Inspirational Sign for the New Year

3 Materials
1 Hour

I actually made this sign a couple of years ago to encourage myself to focus on the New Year after a very trying previous year. Considering that this past year of 2020 was one for the record books on challenges, I figured it was good time to share this little project.

This project started with a need to clean out my craft room as well. I started out with a small miniature pallet that I was an impulse buy from Hobby Lobby.

The miniature pallet is only 6 inches wide and unfinished. I haven't looked for this item again at Hobby Lobby but you can make this project on any other wood sign you find.

It doesn't have to be a miniature pallet but I like miniature items of anything, furniture, houses, and even pallets so I bought it.

The inspiration for my sign is actually a Bible verse from Isaiah 43.

I found it on a search of Pinterest at the time, but it has since then become one of my favorite verses.

You will need to print out a copy of this verse and font on your printer to recreate the same sign.

To transfer the writing to the wood pallet, I covered the back of the printout with blue chalk.

I used blue chalk because it would show up the best, but white chalk will work too.

Placing the printout, chalk side down, on the surface of the wood sign, I then used a pencil to trace over the letters of the verse to leave a chalk imprint on the wood

To fill in the chalk outline, I used a small tipped craft brush and black acrylic paint. However, a fine tipped Sharpie marker would have worked just as well.

I actually used a blue fine tipped Sharpie marker for the verse reference. Mostly because I didn't have a paint brush that small at the time.

I hung this small inspirational sign in the vanity area of my master bathroom to enjoy and as a daily reminder to focus on a brighter future.

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Donna Powell
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  • Shelly Shelly on Jan 06, 2021

    I love this project..who doesn't need inspiration throughout the day😊

  • Teresa Kidd Teresa Kidd on Jan 08, 2021

    I love this! Use clear coat on it and use them as coasters too! I am passing this on to the therapy community for esteem boosters.