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Welcome the New Year: DIY Welcome Sign Craft

Jan 2017

Sinkology is proud to present Kendra Williams, a home decor expert, DIYer, furniture refinisher, and busy mom as a guest blogger. Kendra runs the blog at Momtique and she is here to share some design ideas and inspiration around designing your home with copper and around your copper sink.

Welcome 2017! Celebrating the new year can bring about the desire to start fresh, to say goodbye to the old and to say hello to the new. If you’re like me, you might not know how to decorate your home after Christmas. A great way to transition out of Christmas decor is to focus on a small project that will put a new spin on your home and that will stand out and “welcome” you into the new year. I thought a welcome sign for my front porch would do just that.

Here’s an easy DIY copper “welcome” sign that anyone can do. At first, I didn’t know if I wanted the sign to say “welcome” or “Williams”, which is my last name. I chose “welcome” because I actually didn’t want to put my last name on our front porch… call me crazy!

Here is what you’ll need:

  • a piece of wood that you can hang
  • letters
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • glue

At my local craft store, I was able to find a piece of wood that was already painted and ready to hang. Score!

I tried four different copper acrylic paints and ended up with DecorArt Dazzling Metallics Copper.  It’s probably the most realistic copper paint color I’ve seen.

Once you pick your copper paint color, use a small paint brush and paint the sides and the tops of each letter.  If you put some butcher paper down, you won’t have any need to watch your mess.  Because my letters were originally black, I had to apply three coats of paint. If you’re able to find letters in a natural wood finish, you may only need two coats. Did I mention that I am a messy painter? Well, see for yourself.

After the paint dries, it’s time to glue the letters to the piece of wood.  You could use all sorts of different types of glue but I chose hot glue because of how quickly it dries.

Here it is all glued and ready to be hung.

An easy way to style your new copper “welcome” sign is to place it in front of a wreath.  I didn’t have a green wreath that didn’t look Christmasy, so I improvised, because that’s what DIYing is all about, right?  This is actually a garland that I wrapped around to look like a wreath. The color of this garland complements the copper beautifully.

As much as I loved the wreath look, I knew I wanted to hang the sign on my ladder. I used the same garland I used for the wreaths and wrapped it around the ladder.

What styling do you like better?  The wreath or the ladder?

Either way you style it, this is the perfect porch decor to welcome in the new year!

Remember, you did it yourself and it will probably show. Embrace the DIY life.

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