Spring time sign

I was inspired by a fellow blogger. Over at Tatertotsandjello.com there are a ton of great ideas for almost anything you can think of. I am such fan of her site. Check it out for sure!

My “pin” on Pinterest was my initial starting point. Filed in my “To Try” area, check out the link on the Tatertots blog here. Here is my INSPIRATION pin: I LOVED THIS!! I thought it was such a great idea… super creative and so FUN! Plus, look at those amazing colors. This was right up my alley! Subway style art + bright colors + SPRING! Fabulous!! Yipee!

So, it’s just shy of Easter and I have decided that I too can make a cute sign like this. Here was my take on the project… These were in the scrap pile. I was disappointed that I didn’t have something longer, like the inperation piece. I really loved the looooong subway style sign effect that the inspiration piece had. However, I was motivated (in the moment) and I needed to move. If I took a chance and made the trip to the lumber yard I may have lost interest or dreamed up another project or… well you can imagine. I have a short attention span!

Therefore, I needed to find paint too, NO TRIPS TO THE HARDWARE STORE! Stay focused!!

SCORE! This light blue paint will be perfect for my base coast!

I love using left overs.

And I have a helper!

This was a great project to include my boys on.  Painting can be so fun!

I applied scrapbook letters to the base coat after it was dry (of course).

I used my pencil to mark the areas where I thought the lettering would look best. I also was trying to keep in mind that I wanted a cute flag-ish banner on my sign too. SO I was intentionally trying to leave space for the banner.

I found quite the assortment of acrylic paint in my craft box (note: I said craft BOX, not craft room… ).

Luckily I had some nice spring time colors that I thought would be perfect for this project.

After all my letters were applied and pressed down firmly, I squirted on the acrylic paint. As you can see from the picture above, I had no ryme or reason to the coloring, it eventually became all the colors lightly mixed together, and I LOVED IT!

I waited for about an hour. Acrylic paint dries pretty fast. I didn’t want the letters to be too hard to get off but the paint was really dry and only after one short hour i found many of the letters hard to get off. Exacto knife to the rescue! It worked like a charm.

I seem to have a lot of scrapbook paper. I find myself collecting paper! I always have good intentions of making a cute scrapbook or something fun like cards but then, inevitably, I get side tracked. SO, I have plenty of paper! The inspiration piece used fabric. I thought it would be easier, for me, to use thick scrapbooking paper.

Almost done and it is looking amazing! I have quite a few spools of ribbon in my “craft box”. The hard part here was ‘which one do I like best’?

I went with the plain, light blue in the top left. But I really liked them all so I think any thin ribbon would have worked.

I loosely lined everything up, then when I was happy with the way it looked I HOT GLUED.

AND HERE IT IS ON MY MANTEL, READY FOR SPRING!! I TOTALLY LOVE IT, even if it’s shorter than I wanted, I completely love the way it turned out! Ta-Da!!