Monday, April 8, 2013

Why Hello There!

Happy Monday everyone! I'm especially chipper today because of a happy new project I finished this weekend.

My front door has a glass insert and it just doesn't feel wreath-friendly. I wanted to create something that welcomed you to our home that could be used all year long, but that could be attached to a stucco wall. The wheels inside my crafty brain turned for quite awhile and I eventually ended up with this:

You may think I'm crazy, but you know I love me some string art. I think my new "Hello" sign is the perfect solution to welcome guests. Want to make one of your own?

What You Need: (I had all of these supplies on hand, so this project was FREE for me!)
  • Plywood 
  • Paint
  • Hammer and Nails
  • Traceable Letters
  • Yarn
  • Screws and Hanging Wire
  • Clear Coat Spray

Step One: Paint your plywood.

Step Two: Measure the size of the plywood and the distance you want between each letter.

Step Three: Trace your letters.

Step Four: Hammer nails around your traced letters. Be sure to evenly space your nails.

Step Five: Begin wrapping.  Knot your yarn around a bottom nail and wrap around all of the edges of the letters. I wrapped the edge of my letters five times before starting on my criss cross pattern.
P.S. If using the word "Hello" make sure you don't run out of string like I did at "HELL" and then let it sit unfinished in your front room for a few days. It is a great conversation starter, but not the best way to welcome guests :)

Step Six: Spray the entire thing with a protective coat of clear coat spray to guard it from the elements. I mean, it is yarn so it won't be 100% waterproof, but the clear coat should help.

Step Seven: Use a picture hanging kit or screws and hanging wire to mount your board to the wall.

Next project is that hideous orange door. I'm thinking a nice, cool black. 

My husband thought I was nuts when I first told him my plans, but now he agrees it is pretty freaking awesome. What's your vote? Crazy awesome or just plain crazy?

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