This entire project started with this wood.
I saw it and I had to have it.
I know I live in the country and we have barns that are falling down and old wood scattered around and pieces like this by the side of the road.
But I didn’t get it at any of those places.
You will never guess where I got it.
It came from HOBBY LOBBY.
Can you even believe it? I saw it in the wood section already cut in a nice bundle called Wood Pile and it was only $4.99 for an ENTIRE BUNDLE. I’m sure its a cousin to the barn around the corner. And wait for it….just wait for it….I used my 40% coupon from my phone and got it for 40% off of that.
And then of course, I had to make something with all that amazingness.
So I made this.
It’s a reclaimed wood monogram.
And it’s a no-nail project.
All you need to make one is hot glue, a stain pen, white carbon paper and a couple of bundles of wood to get started.
You could almost get away with one bundle of wood, but I got two just to be safe.
Actually, I bought all the bundles they had, but that’s a story and a couple of projects for another day.
Then I laid out seven pieces of the wood in a square.
Next, I laid out the two pieces across the back and hot glued into place. You want to really apply the hot glue to make sure the wood holds.
You could also use wood glue to hold it in place, just place something heavy on the top to hold it in place until the wood glue dries.
This is a multiple-glue option project.
Next I printed out a monogram.
I made this one with a monogram app on my phone called Monogram It. It costs .99 and it make the prettiest monograms in all sizes and fonts and colors. I just made one in a script font, saved it to my camera roll, e-mailed it to myself and printed it out on my computer.
You could also upload it as an image to Word if you want to make it larger or smaller.
Then I used white carbon paper to trace the monogram onto the wood.
White carbon paper is found at most craft stores and is perfect for a project that has a dark background.
Make sure you press hard with your pen or pencil on the paper to ensure the carbon transfers.
When you are done, it will look like this.
Next take a stain pen (the kind you use to fix scratches on furniture) and trace the outline.
Just fill in the outline with the stain pen.
You can simply wipe any extra bits of white graphite away with your finger.
Here’s the finished sign.
I LOVE IT.
The stain looks like it’s old and antique and blends in so perfectly with the wood.
And you don’t have to make a monogram.
You could make a bunny for spring.
Or a silhouette.
Or even your favorite quote.
Reclaimed wood never looked so pretty.
And now the barn is calling. It’s talking about a family reunion.
And on a sad note.
The world lost one of its greatest dogs this week.
My thoughts and prayers are with my sweet friend Andrea and her family.
May you run like the wind now, Basil.
Rest in peace.