} @media only screen and (min-width:300px) and (max-width:770px){ #top-navigation .search-form {margin: 0;width: 96%;padding: 2%;float: left;} } #siteinfo {width:100%;float:left;text-align:center;} #siteinfo img {float:none !important;}
18 Jan

Establishment Sign DIY

Establish your beginnings.

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to make and display an establishment sign, don’t you think? Mine is a piece of 13″ x 7.5″ pine board painted red and then embellished with a painted W and our last name in vinyl across it with the date we were wed beneath.

Here’s how I did it.

  • Lightly sand a piece of wood so that the paint adheres well. Paint the background color and sand the edges when it’s dry.


  • Cut your initial (ours was W) into your vinyl or contact paper, weeding out the letter and leaving the background intact.
  • Using transfer paper, lay the background of your initial in the upper center of your board. You can measure to find the exact center (I eyeballed it).
  • With a credit card or burnisher, make sure the stencil is adhered well, especially around the edges of the letter so your paint won’t seep underneath.
  • Use a stencil brush and pounce the paint onto the stencil. Let the paint dry a bit before you lift the stencil, but don’t let it dry completely.
  • Let the paint dry completely.
  • Cut your name and establishment date from vinyl and place over the stenciled initial. Once again, I eyeballed it, but you can measure if you want to. The ruled grid on the transfer paper should help you line up the letters straight.
You could attach picture hangers to the back if you want to hang it on the wall; I chose to lean mine against a basket.