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Easter, of course, means so much to me. The message of this sign is what we CELEBRATE! He is Risen indeed! But this little sign started out as a blank piece of MDF. I have no idea what MDF stands for but it's basically cheap particle board. I bought a board of MDF a few months ago at Home Depot for a few bucks and had them cut two pieces to size. Did you know they will cut wood, or MDF in my case, for free. You know I like FREE! Anyway, MDF is super cheap compared to real wood. It looks like wood but it doesn't act like it. Looks like it; doesn't act like it. Looks. Acts.
Then I spray painted over the entire board, including the cross, with a lighter tan color. I'm a bit of a spray paint junkie, so I always have a few colors on hand. I just used what I had.
I tore the ends of the tape when I first stuck it on to give it more of an Old Rugged Cross look. I love the look. Now, painting letters onto a sign is NOT my specialty. No Sir Ri! Ree? Rie? Whatever. But it just so happened as I was visiting other blogs this week, I found a post by Kate over at Centsation Girl who linked me up to Jaime from That's my letter. The DIY blog world is pretty amazing and I'm thankful for all the great tips and tricks. My husband thanks them; my kids thank them. It's Thanksgiving around here quite often!Anyway, Jaime's method goes like this. Choose your font and print the words you want to paint onto your sign. I used the font Forte and chose a 300 font size.
I cut the excess paper and started to trace the outline of the letters with a pen. I traced with pressure and it creates a slight indent on the MDF.
Do you see an outline above? Look again; it's there. If I had real wood, the indent would be great, but remember I said MDF only looks like wood. It doesn't act like wood. Look. Act. Therefore, the indent isn't so great. This is what I'm working with though and in the right light, I can see the outlined letters just fine. Now I just start painting away.
It works great!
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