In keeping with the autumn décor ideas, I wanted to work on a sign that I could use for Thanksgiving. Using a printable as a starting point is a good idea because you can have exactly what you are looking for and is another easy way to bring something unique to the décor of the home.
I quickly made the Thanksgiving printable using Canva.com, I started using Canva only a few months ago and its so easy to use, it has become one of my favorites software to use. Once in Canva, I chose to set my own dimensions. Since I already had an 8×10 inches canvas at home, those were the dimensions I used. Of course the printable can be made in any size you want and are able to print. For my Thanksgiving printable, I kept it simple only using words.
You can download the printable for you to use here.
How to make a beautiful sign from a Thanksgiving printable
Gather the materials
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- Printable (get it here)
- 8×10 inches canvas
- mod podge
- brown paint
- paint foam brushes
- paper cutter
- 2 of 8 inch (1/4 in x 1.5 in wood for frame)
- 2 of 10.5 inch (1/4 in x 1.5 in wood for frame)
- ~20 of 5/8 x 18 brad nails
- red mahogany stain
Make the sign
- After printing out the canvas on standard paper. Cut the printable to the size of the canvas (8×10 inches).
- Apply mod podge on the canvas and place the printable on the canvas removing the wrinkles from the middle of the canvas towards the outside. Work quickly on this because the mod podge dries fairly quickly. For this project I removed some of the wrinkles but not all of the them because I was looking for a more rustic style on the sign. Apply mod podge to the edges to make sure the printable is fully adhered to the canvas.
- Using a foam brush and the brown paint give a layer of texture to the edges of the sign and using a very light up and down stroke give a bit of extra texture to the inside of the sign. This will give it a rustic look.
- While the paint is drying, stain the pieces of wood for the frame and allow to fully dry.
This is a very simple frame because I did not want to get into cutting the wood at the 45 degrees angles needed for a standard type of frame. For the 8 inch side, cut the piece of wood right at 8 inches to be flush with the edge. Then, for the 10 inch side just cut 10.5 inches long.
Build the frame
To build the frame I used 4 to 5 brads to attach each piece of wood. Attach the end brads first then the center brads.
The last step is to seal the sign with a coat of clear sealant.
This Thanksgiving sign goes well with the fall theme and décor. The colors I used go well with some of the décor in other areas of the house I am sure it will be out all year long.
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