Decorating with natural wood elements can really add farmhouse style to your home. Check out how I made a personalized nursery wood slice name sign to give my nursery a bit of farmhouse character.
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It’s time for another Create With Me Challenge! Last month, you voted for us to make a project using natural wood, which is speaking my DIY language!
Since I found out baby #3 was a girl, I knew I wanted to make her a farmhouse style nursery. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing alllll the details very soon.
Natural wood is an essential part of farmhouse style decor, so I knew I could make something for her room with a cheap wood slice I picked up from Michaels.
After failing at a couple different ideas (note: you cannot do iron-on transfers to wood slices), I decided to stick with simple, neutral colors and her beautiful name: Evelyn Rose (more on that in another post).
I started by painting the wood slice in Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Linen.
Next, I used one of those brushes with thick bristles (aka not a really expensive brush) so that the paint lines would show through. I also left some of the edges exposed.
Next, I tried to do the iron-on transfer of some pretty watercolor flowers and boy did that fail.
While I tried to figure out how I was going to salvage the ruined portion of the wood slice (because I had already ruined the OTHER side of the wood slice), I decided to add some pretty cursive for her name.
I love the dramatic swashes before and after words. I Think I mentioned before that I’m a font junkie. Tell me I can download a free font and you bet I’m going to do it. Especially if it comes with pretty doodles. I designed her name on Picmonkey.com (SO easy) and printed it out.
Using the same method I’ve used to transfer words to any material before, I transferred the printed out name onto the wood slice. Basically, color the back of the paper with pencil, tape that side onto the wood slice, then trace overtop with a pen or pencil. It magically transfers the the perfect font onto the wood slice. No free-handing required!
(See the gross watercolor transfer in the corner. It turned out so yellow ewwww!!!!)
With the pencil tracing on the wood slice, I was easily able to color along the lines with a regular black sharpie. I really wanted to use a gray chalk pen, but didn’t have one (the horror!!!).
Because the black sharpie was a little too harsh (I prefer a more muted tone), I applied some white wax over the surface. Then, I quickly wiped off any excess with a paper towel. A quick wipe with some antiquing wax added a vintage look that I absolutely love!
With the name complete, I had to do something with the yellow disaster in the corner. I ventured to my faux floral stash and found the perfect peach blossoms from last spring. They were a white/beige/cream color. With my handy glue gun, I strategically placed the flowers over the gross yellow.
I think I actually like it better with a bit of dimension that the flowers add.
And that was it! If I didn’t try two other designs first, this really would have only taken me 15 minutes (not including drying time for the paint/waxes). Plus, it only cost me a few dollars for the wood slice!
Ahh doesn’t it look so vintage and cute?! It’s perfect for my sweet little girl’s room. I can’t decide if I want to hang it on her door or put it on some shelves I’m planning to make over her new dresser (oh that’s also a makeover!).
The combination of antique and white wax really transforms the whole sign.
So, what do you think?
What should we use for our next challenge? Vote on these Valentine’s Day – themed supplies below!!
Images via Amazon.com, Joann.com, and Freeimages.com
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Wishing you a joyful day, friends!