DIY Welcome Sign

Following along with DaNita's monthly challenge, I tackled my outdoor space. Moving into a new construction house has many benefits, but one of the downfalls is all the mud you have to deal with. We finally got around to pressure washing our concrete and are now focusing on getting grass planted in the areas that didn't take last summer. 

I have a nice porch so I really wanted to get it decorated with spring/summer decor to liven up the space. I've been wanting to make a "Welcome" sign so I decided now would be the perfect time. 

Tyler had a plywood board laying around so I stained it with Miniwax Dark Walnut (I really just love that color!)

I bought large stencils from Hobby Lobby and placed them on the board to see how I wanted to position them and to make sure I had enough room for all the letters.

I then took the first stencil, centered it on the board and traced the letter with a pencil. 

One by one, I traced each letter and made sure they were all centered correctly. If I make a mistake, I just erase the letter and trace it again. 

For stenciling, I like to use acrylic paint and a thin tip paint brush. Starting from the top, I painted in each letter. I carefully paint the outside lines and then fill in the inside. 

After I finish painting each letter, I let it dry and apply another coat. It doesn't take nearly as long because you are just filling in the spots that need touch up. To add a little dimension, Tyler put a boarder around the sign with 1x2 pines and I painted it white.

My front porch looks much happier and I love how welcoming it is ;) If you've been wanting to stencil a sign, go for it! Tag me @the.whispering.pines so I can see your project. 

Thanks for stopping by,

"Hello! My name is Jodi from The Whispering Pines.  I love to decorate, refurbish old furniture, create small crafts and come up with unique party ideas. I also have a knack for organizing and enjoy experimenting with new recipes. My style is rustic with a touch of farmhouse. If you ask my husband, I could live in antique shops and home decor stores. I love being inspired by others and hope, you too, can gather a little inspiration for your home!" 

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