A few weeks ago, my friend and I decided to make a craft that wasn't holiday related. I love large signs for my porch, and I have just about every holiday covered now, but I don't have anything to leave out for those non-holiday times. So my friend Chelon at Chatty Walls designed this large sign for me.
I LOVE it! I wanted to stain the wood, so that I could see the grain. I used 1x4x15" pieces. I dug through my garage and found a few shades of stain that I've had lying around for years and years. I really really wanted a green color in there. I decided that I didn't want to buy an entire can of stain, so I used my lightest stain and added a tiny bit of craft paint to it until I got my desired color. And it worked great! So I just took the 18 - 1x4x15 pieces of wood and stained them in 5 different colors. We staggered them and screwed them down on 2 - 1x4x5' boards on the back. Then, we took the vinyl, used it as a stencil and painted the wording on, and then pulled the vinyl off. I think it is so fun, and you can make it so original, mine is the above with the reds and greens, my friends is below with he blues and browns. I love how different they turned out. :)