- Wooden Sign
- Freezer Paper
- Ribbon, fraycheck
- Carpet tacks/aluminum nails, and hammer
Design and way to cut it. I used my Silhouette, but you can always sketch it on the freezer paper and cut it out manually.
In my Silhouette the phrase "Grandkids" is Gabriola font, size 158.50 and "makes life grand" is AR Cena and size 137.60
First create the design in Silhouette. I was only using text so it didn’t take too long to type up. I then cut my freezer paper so it would fit. I ran it through and then started to take out the letters. The freezer paper goes in shiny side down.
Be careful when dealing with letters that have a small section in the middle, like with “e” and “a”. I had to make sure that I kept the little pieces for each letter attached. To move the freezer paper from the cut sheet to the wood, I used transfer paper. I really only attached it to places where I needed to keep the entire letter together.
I lightly pressed it down onto the freezer paper and then set it on my wood. Once on the wood, I used my iron to set it. I used the highest non-steam setting to iron the freezer paper. Since I was going to be painting, I wanted to make sure that the seal between the freezer paper and the wood was really close, so that it wouldn’t get splotchy. (I ended up not being able to paint right away, so I did re-iron the freezer paper a few days later just because it was starting to separate)
I ironed slowly and would remove the transfer paper. If you don’t have transfer paper you could probably just use tape to keep the letters together. I used some tweezers to place the small letter pieces into place as I was ironing so not to burn my hands.
I had two options for paint, one that was a white wax and one that was cream, and I did a little spot on the back to see which option I wanted to use. I used two different kinds of sponges to get the paint onto the wood.
Once the pant was starting to dry I removed the freezer paper gently. Once the paint has dried you can use a fine grit sandpaper to age the paint (it also helps smooth the paint and can be used to fix an errors you have) I had a little spot where the paint bleed through, and used the sandpaper to help remove it.
I got these burlap looking ribbon and some aluminum carpet tacks. The carpet tacks are short so they won’t be sticking out the back. I used a little glue on the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying, and then nailed the carpet tacks in. We didn’t nail them in all the way- so not to split the wood.
Attach the little clips and you are good to go. Regular clothespins would also work well, and would go well with the rustic wood look.
Overall this project wasn’t too expensive to make. The pictures were minipics I got from the CVS photo shop and they only set me back a dollar. The clips were $3 for a set of 2 (5 each) so $1.50 for them. The freezer paper will run you about $5 (I already had it), and the sign was $12 bucks from Walmart. The ribbon I also got from Walmart and it was $3 for the roll. My mom had no idea that I had made her gift, and thought I bought it at the store. Have any suggestions for using wax paper? What did you make for grandparents gifts?