Remember awhile back I told you about a charity playhouse that I helped design? There were a few fun projects that I created for the playhouse that I never got around to sharing with you. The sign for the front of the train station was made with some scrap pine wood and my printer. I wanted to show you how you can make a sign without a fancy vinyl printer….just a bit of tracing and a sharpie:)

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This sign just takes a bit of time….but it was really easy to make. Here is how I did it….

  • Print out your saying on regular printer paper.
  • Cut out the saying and tape to a piece of pine wood (pine works great for this project because it is soft)
  • With a ball point pen, trace the letters onto the wood (pressing firmly)
  • After you have traced the letters, remove the paper and trace the indention lines with the pen again.
  • Go back over the letter with a black sharpie.
  • I decided to apply a stain (with a dry brush—meaning not a lot of stain was on the brush) to age the sign.
  • Sand down lightly with a little sand paper to rough it up.

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It turned out great! However, the sign you see below was a holy-moly-we-forgot-to-take-the-sign-off-the-playhouse-before-it-was-moved-to-the-homeshow….so my sign that I made actually fell off somewhere in between where it was built and the home show. I scrambled to get a new one made in time and actually ended up finding a local vinyl cutter and made it that way. It tuned out great….but I did like the one I made a bit more because I was able to sand it and make it look old. You can’t really sand vinyl….but still looks great. I made a ticket sign too with some scrap pine….


To read more about the playhouse….and how it came to be…check out these post:)


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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