Rustic Farmhouse Sign With Painted Mason Jar Vase

13 Materials
$50
2 Days
Medium
Are you looking for a rustic farmhouse sign that has an inspiring message and a place to hold some flowers, but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on one? Well I'm going to show you how you can make your own. One that I'm sure you'll get tons of compliments on, and it will add that extra something to your farmhouse decor.

I bought a 16x20 inch pre-made pallet wood sign from Wal-Mart. The original color of the wood was a light sand. I stained the wood with some diluted burnt sienna watercolor and let dry. I took the sample of Country Chic gray paint I received from Hometalk and painted a light coat over that and let dry. I then took the Country Chic gray wax and brushed it on top of the wood grain in sporadic places.
I originally wanted to use stencils to do the lettering, but I didn't want to spend upwards of $100 on stencils for the magnolia farmhouse script. So I printed out a similar font and drew the letters on with a pencil. I was inclined to do this being that I've done this before as an artist, but it is perfectly fine for you to use stencils if this isn't in your creative cup of tea. I fell in love with a saying I found on Pinterest and I knew it was perfect for my farmhouse sign. I should mention that this is a gift I made as a wedding gift to my long time friend. 
I painted my mason jar in the Waverly Chalk Paint from Walmart, the color Lagoon. After it was dry I took a fine grit sand paper and roughed it up a little bit so it had a distressed look. I also took the Country Chic wax and brushed on a little wax to further distress it.
Once my mason jar was dry I placed it on the board and marked with a pencil where I wanted it to be placed in relation to the saying.
I painted the letters of the saying with the Waverly Chalk paint, color Peacock. As a last minute decision, I added their family name with the "established date" at the bottom. I'm happy I made that decision because it became more personalized.
So chalk paint dries pretty fast, and the next step was to glue the jar to the sign. Now the original plan was to use a hose clamp but I felt that it was taking on a different life. It was more rustic than industrial farmhouse so I scrapped that idea. I put gorilla glue on the back of the jar and placed it on the sign where I had marked previously with my pencil markings. I took some plumber's tape and tacked it down over the jar to keep it in place while the gorilla glue dried. During this time, I found a scrap of lace trim and tied it around the neck of the mason jar. Sometimes the little details make all the difference.
After the gorilla glue had dried I took a Dremel tool and sanded down the weird bubbles that gorilla glue makes when it dries. I took some Country Chic chalk paint and painted over the sanded glue bubbles so you couldn't see it. I took the wood slices and cut them down with a saw and made a candelabra base for the mason jar. I used wood glue to adhere them to the sign. I painted the raw wood with the Country Chic chalk paint and distressed it with the Country Chic wax so that it would match the rest wood of the sign. I left the bark of the wood slices unpainted because they were a nice gray color and I thought it added to the total look.
I took the key hole mounts and screwed them into the outside posts of the back of the sign. I threaded the hanging wire through the key hole and wrapped the wire to fasten it off.
I cut the floral foam to fit within the mason jar and made sure it filled three quarters of the jar in height. I cut my floral stems with tin snips at staggering heights as to not cover the saying with the flower's head. I put the flowers in the foam within the mason jar and my rustic family farmhouse sign was complete. I hope you find joy in this decor like I did in making it for my friend's new home as a married couple.
Suggested materials:
  • 16x20 inch wood pallet board   (Walmart)
  • Country Chic Chalk paint   (Hometalk)
  • Country Chic Furniture Wax   (Hometalk)
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