Monday, June 23, 2014

I Can Make That: World Market Pie Sign Knock Off {No Cost DIY}

I saw this sign in the kitchen of a couple bloggers and at Cost Plus World Market and I fell in love with it. I love the vintage look and PIES are my favorite! I contemplated buying it for $15 but then I thought "I can make that!" Using supplies I already had, I created one of my own.

First I found an old 8x10" frame. It was actually already white like the original but I wanted some sage green in my kitchen so I painted it with acrylic that I already had. Then I cleaned the glass with Windex and then made sure it was dry. Obviously, you'll need to take out the backing of the frame.

For those of us who are OLD SCHOOL and do NOT have a fancy schmancy vinyl cutter, you can print your letters and cut them out and use them as stencils. I went into my word program and just found a font that I liked and that was the most similar to the original sign. After printing, I cut each one then placed them on the glass where they should go. I used a salad plate as a template to get the curved letters on top.

I used washi tape to place them since washi wouldn't get sticky all over the glass. Then I used a thin Sharpie permanent marker to outline all the letters. Next I used a small paint brush and black acrylic paint to paint the letters. This is where PATIENCE comes in and I always WISH I had a vinyl machine. It took three coats until I could hold it up to the light and not see through the letters. Even though it was tedious, I love the way it turned out and the real hand-painted letters reminded me of authentic old signs. I was able to put the glass in the frame and press down the metal thingies that hold the backing in and that worked great and you couldn't see them through the glass, but you might need to glue the glass in place.

Ta-dah!!! Not bad compared to the original, right? And it cost me NOTHING!

And this is what it looks like hung up in our kitchen! (Ignore the dumb cord that hangs down and drives me nuts.)

Hope you are enjoying your summer and have a great week!

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Monday, June 2, 2014

June Teacher/Principal Appreciation {Picture Perfect Movie Tickets}

For this end-of-school-year teacher/principal appreciation, I was asked to come up with something special for a teacher who is retiring and our principal who is leaving for another school. I bought movie theater tickets with drinks and popcorn gift cerificates. I designed a simple "movie ticket" in Word, printed them on cardstock and cut out the sides with half a circle punch and glued to a simple envelope and put the certificates inside. A great way to say thank you and all ready for a fun summer movie night!