Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?
Signs are everywhere, especially these days when signs are even taking over our homes. You know those cute little ones I’m talking about that give us a quick pick me up with their cheery little sayings, or just make us laugh with a quirky comment. Signs can be a lot of fun but have you ever thought about making one for your garden gate?
How to Make a Hanging Sign
During the summer we have a lot of get togethers in our back yard. Needless to say they are smaller and fewer than in years past, but we love to entertain, and we love being outside. A natural evolution to this has been that people have stopped coming to the front door to get to the party but have started going to the back yard before ever entering out home. A couple of years ago we simply hung a sign on the gate Reading “Puck’s Place”. If the party takes place at “Puck’s Place”, then everyone knows just to head out to the back yard. Now before anyone has any questions about the naming of our back yard, I would like to introduce you to Puck.
Puck was rescued many years ago and named by my husband who is a hockey fan and myself, who was not. We struggled for days to agree on a name for this dog who during this time, showed us who he was. He is a very stubborn but clever dog, who seems to have fun causing little bits of trouble and watching the chaos unfold. Therefore the name came. It suited the hockey fan just fine, and it also fits his personality. He was named after the sprite in ” A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and calls back to Eric’s love of hockey as well. He has taken over our home, our hearts, and our lives, therefore it was only natural that we call the back yard Puck’s Place.
I put up a sign a couple of years ago and it made it easy for first timers to see where they should enter, but over the years it has gotten pretty shabby so it’s time to make a new sign for the gate. I actually didn’t need to buy anything for this project as I had everything on hand but I will include the supply list below so you can make a hanging sign for yourself.
- Piece of wood or wood plaque
- Cup hooks
- Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge
- Silhouette Cameo 4
- Silhouette Studio Business Edition
- Weeding Tools
- Transfer Tape
- Painter’s tape
I sanded down the block with some sandpaper I had on hand so I had a smooth surface to apply my vinyl stencil to. This helps to keep the paint from oozing under the stencil. It really doesn’t take much space at all to make the lettering look fuzzy or blotchy.
I opened up Silhouette Studio (I have the Business Edition) and found a font I liked then sized the letters so they would fit the block of wood, which I had leftover from another project. Once the stencils were cut and weeded I used transfer tape to move the vinyl to the wood.
Making sure the stencil was centered onto the wood I carefully laid it down and used a scraper from my weeding kit to be sure it was well-adhered to the wood I removed the transfer tape. Next, I painted a thin layer of Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge and gave that a few minutes to dry.
Once the Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge is dry it is time to paint the lettering. While it is best to use outdoor paint such as Patio Paint Outdoor I chose to use regular acrylic paint I had on hand since I did not want to run out just to grab some paint and take any chances during the pandemic. It just isn’t worth it.
I painted two thin coats of paint over the stencil lettering, allowing it to dry completely in between coats. After the second coat dried completely I used my Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge once again to coat the entire front and back of the sign to cover the lettering completely.
I made pencil marks on about an inch in on either side of the top of the sign and screwed in the cup hooks on either side, ending with the hook part facing toward the outside of the sign.
I needed some chain to hang the sign from the garden gate and again decided to use what I had on hand. I grabbed a plant hanger and took it apart so I could use the chain from it. It came apart very easily using needle-nose pliers.