Feeling Joyful...a Simple Project...

This time of year, I love working on easy and 
budget-mindful projects for decorating our home...


Remember this big sign I made on an old board, for fall decorating?  Well, the back of the board was painted black and I decided to make it into a sign for Christmas!  I love using both sides of the board for signs I make...you get much more use out of them, and I can just take the signs I have hanging up everyday, and flip them over when I need to.  Saves on storage, too! 


I went over to PicMonkey (affiliate link) where it is so easy to design your own graphic.  For my sign, I chose the RYE font...I like the fun, old fashioned look.  I printed out the graphic as a guide and got to work.  Starting with chalk, I drew a simple large grid, so I would have approximate center points, and top and bottom guidelines for the letters.  Then I sketched the letters...nothing perfect, and with chalk you can easily erase...


Once I had a look I liked, I drew right over it with a Sharpie white paint pen...


Now, you could leave the letters like this, just erase the chalk lines when dry...for a lettered chalkboard look. (These two just had to get in the photo...must have been near dinner time)


I decided to paint my letters with craft paint, for more of a painted sign look...and lightly distressed the letters...




I love the big graphic look of the sign!


Have you been working on any 
special Christmas decorating projects?

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Vintage Charm

Until next time...

14 comments

  1. Linda, I love the sign! JOY is one of my favorite words! You have talent and patience to get that sign made. I'm just getting ready to bring out a bit of Christmas soon.

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  2. It looks like your little canine friends are ready for their painting lesson! How clever to use both sides of a board for your signs! Another plus is that you don't need to find a place to store it between holidays. I love the simplicity of your Joy sign!

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  3. A nice way to utilize a stray board, Linda! Love how it turned out and what a great idea to use chalk and a white sharpie. Your two little friends are just precious! x Karen

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  4. I just want to hug those two little pups!! Oh, and the sign is cute, too!! :)

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  5. Great sign with my favorite word! J(Jesus) O(others/only) Y(you) and very smart to use both sides!
    Keep warm!
    deb

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  6. So cute! I need a fun sign like this hanging all season. Sometimes I could use the reminder! haha! Great job, and a superb idea to use both sides. Clever!

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  7. Love it Linda! I've had a board on my dining room table for weeks with a pack of stencils to do something similar. I like the idea of using both sides. Great idea!

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  8. This is so simple...but gorgeous, I love the font you chose...so Christmassy...if that is a word, thanks for the idea, I do have flippable signs for halloween and Thanksgiving, if I could only find them, maybe next year, Sandi

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  9. Love it, Linda! Simple is perfect at this time of the year. Pinning!

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  10. Linda, I absolutely love this idea...how clever !!! You are getting more bang for your buck. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  11. GREAT sign, Linda. Did you happen to notice how much that looks like birch bark the way you distressed it? That's what I thought it was when I first looked at it. Wonderful job!!!!! xo Diana

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  12. What a great idea to use both sides of the sign! I love the classic, clean look of the JOY side and you could use any Christmas decorating colors with the black and white. I didn't know you had two pugs (or maybe I forgot) - they are so cute! My sister and my aunt both have pugs...they're sisters. Such sweet dogs.

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  13. The perfect word for the season, Linda. I like the white on black a lot--very inspired, out-side-the-box choices. Thanks so much for linking the project up at Vintage Charm!

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