All righty, you guys asked for it and here it is! I’m calling this my 10 minute DIY herb sign because it’s just so dang easy. Now, to be completely fair, it will probably take you a smidgen longer than 10 minutes. But that sure is a catchy title, right? Either way, this is an insanely simple project and one that basically costs zero dollars to create. It’s perfect for your garden this summer, or you could even use it in a cute summer mantel look too. Lots of fun possibilities with this little guy! Okie dokie, let’s get into it. Here’s a quick reminder of what the finished sign looks like:
Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project:
- print the word “herbs” in Word. I used size 500 in Modern No. 20 for my sign. No fancy printer necessary!
- any piece of rustic wood will do. Mine was already painted white, but if yours isn’t just go ahead and give it a quick coat of white paint.
- black pen
- scotch tape
- black paint + tiny paint brush
- some kind of snack or caffeinated beverage would be nice
Ok, here are the letters for my sign. I’d recommend trying a few different sizes just to make sure your letters fit the piece of wood you are using. When you print in this larger size, each letter should be on a separate piece of paper. That’s what you want. Once you have the letters printed, simply start cutting out each letter with a pair of scissors.
Once each letter is cut out, go ahead and lay them on the wood and play around with the spacing until it looks good to you. I usually just eye it, but if you’re worried about the letters being level just go ahead and use a ruler to make a straight line across the board, then use that to line up your letters.
Once they’re in place and look evenly spaced, go ahead and put a few tiny pieces of scotch tape on each letter to hold it in place. Then grab a black pen and start tracing the letters.
Since the board I used was painted white it’s easy to see the letters once they’re traced on. This obviously won’t work as well if your wood is not white, so just keep that in mind.
Then simply grab a tiny paint brush and some black paint and start filling in the letters. And this might also be a good time for that snack.
Okie dokie, there it is! All I did to finish this off was scuff it up with a piece of sand paper. I wanted a worn, weathered look for this sign. This also helps blend out any edges that aren’t perfect. And I feel like the sanded look is a bit more vintage anyway, which is what I’m always going for.
Seriously, this post has to be one of the easiest tutorials I’ve ever shared. It’s just so simple and there’s a really good chance you already have everything on hand to get this done in a jiffy. Feel free to mix it up and use whatever color combination you like for the wood and letters. I also thought about doing the letters in a soft green color, but ultimately black won out because I just love the classic look of the black/white combo. And like I said, I think you could use this sign in a ton of different ways around your house this summer. I mentioned earlier the idea of doing a summer-inspired mantel with it and the more I think about it, the more I want to go outside and grab this sign so I can do it! See how my crazy mind works? It’s always racing with new ideas. Anyway, let me know if you have any questions at all and thanks so much for dropping by the blog today! xoxo
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