Hand painted wooden Merry Christmas wall plaque sign.
This is part 1 of a two-part Merry Christmas sign DIY tutorial.
Disclosure: I was provided product by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
I’ve always wanted a Merry Christmas sign to hang outside my home, yet I could never find something that seemed to fit with my taste. I wanted something out of the ordinary, something with not so typical Christmas colors. I decided to take matters into my own hands and just make one instead.
This project is actually a two-part tutorial. Today I’ll be sharing how I made the Merry Christmas plaque with my Mom. You’ll have to come back on Wednesday to see the finished project. Trust me, you won’t want to miss the finished product.
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Merry Christmas Sign Plaque
- Wood for plaque. My piece was by 5.5″ x 20″ and my father used the router to give it a nice edge. Obviously I could have left it as is too.
- Merry Christmas lettering that I printed and blew up with my photocopier. Font: Mission Script – 16″ wide
- Paint for plaque. BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Satin Enamel Galapagos T16-04
- Paint for lettering. BEHR MARQUEE Exterior Satin Enamel – Pistachio MQ4-42
- Paint for shading. BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Satin Enamel – Black Pearl T16-01
- Paint for snow effect. BEHR MARQUEE Exterior Satin Enamel – Pink Chalk MQ3-03
- White Graphite Paper
- Pencil or pointy object to trace like a ball stylus.
- Paint brushes
- Old toothbrush
- Wax paper
Step 1: First thing I did was take out the two main colors I wanted to use on the plaque, to make sure I liked the color combo. I LOVED it, so I proceeded by painting the plaque in BEHR Galapagos (T16-04).
Step 2: Once the plaque was dry, I used white graphite paper to trace the Merry Christmas onto the plaque. I used the same tracing technique that I used on the Arrow Wall Decor.
Step 3: Using the Merry Christmas outline as my guide, I painted it in with BEHR Pistachio (MQ4-42).
Step 4: Next up, snow effect!
Using a toothbrush dabbed in a little bit of BEHR Pink Chalk (MQ3-03), my Mom ran her thumb through it. This made the paint sprinkle over the plaque just like snow.
Technically Step 4 should be done after Step 5. However, I wanted to see how it would look with just snow and no shading. I preferred with shading, so we added some after.
Step 5: We applied a small amount of BEHR Black Pearl (T16-01) on a piece of wax paper. We added a little bit of water to make it extra runny.
Using a shading brush, my Mom contoured the inside of each letter.
Here’s the completed Merry Christmas plaque!
Isn’t the color combination really fun? I just love the Galapagos and Pistachio together!
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is only part 1. The Merry Christmas sign is not complete! Make sure to come by on Wednesday to see what I added to the plaque to make it STUNNING!
Update: Check out part 2 of this tutorial here: Painted Merry Christmas Sign with Hanging Ornaments.
Looking for another fun Outdoor Christmas Project? If so, you have to check this out!
Have a GREAT day!
Disclosure: A big THANK YOU to BEHR for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.