apart down the board.  I then painted in my stencil with white paint.

I next framed my boards by first using 3/4 in. scrap plywood on the back that was cut to fit the entire outside of the board. I used my brad nailer and 5/8 in. brads to secure.

I then framed the outside using the 1 1/2 in. wide Pine that I ripped on the table saw and then cut and fit it to the outside.  I secured it with my brad nailer and 1 1/2 in. length brads.   I painted it white and then sanded it down and distressed it using the Minwax stain in Provincial color.  

I sanded down the topside of the board in various places to give it a roughed up look and then ran stain over the entire board to distress it using the Minwax stain in Provincial. 

Project complete!  These add such a fun dimension to a porch or inside a house for the Holiday Season!

If you decide to make a NOEL sign , I hope you enjoy it! I have LOVED mine!

Happy Holidays!

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