For those of you who follow along with The Idea Room on Facebook and Instagram, you might have noticed that I have been on a little adventure this past week. I was invited by a group of Israeli students (who are part of the Stand With Us organization) and the Israel Tourism of Ministry, to spend 5 days with them on an amazing foodie tour, Taste of Israel.
It has always been a dream of mine to visit Israel and so you can imagine my excitement when I received the invitation. Truth be told, I was not sure it was legitimate due to the amount of spam mail I receive on a daily basis. But it was real…and it happened! I had an amazing time in so many expected and unexpected ways, and I can’t wait to share more about it with you here in later posts!
But…today, I am going to be sharing with you a Fall Sign that I wanted to share with you while I was in Israel, but I just simply ran out of time and energy to get it ready before I left, and there were more pressing things to attend to…like snuggling with my sweet little girl and watching Despicable Me for the 27th time.
Fall is absolutely one of my favorite seasons of the year. I am so grateful to be able to live in an area where we have four seasons because each one brings new things to look forward too. One of my VERY favorite songs is “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” and I knew that I wanted to be reminded of this in this season of Thanks and Gratitude.
The sign itself was really easy to make. And the best part was that I made it with scraps of wood I had laying around from older projects…which means it was pretty much FREE!! Who doesn’t love that?!
I just took some pine tongue and groove boards (which I had left over from the kitchen plank ceiling) and cut them down to 24 inches in length. The sign is 3 boards high and measured 11 inches in height.
I glued them onto a thin piece of plywood with the same measurements of 11 (h) x 24 (w) inches. I then stained the wood with one of my favorite stains, Minwax’s Red Mahagony. After it had dried, I used some thin wood strips of wood (1/4 inch by 1 inch) to make a small frame around the edges of the sign. I stained it as well and then secured it to the edge of the sign with a couple of really small nails and some wood glue.
Then, I cut out a stencil for the words with my Silhouette and used the vinyl as a stencil by laying it right where I wanted the words to be on the sign. Then I covered the rest of the sign with some painters tape and paper so that the sign would not get any spray paint any place other than the words.
Then I lightly sprayed the words with white spray paint. This way the words have a really soft quality to them. Then when the paint was dry, I removed the stencil and paper and ran a light sandpaper over them to give it a distressed look.
I really like how the words are offset to one side as well. I also love how every time I see this sign, I start singing that song. I feel like it has been a great reminder to me for the real reason of the upcoming Holiday Season.
And, if you are interested in the Fabric Pumpkins I also have displayed, I shared how I made them a couple of years ago here: Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial.