Hooray, it’s Thursday! I hope you have been enjoying our guests that have been sharing with us just about every other Thursday. Can I let you in on a little secret? I’m not the craftiest gal in the world, I’m much better with my sewing machine and a pattern, but here I am with a craft blog… WHO KNEW? My solution is to feature some great craft bloggers so that you can have something great to inspire you on Thursdays. Today I’ve invited Cameron from homemade to share a project with you. Cameron is kind of new to the blogging world, but she has jumped right in and become a part of our little community here while building herself a great blog and an adorable etsy shop that you must go visit. Please welcome Cameron today!
I used my trusty picnic table as a work surface, covered in plastic so that I wouldn’t ruin that mossy patina Like the yellow? So did a bumblebee. I also made purple, green, and a lovely shade of dark turquoise – and that’s the one I picked for this project! I try to be somewhat efficient when I craft – so as long as it was nice weather and I had a good place to paint, I kept at it.
The base is just a piece of 7/16” OSB (oriented strand board – that’s fancy plywood). We have lots of it laying around from various home improvement projects. This piece was about 5 ½” x 26”.
Now, what to do with this better-than-blank-canvas board? I made a stencil using my silhouette (how did craft before I had one of these!!?!). The “welcome” is in the Letter Gothic Std font, and I designed the little house myself. Designed may be a tad heavy-handed, as it is completely made of straight lines. Anyway, I put them all together and laid everything out on my board. For this specific stencil, the windows were a challenge – I picked them up with a piece of masking tape so that I could maintain the spacing.
I’ve found with burlap, the best way to get paint on fabric within the stencil is with the “pounce” vs. brushing. The little brush is actually called a “spouncer.” I wonder what that extra “S” is for? Sorry, I’m easily distracted. For more stenciling tips, see this post.
Once it’s dry, carefully remove the stencil – don’t forget those little squares from the house windows! I added a hemp tie to the back – with the option to hang it from the tie or hang it from a piece running along the back. I affixed it using my staple gun – my second favorite tool for attaching stuff after the glue gun.
It’s so welcoming, isn’t it? And so easy to personalize (family name? wedding couple, maybe?) and change the color – spray paint comes in every color imaginable. I know I’ll be making more soon!