Who else loves planked wooden signs? This sign was a customer request, and I thought I would share the steps to create it with you all.
Ryobi Nail Gun
Paper Transfer Tape
400 grit sandpaper
I started with 3 pine boards and painted the front and backs of each with red chalk paint. Once dried, I applied wood glue to the long edges of the boards and placed them together. Then, applied glue to the thin wood strips and placed them on the back of the boards. Using my Ryobi Nail gun with brad nails, I nailed the thin wood strips into the back of the boards.
While the wood glue was drying, I cut my stencil out of Oramask 813 using our Titan 2 24″ cutter. If you are making a smaller sign, you can cut your stencil using your Cricut or Silhouette machine. Once cut, I used an exacto knife to weed my design. Weeding is the process of removing the unwanted parts from your stencil. I also sanded the red boards with 400 grit sandpaper to smooth out the wood grain.
Once completely weeded, I applied paper transfer tape to the top of the stencil. Trimmed off the excess transfer tape and squeegeed the front and back of the stencil to ensure the transfer tape was adhered well.
The next step was to carefully remove the backing from the stencil keeping the blue stencil intact with the transfer tape and place the stencil on top of the planked boards. Once adhered, carefully pull the transfer tape off of the top of the stencil.
Now for the painting fun. Using a handy dandy makeup sponge, I lightly dabbed white chalk paint covering the weeded portions of the stencil. Be sure to use light coats to help prevent paint bleeding. Remember, you can always add more coats of paint. As soon as I was satisfied with the coverage, I pulled the stencil off of the boards while the white paint was still wet.
I’m very happy with the finished product and our customer squeeled with excitement when she picked it up. Here is the sign hanging up in her house.