Beach Sign Tutorial

by Alli
I’m beyond excited to have Danielle guest blogging for me today!  Danielle lives in Australia and we became blogger friends a while back.  She invited me to write a guest post a few months ago on her Glitter Bug Blog and now she’s guest posting for me.  You can see the post I wrote for her (Discovering your Body Shape) by clicking here!
Please give Danielle a warm welcome by leaving a comment!  Now, on with Danielle’s beach sign tutorial!

 

Hi everyone! I’m Danielle from Glitter Bug and I’m so excited to be stopping by Alli’s blog to
share this fun tutorial with you all. Alli was a guest poster on my blog a few
months back and I have been so late in getting this post to her – so I just wanted
to quickly apologize to Alli for being so late!!

 

I live in Australia, in a small beach side town. We moved
here nearly two years ago and into our current house 8 months later. Our house
is a rental so decorating and still sticking to the rules can be tricky.
Luckily these day companies like 3M are making products for renters that make
my life easier.

 

Today I’m sharing a tutorial for my DIY Beach Sign. I made this sign for our bathroom as I’m in the
process of giving it a little facelift, normally I’m not one for the beachy
theme – well only because I live a few blocks away from the beach and I just feel
it’s cheesy to have a beachy house in a beach town, but I made an exception for
our bathroom since the floor tiles are a blueish colour. I knew I wanted a
beach sign and after one failed attempt I finally got a finished product I
love. I think it looks great above the mirror and it’s given me new inspiration
to get the bathroom completed! So let’s make our very own DIY Beach Sign!
 
You’ll
need:
 
·       Plank
of wood (size is up to you)
·       Wide
masking tape or contact paper
·       Letter
templates
·       2
colours of paint (I used house paint but use what you have)
·       Foam
brush
·       Sander
or sandpaper
·       3M
Command Strips
·       Scissors
·       Pencil/pen

 

Step
1:

Start by cutting your wood to size, the length of your piece depends on how
wide your wood is and how far apart you space your letter – give yourself a few
inches to be safe (you can always cut
some off if needed)
. Now if you have a power saw this step will take you
all of 5 minutes. {However if you only have a hacksaw like us then give yourself
20 minutes to get this done.}
Lightly sand the edges to remove any rough bits.

 

Step
2:

Paint your plank the letter colour. I chose white for my letters so in my case
I paint the top of the plank white first. Allow to dry – apply re-coats as necessary.

 

Step
3:
 Arrange your tape letters on your plank. {I used the font Bebas Neue size
360.}
 I just traced the letters onto paper from my
computer screen. 
I then rolled out strips of wide masking tape {or you can use contact paper} Place your letters on top
and trace around. Cut them out & stick them down. I originally
used exercise book paper and spray adhesive (seen in this picture) but it didn’t come off so I re-did
it using this method. Learn from my mistakes!
J

 
Step 4:
Paint your wood with your top colour. For me I chose a blue grey and mixed in
some white paint to lighten it a bit, paint the sides too! Re-coat as needed, when
you’ve applied the final coat give the wood a few minutes to dry (not too long maybe 5-10 minutes max)
now carefully remove your letters revealing your bottom colour exposed! If your
paint bled a bit, just grab your under colour and a thin paint brush a do a bit
of touch ups on the major spots. Don’t be too pedantic about it.

 

Step 5:
Sand your sign. This is optional and originally I wasn’t going to do this but
after removing the tape I just felt it was a little too perfect for a beach
sign so I lightly sanded the whole thing until I was happy with it. Attach some
3M command strips to the back and hang in place! 

 

Congratulations! You just made yourself  your very own Beach Sign!! Yay!! Of course you can use whatever words you like – if
you live in the desert maybe use the word desert, if you live near the
mountains then use that! Adjust it to fit your life and style! There are so
many options with these kind of signs and they can easily be completed in an
afternoon, I will be making a few other variations for around our house so be
sure to check out my blog for more
of these and other great tutorials!

 

 
I hope you liked this tutorial and again thank you so
much to Alli, I’ve had great fun doing this project and it was great to stop by
for a visit!! If you’d like feel free to follow me on social media below!! 

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10 comments

Madaline July 22, 2014 - 3:37 pm

I love this tutorial!!! Thank you so much for sharing while Alli’s away enjoying her fabulous trip!

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Danielle July 23, 2014 - 8:53 am

Thanks so much Madaline!! Glad you liked it – I’ll be sharing some more projects for my bathroom makeover on my blog in the coming weeks so be sure to stop by! I love visitors 🙂

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Louida July 22, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Great tutorial! You make it look so easy for non crafty people like myself!

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Danielle July 23, 2014 - 8:52 am

Haha, thanks so much Louida!! It was easy – just make sure you make your letters from tape or contact paper and not notebook paper like I did the first time and you’ll be fine!! If you make one I’d love for you to tag me on Facebook so I can check out your handiwork!! 🙂 Good luck!!

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Paris at My BIg Fat Happy Life July 22, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Wonderful tutorial! Your beach sign came out so cute!

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Danielle July 23, 2014 - 8:50 am

Thanks so much!! Glad you liked it – it was fun to make and now I’m itching to finish it off 🙂

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Natalie July 22, 2014 - 11:27 pm

I love this sign, I need to do something like this for the kids room near their beds.

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Danielle July 23, 2014 - 8:49 am

Thanks so much Natalie! It was pretty easy after my first stuff up 😉 Go for it – be sure to stop by my blog and share your link if you make some!! 🙂

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Shirley Wood July 23, 2014 - 9:41 am

Easy tutorial. I think even I could do it! Those 3M Command strips are one of my personal favorite products to use around the house!

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Alli July 23, 2014 - 9:52 am

I love those command strips, too! I’m gonna try Danielle’s beach sign, too. It’s so cute and I love the beach!

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