DIY Front Porch Sign

2 Materials
1 Day

I saw a video here on Hometalk from Fusion Mineral Paints showing use of their Mandela stencil kit on a piece of furniture" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank">( and I knew I had to have that kit! Once I purchase it, I wasn't sure yet what I wanted to use it on, until this past weekend. If you have seen my posts from this summer, you'll know I built a DIY floating deck and have been building furniture to adorn my deck. I still had a large blank wall that was screaming for a front porch sign, so that it what I decided to use my stencil kit on.
Here's the wall that needed a pop of color and some decor added to it:
Here are the abbreviated instructions for how I created my sign, for full details, visit the link at the bottom of this post. To create my sign, I first cut the 1x6 and 1x10 boards, and attached one of the 1x6 boards to the 1x10 using wood glue and pocket hole screws.
Next, I used a weathered wood accelerator to give the boards a weathered gray look.
Once dry, I used the stencil kit to add the stenciled pattern at the top left and bottom right of the attached 1x10 and 1x6 boards. I used the four paints that came with the kit, using the lightest colors on the inner portion of the stencil and using the darker colors as I made my way to the edge of the stencil.
I then applied the stencil to the center of the lone 1x6 board.
Next I printed the wording for the signs using a font that I liked, and then taped the printed letters to the boards and traced them, pressing hard enough to leave indentations of the letters in the wood.
Once the lettering has been traced, use a paint pen or a fine brush to trace over and fill in the lettering.
I then attached the eye hooks and rope to the boards and hung in its intended location.

Suggested materials:

  • 1x6 and 1x10 boards  (Home Depot)
  • Mandela Stencil Kit  (Fusion Mineral Paints)

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2 questions
  • Joanie
    on Oct 1, 2017

    THE PORCH looks wonderful.........My kinda look!! Your Palm is doin' great, what happened to the yellow Arcadia palm? Did it not make it?
  • Oki12692028
    on Oct 3, 2017

    My siding is vinyl instead of wood. How do I hang the wood signs and pictures? Help I have huge porches and need to cover some ugly walls!
    • Susan
      on Oct 4, 2017

      Now that's a great idea ! We're going to be putting vinyl siding on an addition, and the "no hole" hook is something I'll look into

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