The Cozy Red Cottage: The Luckiest

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Luckiest


One of my favorite things about St. Patrick's Day is Luck.  I reminds me how lucky I am to have so much love around me.  I wanted to create something special to remind me of that love so I used a line from one of my favorite songs and pictures of my little ones that make me feel so lucky to be a mom.  Today  I'll be sharing with you how to make a beautiful sign, perfect for St. Patricks Day and its so cute you just may want to keep it up all year.  I'll also be showing you two easy ways to paint your board instead of using vinyl; of course vinyl would also work :) 

You'll need: 1 board, 3 frames (5x7), paint and brush, Paint Pen (optional), 3 hooks, Ribbon, Contact paper(optional), scrapbook paper, pictures

First Paint your board (a light color works best)
For the letters:  I typed up my quote and printed.  I'm sure there are a lot of ways to do this but I used Microsoft Word.  Inserted a text box and sized based on the size of my board and picked the font and size I needed.  My board required two sheets of paper so I typed up the first half, printed, then deleted the text.  Type the second half of your quote and print.  It will keep the sizing and spacing the same. 
To transfer it onto your board scribble on the back with a pencil.  Tape right side up to your board. 

Trace around the edge of each letter. 
Pull of and it should look like this. 
I used a paint pen and went over the lines and filled in the letters.  (you can also paint them free hand but a paint pen is so much easier). 
For the branches I used this file and my cricut to cut out the branch design on contact paper. 
I used this as a stencil.  (or you can use the technique above)
Once I cut apart the stencil and placed where I wanted I added extra contact paper around the edges just to make sure I didn't get paint any where I didn't want. 
I painted inside my stencil with green paint. 
Once its dry peel off the contact paper.
Once everything is dry add your hooks. 
Cut scrapbook paper out to fit your frames (5x7).  Mine has green polka dots to tie it in with the green branches.  Glue your pictures (4x6) to the center of the paper (I turned mine black and white)
Measure and cut your ribbon.  Hot glue on the back to make a loop.  Add pictures to the frame and hang on the hooks.  The black, white, and green I used match my bathroom perfectly and that's where it will stay.  I love seeing everyday and being reminded how lucky I am. 

4 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I love that song!! And
    I love this reference to it. Such a perfect subtle St. Patrick's Day decor idea, and you're right, you could totally leave it up all year. I'm featuring this on my blog this week. :) Thanks for the inspiration!
    little-inspirations.blogspot.com.

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  3. I love home decor that is personal - thank you for sharing! Visiting you via Tip Junkie.

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  4. Love this project!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

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