I am very inspired by the natural world, and I am forever looking for ways to bring elements from outside into our inside spaces. When you walk into my home you’ll see toys made from natural materials, framed photos hanging from a branch on the wall, and and abundance of greenery and plants. I love being surrounded by nature.
We are also a family of crafters and creators, and there is evidence of this throughout our house as well.
My favorite kids’ crafting projects are the ones that incorporate both natural materials and functionality. For example, this sweet wooden name sign is both functional and aesthetically appealing. Unlike the projects involving googly eyes and pipe cleaners, this is something that I actually like seeing in my house. Also, because it utilizes quality materials, I love knowing that my children have created something beautiful that will last for many years to come.
Here is how to create a lovely wooden sign of your own!
Supplies for this project:
- A precut/ presliced slab of wood
- Enough (cut) wood rounds for the all of the letters in your name
- Wooden leaf cutouts
- A small paint brush
- Cup hooks
- Twine or string
- Wood glue
Assemble all of your supplies and begin painting your name on the small wood rounds. Using your small brush, first get the bristles damp in water. Then dab onto a paper towel, and dip into the brush your favorite color of paint. Slowly and carefully paint each letter of your name onto the wooden circles. You may want to practice on a piece of scratch paper first, just to get the feel of the brush.
Then, if you want to add a little extra flair, use a second color to place “dots” on each letter. To get the perfect dot, turn your brush over, and dip the end into your paint. Then (being careful to hold the brush upright) make a dot on your letter. Continue until you have added several dots to each letter.
Allow about 5-10 minutes for the acrylic paint to dry.
Decide on how you want to arrange the wooden leaves and letters of your name on your slab of wood. Play around with different positions and groupings.
When you are happy with the layout, use a small dab of wood glue to secure each piece. Be sure to leave your sign laying flat, this glue does not dry instantly, and things will slide around if you tilt it. After about an hour the glue should be dry enough to move onto the next step.
Cut a length of twine or string about 2 feet (24 inches) long, to make a loop for hanging your sign. Wrap each end of twine around your wood plank and secure with serval tight knots. You can adjust the length to make it longer or shorter depending on your own preference.
Trim away access twine with your scissors.
Screw several cup hooks into the bottom edge of your wooden slab. Kids may need some grownup assistance with this step if the wood is difficult to screw into. I found that making a hole in the wood first (with a small nail and hammer) made it easier to then screw in the hooks. Also, a pair of pliers came in handy for tightening the hooks into place.
Find a new home for your creation, gather trinkets and treasures to display on the hooks and enjoy. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!