Got a great project for you today. It’s easy to personalize and is a great piece to add to your house decor. Ryan and I made it for my parents as a Christmas gift and they loved it. Bright colors and rustic wood, can’t go wrong with that!
The first thing you need is to figure out what you want your sign to say. The most important part is to use phrases that are personal to you. In this case, the sayings in order are (English/Spanish):
- In this house: we love each other / En esta casa: nos damos cariño
- laugh about everything / nos reimos de todo
- migle with friends / compartimos entre amigos
- are loud and dance / alborotamos y bailamos
- enjoy the little things / gozamos de lo lindo
For the support, you’ll need two pieces of 1×4 boards cut to 29.5 inches long. Ryan got a little fancy and trimmed some notches out to give the boards a little more dimensional interest. If you want to do these, he notches and inch off each board with the following measurements: from 0-3”, 6.5-18” and 21.5-29.5”. You’ll also need a horizontal board cut to 14.5”.
The horizontal boards where the house rules are painted on were cut to 18” (3), 20” (1) and 16” (1).
Next, choose a color scheme. “Bright and happy” called for purple, yellow, green, orange and turquoise.
Keeping with the rustic look, the boards were painted with a single coat of acrylic. The lighter the better so the grain of the wood shines through. If necessary, colors can be diluted with water to make them more transparent.
Once you have your phrases chosen, you’ll want to make stencils of them. This is pretty easy to do with any word formatting software. Choose fun fonts! Print and cut the stencils to the dimensions of the boards.
Align each stencil and “etch” over it with a ball point pen or ball stylus tool.
This will create a slight impression on the wood, making it easy to trace with a fine brush and acrylic paint.
Etch and paint all the boards and let dry completely. In addition, I added some designs on each board for extra interest.
To assemble, screw in the horizontal brace with four screws, two on each side.
This actually creates a shelf for decoration, such as a small house plant.
The front boards were screwed in with brass screws. These have a patina on them so they’ll eventually look rusty.
On the back, we placed a D-ring hanger on each of the brace boards for hanging.
Once it’s all screwed together, it should be ready to go to display in a favorite room.
Hope you feel inspired to make your own! It’s was a really fun project to make and I’ll probably make one for myself.
You can even include some inside jokes on it!