*This post is sponsored by Home Depot. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own*
Last week I announced that I had partnered with The Home Depot on their DIH Workshop for a reversible holiday sign, and today I get to show you what I made! I love these workshops because it’s a great opportunity for you to take the ideas you see on my blog and go into your local Home Depot and get the project done- they provide all the tools and supplies, so if you aren’t sure how to use the tools, but would like to learn, this is the perfect project for you! (Don’t forget you need to register for the DIH Workshop if you want to attend- and space is limited, so make sure you do it quick.) Here is how my reversible holiday sign turned out.
I followed the Home Depot’s instructions for their holiday sign, which you can download here: THD_DIH-Seasonal-Character-Door-Hanger_.pdf. But instead of painting on a snowman or scarecrow, I decided to do a cute sign with arrows instead.
On one side, I did a festive fall Pumpkin Patch sign.
And on the other side of my holiday sign, I did a Christmas Tree Farm sign. Complete with Vintage Truck, of course!
I absolutely LOVE the way this reversible holiday signs turned out! Home Depot’s original instructions were for a door hanger, but since I have so many things I already hang on my door, I thought it would be fun to make it into a sign. Of course you can add some hooks and rope, and it quickly turns into a hanging sign. Either way is definitely adorable.
Like I said, you can download the full plans for instructions here: ( THD_DIH-Seasonal-Character-Door-Hanger_.pdf). But I’ll give you a quick rundown of how I made this holiday sign too.
- 1 – 1’x6’x8′ Tongue and Groove Pine Stock Board
- 1 – 1’x4’x8′ Common or Pine Board
- Brad Nailer and 1″ brad nails
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint
- Sand paper (medium and fine grit)
Start by cutting your wood. You’ll use pine 1×4’s for the arrow part. The 28″ pieces used for the base of the sign will be tongue and groove pine 1×6’s.
Connect your tongue and groove pieces, using wood glue at the joints. Then place your arrow pieces on the top and bottom, with the small 1×4 pieces in between the arrows on the sides. Use wood glue at all of the joints, and a brad nailer to attach the arrow to the tongue and groove pieces, and also to the arrow piece sandwiched between.
Sand all of the boards so they’re smooth and uniform. Then start painting your sign. I painted my base boards white (with DecoArt’s Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in “everlasting”) and stained the wood arrow (Rustoleum’s American Walnut stain). Staining and painting is a good idea to do BEFORE you attach all of your boards).
Now it’s time to cutesy this thing up! You can paint whatever you’d like- the Home Depot’s version is a Christmas character (Snowman or Santa) on one side, with a Fall character (Scarecrow or Witch) on the other side. For my version, I decided to stencil on some words. You can download all of my stencils here –> ([Download not found]).
I had to piece my pages together to get the size I wanted. Those are included in my download above. It should look like this:
Now you’re ready to stencil. Please don’t be discouraged if you think you aren’t artistic. If you can paint in between the lines, you’ll do great at this project. Here’s how I stenciled my letters:
- Use dark chalk, a pencil, or charcoal and color the entire back of your sheet of paper.
- Tape the paper in place and trace over the letters. Make sure you’re pressing pretty hard.
- Make sure everything transferred to your wood ok. If it didn’t, you might need to go over it again. Then remove your paper.
- Paint along your lines.
For the bigger letters, I just used a wider paintbrush. And for the truck and pumpkin, I only outlined the outside, then painted inside my tracing.
Once everything is painted and dry, lightly sand over the top to distress (this is optional). If your sign is going to be outdoors, spray the top with a clear protective coat of spray paint.
If you are hanging your sign, attach i-hooks to the top of your sign and use rope to hang. If you aren’t, then you are done!
I loved this idea from the Home Depot! Some of my favorite blogger friends have also done this project and put their own spin on it. So please make sure to check out their projects for inspiration. And, don’t forget to sign up for The Home Depot’s DIH workshop, which will be on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30-8:00.
You can PIN the image above and save it on your pinterest board.
Download the full instructions here: THD_DIH-Seasonal-Character-Door-Hanger_.pdf
Download my stencil sheets here: Reversible-Holiday-Sign.zip