50 Cent Crafty Sign

Friday, May 07, 2010

I bought a plank of fence wood for some astronomical price like $1.08 at Home Depot awhile back. I had them chop it into four pieces for me so that it was 'sign ready.' This is the second sign I've made out of that lil' piece o' wood.
I don't know what it cost me to make it, but it certainly wasn't even close to a dollar. The wood was about a quarter. After my metal frame yesterday, I realized I had absolutely everything I needed to make this little craft project. I had the three buttons, black paint, white paper to cut out the letters, and recycled paper used to make the flowers, gorilla glue, and thumb tacks for creative hanging purposes, so....really....it was just about as free as any project gets.
I saw this quote, "Sometimes in the middle of an ordinary life love brings you a fairytale." painted on a large sign in a craft store for 30 bucks a few years back. It's perfect for one of my friends, but I'm skating on the line between revealing a gift early, or not sharing until I do gift this away by posting this, but I have so many gift post ready to post 'later'....I decided to go forth and post now. Plus, I'm suspicious most of my 'friends' don't read my blog. I don't know when I'll be giving it to her considering the line of gifts I have for this individual over the next few holidays. If it counts for anything (since I'm sure there is a blog tally somewhere of things that 'count') I'm going to write the family's surname and the year the family was 'established' in the right hand corner of the sign with a white paint pen, so it's not like I revealed a COMPLETED gift, right?
On to this VERY complicated craft. Get out your dictionary, you may have to look some of these complicated words, and instructions up. :Insert Snickering Here:
Numero Uno (Sorry, I had chips and salsa for dinner, and all the sudden I think I'm bilingual).
Get some guy at Home Depot to cut a piece of fence post into four pieces for free (see my prior post for this info). Paint one 4th of your fence post with paint.

I'll wait while you write down meticulous notes so you don't somehow get the steps wrong, I mean, it's a good thing I took a picture b/c I don't think the words did it justice.
:Insert Jeopardy Theme here:
Numero Two (see a little something for both Spanish, and English speakers in this step).
I took my Cricut and printed out the words I wanted on the sign, and then I used the Xerox sticker maker so they were sticky on the back, and this allowed me to manipulate my letters. I love this Xerox do-hickey-thing-a-ma-bob. I then took some mod podge to seal the top down. I could have used stickers as well, or I could haven't painted the letters....assuming I wanted a real hot mess on my hands.

Numero Three-Oh
Go and find clever people online with great ideas, and add a little something you want to try out to jazz this up a little bit like a little cluster of poppies on the side. Why a cluster of poppies on the side? Because I can.
I saw some precious little rose clusters on the blog UndertheTableandDreaming that she put on gifts over the Christmas season. She used pages from books, and I thought this was perfect, given my 'fairytale' quote on this sign. I didn't have a fairytale on hand to cut up, so I used an assertive discipline book I was recycling from my educational files. Really romantic, I know. I decided to ink the edges to give them an aged look, and add a button because that's the kinda girl I am. I also cut my spiral with a ruffle to make them rufflie after seeing this precious flower magnet tutorial onmysideoftheroom.

Circle Cut+Ruffle Cut, and Inked Edge+Hot Glue, and a little pin to hold it while it dried=3 Paper Posies

Step #4
After much debate, arguing, and ribbon wrangling....I decided on this little wire hanging using two tacks from yesterday's project, some wire, and gorilla glue to hold my wire, and tacks down.

Attach posies, and then place them in the ever growing pile of someday gifts.
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Kimberly @shrinkingkimberwls said...

Cute as can be! And I so did not know that some guy at Home Depot would chop the wood up for me!! Thanks for sharing, amiga!

Ashlee @ A Housewife Manifesto said...

I absolutely love this! It is so cute! You did such a great job, and seem like such a crafty person. If I tried to make that it so wouldn't turn out like that somehow. lol

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Lady J said...

I will have the wood cut for me when next @ the Home'Po. LOVE the tip with the Xyron...definitely will try that!

Cari said...

Wonderful ideas!

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Anne Maskell said...

how cute! I'd love to make one.I found you with NFF!

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Kansas Amy said...

That's awesome Christy!!

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Katie said...

How cute! I love the flowers you made for it too. That's such a cute font, which cartridge did you use to cut your letters or do you have a program to use with it.

Gina F. said...

I love it. I love the way the sign came out. You are a crafty kind of girl. Great Job! HAVE A BLESSED MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND!!! :)


Christy said...

@ Katie-I used Cricut's alphalicious....my very favorite font....which I use waaaay too much. ;o)

allthingsnew said...

Wow! That's SO creative! I should try that and then you can show my picture next to yours...and people would think you made one with a toddler :) I wish I could make stuff like this! Just stopped over from FF and wanted to comment on this neat idea...

Stephanie (Ten Talents blog)

Kelli W said...

This is too cute! I love that it was just a SUPER inexpensive piece of fencing! I like to go dig through my hubby's wood scraps when I have a project to work on:)

Sheri, RN said...

That is so cute!

Its So Very Cheri said...

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Thank you for entering the DIY Club inc event.

I came by to check out your project and follow along and I hope you will do the same.

We are working on adding more amazing products to add to the list so you gals will have even more products to work with.

You are a very crafty and talented gal.

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Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Great post!!! You are too funny! And the sign turned out great. I need to make me some of those ruffly flowers.

Charles and Heidi said...

Pretty sure you could mass produce this and make a bundle! I'll be your first customer!! :)
Love it!!

Unknown said...

that is too cute! i love it. maybe i need one of those cricut thingies.

Lori said...

Love the posies and the sign. Great project. How do you come up with all these ideas.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Christy, Love your sign! The saying is precious! The paper flowers turned out fabulous!! What a great project! Thanks so much for joining The DIY Club this month! We greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Holly Lefevre said...

You post gave me a cute chuckle - full of personality...and then it taught me how to make this fabulous sign. I do love that quote, and the addition of the flowers is spot on. Thanks for linking up to the DIY Club.
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Alison said...

I really like this crafy idea! The paper poppies are really a great added touch!

I'm adding myself as a new follower, hoping to be inspired to step into my craft room!

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