Mod Podge Sign

 I’m continuing the restyle process of my sweet friend’s living space. If you want to catch up, you can read about project number one here

This next project is a wooden sign makeover.  

It was a simple, pretty, creamy white with some distressing. I loved it like this, but as you may remember from  my last post, my friend’s goal is to inject some joy into the space using color.  

Enter the cheapest, simplest solution ever: scrapbook paper! I only had to purchase two sheets from our local craft store (though, as “goof” insurance, I bought three).The distressed turquoise fit right in with our theme! 

If you want to make one like it, all you need is this: 

  • Scrapbook paper in the pattern of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • Sharp scissors
  • A pen or pencil
  • A paintbrush

I began by laying the letters face-down on the paper’s back side

 Next, I carefully traced around each letter with a very sharp pencil. It is important to be accurate as you don’t want to spend time trimming, retracing, or troubleshooting.   Be sure to hold the paper and letters still! 

Next, remove your letters and cut your pattern!  

You should stay on the line with smooth cuts. See how carefully I followed? We want to minimize overhang and cover the letters precisely. If you don’t have a steady hand, it’s time to beg a friend who does and pay her in treats!  

Once the cutting is done, test the cut for accuracy. Make sure it aligns all over. There is no point in gluing a piece that doesn’t fit. That will just create more work! 

Now, it’s time for one of my favorite products: Mod Podge! It is more expensive than regular glue, but it lasts forever! I’ve had this bottle through more DIY projects than I can count, so I feel it was a worthy investment. I probably used only a few cents worth for this project. If you’re strapped for cash, you can even make your own. A quick Pinterest or Google search should show you plenty of “recipes.”  

Brush the liquid onto the wood first! You want a smooth, even layer. No dry spots, even at the edges, but no big lumps either. I think of a beautiful, smoothly-frosted cake as my goal.  

Following the same guidelines, brush a thin layer on the back of the paper.   

Next, gently press it in place. You’ll be able to reposition the paper by wiggling it for the next minute or so. Then, smooth the paper with your fingers, starting in the center and working your way outside.   

Use an old card to smooth any bubbles that may have appeared and give a nice seal. Holding the card perpendicular to the piece, scrape the surface from the inside toward edges. Do not press firmly or you’ll risk ripping your damp paper. Just a gentle brushing is what we’re after. If you’re not sure if your pressure is correct, try it on the underside of your arm. It should  just tickle, not leave a scratch. 🙂 

Lastly, apply a thin coat of the Mod Podge to the front. It comes in many finishes, but I chose matte for this rustic project.  When you do this step, a slight rippling may occur, but have faith, it will dry flat! 

And voilà!  

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