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Monday, December 31, 2018

DIY Wedding Welcome Sign

Today I'm sharing the step-by-step for this gorgeous wedding sign along with the major mistake I made! Follow along so you don't make the same mistake I did! 

I've shared a couple of DIY signs, so I'm jumping right to the part with the stencil. If you need a refresher, visit my first post here and follow along until the stencil installation.

For this bride, she wanted a layered multi-colored look. So we did the first layer of the branches with a vinyl stencil and paint.

I used Valspar's Ivory Lace for the base - white was too stark for this project. I installed the first layer of vinyl and painted my background color over it. This is ESSENTIAL so the color doesn't bleed. You'll see why later.

My stencil hangs off the side a little, but that is ok since a frame will get added later.

Once the Ivory Lace was dry (in a few hours), I painted the lighter color of green we were using. This is Valspar's Ginkgo Tree that looks wonderful with our Pine vinyl.

Once that was dry, I removed the vinyl.

With the vinyl stencil you can get really awesome details. I love how these leaves turned out.

Now it is time for the text! The bride requested this in two colors. Since there was enough room between the elements, I had the stencil created as one piece so it was less things to arrange and install.

Install the stencil just like you would one for the wall and make sure to smooth it with the included installation tool.

Remove the top making layer...

 And you are ready to paint!

And then you get so excited about how it is going to turn out and you FORGET TO PAINT THE BASE LAYER LIKE YOU HAD JUST DONE! 

I'm not yelling (at you) but kicking myself. See all those little bleeds? That is exactly what the first layer being the same as the background will prevent. Such an easy step to forget with such dire consequences!

So I took my orbital sander and sanded all the paint off. And I didn't take any photos of that step because I was so mad at myself! I repainted the background, got a new decal, reinstalled, and repainted. 

This is soooo much more crisp and looks amazing. The red is Valspar's Garnet and the gray is Sherwin Williams' Network Gray. I've also added the second layer of branches here. These are vinyl and not a stencil! You can use a combination to get some great layered looks.

Add a frame and deliver your sign to one happy bride!

We also added some pinecones in Chocolate vinyl to add another layer and warm look.

This is such a great idea for any wedding and will become a family keepsake instantly!

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