November 16, 2013

Thanksgiving Scripture Sign made of not-reclaimed wood

Well, I made my banner for my fall mantle, but it needed something more.  There was a big bare spot that needed to be filled, and I thought a sign with a scripture on it would be perfect.  I wanted to do one of those reclaimed wood signs that look really neat, but decided I didn't want to reclaim any of the remnants we had down in our basement, or go searching for a used pallet to tear apart.  Instead I went to Lowe's and bought a long tongue and groove board which also had an indentation down the middle.  I asked them to cut it into 15 in. pieces for me, and was able to get 6 pieces from the board.  I put three of these pieces together with wood glue to make my sign.  Then I stained it with Walnut stain.  

I looked around the internet to see if anyone had already made what I envisioned in my head - a scripture artfully arranged that I could copy.  I couldn't find any thanksgiving boards with scriptures though, and so I had to try and design one myself.  I am not a great designer.  That's why I was looking for someone to copy.  Ah well.  I chose a scripture taken from the Book of Mormon: "Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name." (Alma 26:8)  

I made a stencil out of vinyl on my silhouette machine.  I cut the words apart and stuck the pieces to the board one at a time to try and accommodate the grooves in the board.  I used a foam brush to dab on the paint to try and prevent too much leakage.  

There are mistakes, but I think it turned out pretty well. I'm happy with it.  And I still have 3 more pieces to make another sign.  Hmmm. . . What shall I do next?


  1. I love it Erin!! You picked the right direction for the wood. ;)

  2. Thanks Aimee! I really debated (as you know) but decided it'd be less obvious if my words were crooked if I went vertical rather than horizontal.



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