Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wedding Sign #2...

I got more compliments from people on this sign at the wedding than I ever imagined I would.

(You can see the first sign that I made for this wedding by clicking here.)


Simplicity was key on this one.

The basic structure was about as simple as it gets.

A 2x4 cut down to 2" x 2" that stands 6 feet tall, surrounded by 1" x 4" boards to keep it stable...



The directional arrows were 1x4's cut down to about 20" long with one end cut to form a point...


Everything got a single coat of white paint. Imperfections in the coat added to the character and charm of the overall sign...

I added the letters to the arrows the same way that I do all of my lettering around here (click here for the "How-To"), minus the carbon paper. Pine is pretty soft so as I wrote on it I was left with an indentation in the wood...

Since I was going for a definite handwritten look, I skipped tracing the letters perfectly and chose to freehand it a bit...


Using my trusty paint pen, I wrote out each word on the front and back of each arrow...

The arrows all got a coat of poly since this would be an outdoor sign...and just in case the rain decided to show up at the wedding...

Luckily for all of us, it didn't!


Two screws in each arrow was all it took to keep them in place...






And here it is at the wedding!


It took a bit of time to make, but mostly it was just waiting for paint to dry...and I am always impatient when it comes to drying paint. Other than that it was really quick, easy and super cheap to make!

The wedding was fantastic! I am talking with the photographer right now to see if she'll let me post more of her photos from that day. It was sunny and gorgeous and the grounds were stunning!

We'll see. Fingers crossed that she'll let me show you more photos!

(No pressure or anything, Tiffany!)

:)

In the mean time, you can check out her website:

TiffanyBurkePhotography.com

and her

Facebook Fan Page



Congratulations, Kelly & Cherisse!

We love you!




P.S. I am linking to:

Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Get Your Craft On Tuesday at Today's Creative Blog
Show & Tell Day at Blue Cricket Design
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Thrifty Thursday at Tales From Bloggeritaville
100 Under $100 at Beyond The Picket Fence
Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life As Lori
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Make It Yours Day at My Backyard Eden
Inspired By at The Inspired Room
DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land


42 comments:

The Green Pea said...

Oh yes! very cute sign. So happy that is was a Blessed Day. May God bless them always. sandi

spindlecottage said...

Very cool idea!

spindlecottage said...

I forgot to ask--where do you get paint pens?

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

What a great idea! I imagine it brought a bit of additional character to the event, love the photo of the couple in front of the sign! Janell

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

how cute is that! You did a great job.
so glad it didn't rain!
gail

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That is so cute! Knowing me, I would have had the arrows pointing the wrong direction. :)

Simply LKJ said...

The sign is adorable! What a unique idea. I love it!!

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

What a cute idea!! Very creative and I may have to try that at my daughter's wedding in the near future :)

Lisa said...

GREAT idea! So darling! Definitely keeping this idea!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Love the idea. Perfect "accessory" for an outdoor wedding...and useful too! Doesn't get any better than that!

Audra said...

Fantastic idea. I wish I had thought to do this for my wedding three years ago!

Orange it Lovely said...

wow. this is gorgeous and so Original! I love that! Great job. Love your blog too!!
~Tana

Talysa said...

Love the photo of couple in front of sign...adds character to a typical wedding shot.

Would you mind sharing the colors on your walls in that first photo...the room on the left is Wedgewood I believe and I assume the other is Woodlawn but I'd love to know for sure to get a better idea of which shade I like best. Also I love how the middle color serves as a neutral between the two...can you tell what that is as well?

jen @ {decor junkie} said...

What an adorable sign! I love that idea! Is it crazy that I think that could be totally cute in the right style kitchen as well? Loving it!

Holly said...

This is so cute!!! I've always wanted one in my yard with the 'miles to' on it, like the Farm Chicks, The Buggy Barn, My Best Friends House, etc.
Thanks for the tutorial!!

Kansas Amy said...

That is just adorable! Great job!

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

I just love your blog! Your blog is one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own. The wedding sign is such a great idea and I wish I could re-do my wedding day so I could make this sign.

Elyse said...

brilliant + adorable!

xo
elyse

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

So cute and well made! I'd love to make one of these for the next family reunion. Good instructions.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love that idea... one more thing to remember.
The pictures are fabulous!

Donya said...

Turned out fantastic! Nice work!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

Valerie said...

How completely fun. I love this! I can't wait to find an event I can use this at! :0 I am filing this at thecraftersfilebox.com. Thanks for sharing!!

Jamara @ My NW Nest said...

Adorable!! I love it!! I have three daughters and MUST remember some of this stuff for their big days... in 20 years. (They're 9,6 & 3)

Ashley said...

So cute!!

gena said...

How cute ! I may need to copy that for my son's wedding at the end of the month !!!!!

thanks for sharing,
gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy said...

LOVE it! It turned out so cute! I'd love it if you'd participate in my new topsy turvy tuesday's link party! http://imtopsyturvy.com

The Zhush said...

This is easily THE most creative thing I have seen in a looong time! (and I read about 8 bajillion blogs a week!) Great job!

CoachAldridge said...

Oh my goodness! I love the sign! You did such a great job on it! I'm definitely bookmarking this on my computer, so cute!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

SOOO clever... Our neighbors are having an outdoor wedding on July 31st...I'm going to pass this idea along...

Warm blessings,
Spencer

PS...and BEST WISHES too.

Retro Vintage Interior Decor said...

You are so right, it's those little things that makes thing great. That sign post that you made will bring lots of lasting memories! Love it!

Patricia said...

Great Idea!! How much did the wood cost? I should prob make something like this for ours because it would suit it so well!!!

http://www.pinkpeonieswithlove.blogspot.com

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

I featured your project on my Make It Yourself Monday post this week.

http://brideonbudget.blogspot.com/2010/07/make-it-yourself-monday_26.html

Rachel Lynn said...

I love this idea!

the lady of the house said...

Way fun! Such a great idea - hmmm... gets my little brain spinnin' :)

Anyhow, come on over to herhousehold.blogspot.com - I'm having a giveaway and I'd love to invite everyone I can to come over and try and win!

Have a Happy Week, Karla!

The Lady of the House

Unplanned Cooking said...

That is so clever! I can see why your guests raved. And congratulations!

woodmouse @ handmade wooden toys said...

Love. I wish my yard was big enough to have a use for a sign like this! Maybe put one just for fun in my art studio? Hmmmmm

Ashley said...

I love it! What a fabulous idea.

Heidi @ Budget Wise Home said...

This is one of the best projects I've seen in a long time. What a fun idea! If only I had something to make this for. Thanks for sharing.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

This is so cute! I want one of these for my yard! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my F'eatured' button.

concretenprimroses said...

I too wish I had a use for this sign SOON! Great project.
Kathy
ps I also love the bride's bouquet.

Donna@My Sweet Things said...

I just came across your site and I love this project! My son is getting married in October and I may do something like it. Thank you for sharing this!

Donna@My Sweet Things said...

Hi Karla! I wanted to thank you again for sharing this post. I did make a direction sign for my son's wedding. I posted about it this morning with a shout out to you of course! Cheers!