Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wooden Plank Wall Quotes

While I was picking up some supplies for another project I was currently working on at my local trusty Lowes, I found some amazing Pine planks on sale for just a buck!  Now when anything is just a buck, I simply cannot resist.  Being my crafty self I knew I could turn them into something sweet, and this is what I came up with:

I love wall quotes, but I am not so sure about the ones you just rub onto your wall.  I need something with a little more substance.  I used supplies that I already had so this project didn't cost me anything extra other than the wood, so that means only A DOLLAR, awesome I know.  And its easy as pie...even though pie isn't that easy to make :/
What you'll need:
1 wooden plank - your choice of type and size
3 to 4 paint colors - your choice
scrap matboard or thin cardboard
Mod Podge
Hot Glue
Paintbrushes, large and small

First you are going to need to choose what you want your wall quote to say.  I chose a quote from The Beatles, "All you need is love, love is all you need".  Paint your wooden plank your first paint color.  This is going to be the color that 'peeks' through the top paint color.  Allow the paint to completely dry, you don't want it to mix with your top paint color.
While my paint was drying I chose which word I wanted to stand out, Love of course!  I drew each letter (you can stencil if you like) and then cut them out of scrap cardboard aka an empty Budlight 12 pack box.  I then mod podged each letter to my fabric, and cut around each letter leaving about a half inch of space.  Next I mod podged the fabric edges to the back of each letter and then set out to dry. When that dries (takes about 5-10 minutes) flip your letters over and do a thin layer of mod podge the front.
While my letters were drying I went back to my plank and painted the second color over the first, but this time very lightly.  You dont want the second color to be too thick, leave some of the bottom color showing through. 
I decided to use a third color to make it look even more aged, the blue was too bright for me.  I took a thinned brown paint with a little gold mixed in and did an even thinner coat, but you can choose to only use two.  Allow your paint to dry.  (Don't mind the junk, I live in a very small student apartment...They don't leave much room for crafting!)
After you have your plank looking the way you want it take your dried mod podged letters and place them whichever way you please.  From there you can tell where the rest of your quote needs to be spaced.  I decided to just paint on the rest in my own handwriting but you could use stencils if you like.  I then hot glued my letters on to the planks.  Finito!  
I attached some frame hooks on to the back for easy hanging, whatever works for you.  I plan to hang them over our headboard as soon as we have our new (BIGGER) apartment this May.  Pretty cool for only a buck if I do say so myself!
What do you think?? If you try this, please link it back to me, I would love to see it!
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  1. Love this IDEA!! I totally needed some new decoration ideas for my room and this is perfect!! I going to try it as soon as I find some wooden boards and I will be sure to get back to you!

  2. These are so cute, thanks for sharing

  3. Those turned out fabulous. What a cute idea. I'm your newest follower. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party.
    More The Merrier Monday.

  4. GREAT IDEA! really love this project! visiting from HOH!

  5. I plan on doing something similar in our kitchen. Great minds DIY alike! lol These look awesome! Great job! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade! ;)

    Have a wonderful week!


  6. I am so glad I found your blog and I am a new follower. Your wood sign is GREAT! I love it and I am going to give it a try. And if that is your handwritting, then dang girl you have great handwritting skills.


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