Nick and I like to MAKE gifts as often as possible… because it’s cheaper more personal. And well, WE JUST LIKE MAKING STUFF. Geez.
So when we get invited to a wedding, I love to make a little something personal for the bride and groom. (Unless I procrastinate, in which case we stop by Target on the way to your wedding and buy a coffee maker and a gift bag. #keepinitreal)
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We began by rounding off the edges with a router, then painted, sanded and stained to make them look like rugged old ‘barn boards’ (step-by-step tutorial for that process HERE).
You could use 1×4 OR 1×6 pine boards for this. The one pictured above is 1×4’s, but for the tutorial below, you’ll notice the boards are wider… 1×6’s! Just a different look.
Supplies for Bracket-Shaped Barn Board Sign
- 1×6 or 1×4 pine boards
- Leftover latex paint in any color
- White acrylic paint
- Chalk Marker
- Scroll Saw (or a Jigsaw would work too)
- Sealer (optional… only necessary if it will be displayed outside)
- Heavy duty Wall hooks
Now that I have some SWEET ‘old boards’ to work with, I found a bracket design that I liked (just googled around till I found one I liked) and projected the image onto some paper on the wall using my overhead projector. I made sure the projected image wasn’t longer than the length of my boards (27” wide in this case). Then traced with a pencil and cut it out with scissors.
I laid out my paper-bracket-shape onto my boards (making sure it’s centered) and traced AGAIN with a pencil. Then I cut each board separately on my scroll saw. (This is the one I use and it’s A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. But if you’re looking for a more mid-range (read: less expensive) then this one is also great quality and handles well! Whatever you do, don’t buy a scroll saw in the $100-$200 range. You’ll regret it for sure.) It was WAY easier than if I had waited till the boards were all nailed together as one big piece.
It was at this point that I knew this was going to turn out A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I just knew.
Nick slapped on a substrate using 1/4” plywood cut to size and the nail gun (our trusty RYOBI Airstrike). This holds all the boards together securely! Just make sure the brad nails you use aren’t longer than the thickness of your sign! And we used one of these as a wall-hanger thingamajig.
Oh my gosh… this part of the story cracks me up. Do you follow us on Facebook? If so, you may remember voting on which font you like best of these 4 options I whipped up. So I posted this image on Facebook and then went to bed. When I woke up in the morning OVER A THOUSAND PEOPLE HAD COMMENTED! Whaaaaaaaa? I know right?
One thing I know for sure, you guys like to share your opinion. I super-wish there was a way for Facebook to tally and show me a bar graph of the answers. But I feel like I read a good number of them, and sincerely felt like #3 was the winner. I still went back and forth for a day or so… but in the end decided to trust you guys and went with #3… only I changed the ‘est 2013’ to the same font as the ‘the’.
For those of you that are wondering, this font is called Doris Day, and doesn’t have capital letters. I like it enough without it that I went with it!
Printed this sucker out onto a transparency, projected it with my old-school overhead projector, and traced it onto the sign. I used to use a white colored pencil for this, but I’ve since found that a white chalk marker works WAYYYY better and doesn’t get snagged by the woodgrain like a colored pencil does.
There was a period of about 6 minutes where I COULD NOT LOCATE ANY WHITE PAINT. I about had a panic attack… because this is like a beautiful blank-slate-of–a-coloring-book-page. It was calling to me.
But then I found it and went to town. A steady hand is all you need! I did two coats. I use just basic white acrylic paint. If you’re going to display yours outside, be sure to seal it with a good water-based sealer (like this stuff).
Then, Nick suggested that I paint a white border around the outside edge… SUCH a good idea.
I mean… I freaking love this.
If my last name was McFarland and I got married in the year 2013, I would totally keep it. And it would live on my gallery wall. And I would buy Natalie a coffee maker as a wedding gift instead.
I’ve made my share of these Bracket-Shaped Barn Board Signs, and it never gets old! They’re so fun to make! I like to play around with different fonts and designs too. You can EVEN put the boards horizontal or at an angle! The sky is the limit!
Be sure to check out all my other tutorials that involve my signature ‘barn board’ technique!
And here’s a bunch of awesome projects and tutorials I’ve done using my SCROLL SAW!
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