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?