Hello Spring Sign Tutorial

Hello Spring sign tutorial | DIY beautify

As I was getting started on my spring cleaning this week, I got side-tracked by some craft supplies.

If you know me well, this is nothing unusual...I run from cleaning like a gazelle from a hungry lion! And while I should be going to the gym...that's about all the exercise I've been getting! Crafting is so much more fun!

I can't remember where this mat came from...but I pictured a project. A Spring sign.

As you can see, I was originally going to use burlap; by the time I'd decided to use canvas drop cloth instead, the mat looked totally different! I changed my mind because I just did a sign with burlap. This burlap-on-the-roll is great because it doesn't come all creased and is easy to cut off just what you need for projects (table runners, picture projects, etc).

A couple coats of spray paint transformed the mat but I took it a step further and added large gold polka dots with my favorite, and well used, paint dot dauber.

Learn how to make this bright and fun 'Hello Spring' sign with polka dots with this detailed tutorial by DIY beautify

As the polka dots were drying I got started on the stencil for the Hello Spring part of this little
DIY Spring project.

I got a new Silhouette machine for Christmas and have enjoyed experimenting with it. I've been doing simple stencil designs (mostly words). It's saved me a ton of time as previously I was cutting out letters by hand. Maybe my favorite thing (so far) about my Silhouette is the ability to use any font I already have on my computer...no cartridges to buy. So after cutting out my stencil on my Silhouette, I taped it to a piece of drop cloth that I decided to use for the 'window' of  my mat. 

I used spring green paint and a stencil brush for my letters.

Hello Spring sign tutorial | DIY beautify

Here are a couple of tips for stenciling...

TIP #1 - the insides of letters can be tricky. I roll a small piece of frog tape over on itself so it's sticky all around and then lay it on the backside of my piece and just cut around the excess. It keeps the piece in place while I'm stenciling, but is easy to remove when I'm finished.

TIP #2 - to remove those tiny insides of letters, tweezers are a girl's best friend! I keep a pair on my craft desk.

Once the paint was dry, I simply hot glued the drop cloth into place at the back of my painted mat...and my Hello Spring sign was complete.

It found a place on my piano.

Hello Spring sign tutorial | DIY beautify

It's the perfect complement to my DIY Robins Eggs wreath and adds a nice fresh burst of color.

Today's Spring project was part of a monthly challenge with several other talented bloggers. The lineup of projects looks awesome! Click on the below links to visit all the Spring projects.

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