Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hexagon-Shaped Globe Sign

Hexagons are such a craze right now.  So I thought I would try a little Something…A Hexagon-Shaped Sign with a Globe stenciled on to the wooden slats.  

We have loved this.  Everyone in my family has commented on how much they like it!

A 3-Dimensional sign to accent a shelf with or would also be fun in a kid's bedroom!

This is how I made mine.  
       Back Strips
1. I cut some thin 1/4 in. plywood strips on the table saw in different widths.  Some are 1 1/2 in. wide and some are 1 in. wide.  The longest the lengths of the boards are is 12-13 in. long.  Some are actually pretty short.  ( I painted them to look like a barn wood finish.)   I painted them white first, once it was dry, I sanded them down and applied some Minwax Dark Walnut stain on them.  

2. I next cut some 3/4 in. thick pine that measures 1/ 1/4 in. wide.  I cut 6 pieces of this 6 in. long each.  I next cut each of the ends at 30 degree angles facing inward.  These pieces form the Hexagon.   I did not paint or stain the pine.  I wanted it to have a more natural finish.

3. I used wood glue and glued the pine pieces onto the strips forming a hexagon. (notice some of the strips hang over the edges of the pine, no worries, I cut them off later with a jig saw!

4.  I let the glue stand overnight or for several hours.

5.  This is what it should look like from the back.

6.  I took a brad nailer and using 5/8 in. brads nailed the strips into the pine from the back.

7. & 8.  I took a a jigsaw and trimmed off the over-hanging strips of plywood.

At this point the Hexagon is finished.  You can keep it plain or I created a stencil in Silhouette Studio and painted it.  This stencil has 4 layers to it.  It is a little involved, but turns out fun!

9.  I made my globe stencil roughly 5.5 in. wide by 6.5 in tall and cut it on my Silhouette Cameo using contact paper.  I trimmed down the edges and placed only the outside of the globe.  

10.  I painted it with a Bahama Blue by Americana and let it dry. 

11.  I next took the inside circle of the globe, punched out the continents and then placed the circle on top of the blue globe.

12.  I next painted the continents in with gray by Craftsmart  paint and let it dry.

 In Silhouette studio I downloaded a banner.  This banner I made to fit over the top of the globe.  it is roughly  5.9 in. long by 2.85 in high.  I then typed the word explore and moved the letters around so that they followed the flow of the banner.

I made another banner the same size at the first banner but left it blank. 

I cut both of them on contact paper using my Silhouette.  

Once the globe was dry,  I painted the banner across it.  

13.   I first took the outside of the blank banner or the stencil of it and laid it across the globe to make a solid white banner.

14.  I then painted in that section of the banner with white paint.

15.  I then removed the blank banner stencil.  When that was dry,

16.  I placed the second banner with the letters cut out of it directly over the top of the white banner.  I then stenciled in only the letters with grey paint to spell out "explore"

and the Hexagon globe is complete, Enjoy!

With much Love & Gratitude,

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