I like quotations. You know, little verses hanging about, here and there, in surprising places around my home. In my last house I had one out near the front courtyard to greet people as they arrived. The Thanksgiving time photo is pretty blurry , but you can get the idea:
I finished up a sign for my garden today, and I thought you might like a tutorial. This one is made from an old twin sized headboard. Now, you can use anything, a board, cupboard door, or even a larger headboard if you like (I once made a fabulous sign for a friend's shop using a full size old four poster headboard upside down- darn, why didn't I take a picture of that?)
I have several old twin sized headboards in my inventory in the garage. You can get these for next to nothing at yard sales or thrift shops, and if you're lucky, you'll find a headboard and a footboard, which will give you two signs. Here's how:
1. Prime and paint the headboard.
2. Print your verse in a print program or large font in Word and tape it together.
3. Rub chalk on the back side of the paper. If the headboard is painted a light color, use colored chalk.
4. Place the verse, printed side up, on the headboard, exactly where you want it.
5.Using an old fine tip felt pen, outline all the letters, pressing fairly firmly.
6. Remove the paper. (The chalk letters did not photograph well at all, but trust me, they're there...)
7. Paint in each letter, coloring book style.
8. Seal with marine varnish or other sealer.
9. Plop in in the garden, nestled in between some spring flowers, get yourself a nice glass of something cold and delicious to drink, and have a seat where you can enjoy the new sign.(Once my plants fill in and get to blooming it will really be pretty.
See? Easy as that. What are you waiting for?