Thursday, June 5, 2014

USA Patriotic Sign

I wanted to add some more Fourth of July Decor to our Front Porch…

I decided on a Navy Blue USA Sign and I LOVE how it turned out!


  
I used some 1/4 smooth finish plywood.  
I cut the plywood =   12 in. wide by 48 in. long

I bought some 9 1/2 in. wood letters from Hobby Lobby
I bought some Fourth of July Foam stars from Hobby Lobby


This is how I made it...
*Once my long board was cut, I painted only the ends white coming in from the ends roughly 3 1/2 in. 



Next I took these foam stars and figured out where I wanted them placed.  I used a larger star for the middle and smaller ones on the outsides.  



***NOTE…   I would recommend using the white stars.  I did not on some of mine and the foam will tear when you peel them off and then you have red and blue foam that you will have to sand off.  The white works the best.  If they do peel at least white is stuck to the board.    OR if you can find Large Foil stars they would work just as well!!!


Once you figure out where you want your stars, stick them on the white.  



Next paint your entire board Navy Blue leaving the stars stuck to the board.   Once my blue paint was dry, I kept the foam stars on the board and ran a coat of minwax stain Dark walnut over the blue to give it a darker look.  


Once the stain was dry, I peeled off the stars to reveal White!




Some of the stars will bleed through, so I used some white and navy blue paint to touch up the stars.

I next painted the letters White and figured out placement of them on the board.


I next framed my board.  If you would like to see how I framed this board, you can see that HERE in this tutorial of how I framed my NOEL sign.


Once my board was framed, I nailed the letters to the board.


***My Board was too thin to just nail the letters to it, so I 
 I nailed a strip of wood about 4 inches wide and the length of the board onto the BACK of the board where I knew the letters and brad nails would be coming through at. 

 I then used 5/8 in. brads and nailed the letters to the board so it would have something to attach them to.  



Project Complete!   

If you want to see how to make this Metal Framed Arrow sign that accompanies this USA sign, you can see that HERE or by clicking on the photo below…





With Much Love & Gratitude,












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