DIY Lucky Sign Wall Art

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DIY Wall Art Lucky Sign Silhouette Cameo Tutorial madeinaday.com

I wanted to make something really unique for my home, and this Lucky sign did the trick. My kitchen is slowly getting covered with chickens, so I found it fitting to add this sign over my sink!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the stencil for the lettering using Contact paper, but don’t stop reading now if you do not have one, you can still use the paper stencil method found here on my Gather Sign post.

I used a different technique instead of sanding this time, to make an old and weathered look. Let me show you how I did it~

Lucky Sign

Supplies:

  • 1x 8 x4 Choice Wood Poplar plank (Lowes)
  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Contact paper
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Minwax Special Walnut wood stain
  • Homemade chalk paint {recipe below}
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponge applicator

Instructions:

damage and stain the wood

Cut your wood down to size, mine is 29 inches. (I had Lowes cut it for me). I shabbied up my wood up with a hammer, then used a box cutter to shave the sharp edges off to make it look damaged. Stain the top and the edges of the wood with the stain. Let it dry over night.

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

Mix a small amount of chalk paint and lightly paint the top only.

Do not paint edges

Feather your paint towards the edges. Do not paint the edges. This will make them look sanded and weathered without having to sand.

I used 2 light coats so the stain will bleed through the paint for a more weathered look.

Settings:

I basically used the same Silhouette settings for contact paper as I used for my Rail Road and Sundries Sign.

  • Media~ Vinyl
  • Speed~ 3
  • Blade~ 2
  • Cutting Matt -None

Font for Lucky is Wild Rodeo.

Type your letters and then rotate them 90CW vertical.

*Use these dimensions as a guide. Yours may differ from mine.*

  • Page Height  8.5
  • Width of Page 15
  • Text size 72
  • Spacing between letters 1oo%

Dingbat for star is Seeing Stars.

  • Page Height  8.5
  • Width of Page 15
  • Text size 303.3
  • Spacing between letters  100%

I manually made my setting for the vinyl size to 8.5 x 15. My contact paper was already a 15 inch roll so I cut 9 inch wide strips with a rotary cutter. Reset to the small width paper on the Silhouette. Set on cutting mat: none. Feed your vinyl and cut.

Place the vinyl on the wood and measure with ruler to center and mark with a pencil. Peel top of stencil off and line up the stencil and pull straight down to center. This can be tricky, go slow and adjust as needed. If you feel the contact paper is not sticking well, use a blow dryer to heat up the contact paper to get a better seal to the wood.

lonestar stencil

For the stars, I removed the circles and placed them on the wood to measure and center them. Add the stencil over the circle  and press down. Lightly dab on paint with a sponge applicator. I found this is a much easier way to center the circles.

Stenciling St Patricks Day sign Silhouette Cameo

Stencil Tip: Remove the contact paper before it dries. I think the longer a stencil stays on, the longer it has time to bleed. So remove as soon as you are finished painting. Touch up any mistakes.

Touch up any mistakes or bleed throughs and that’s it! We love this one of a kind sign. I have it hanging over my kitchen sink, it is a great reminder how lucky we all are!

DIY Wall Art Lucky Sign Star madeinaday.com

I settled on hanging it in my kitchen, but it clearly can go anywhere.

Easy Stenciled Lucky Sign

This turned out really awesome and with no sanding!!! I will be using this technique for future projects!

XOXOKIMG
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32 Comments

  1. 3.9.13

    Looks great! I have to get a silhouette….I have a sign making project on my list, and it would be a lot easier that way!

  2. 3.8.13

    What a great sign; love this look! You are a Featured Favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes. Thanks for joining us last week; we love having you! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week!
    Mackenzie :)

  3. 3.7.13
    Diana Rambles said:

    Adorable!! Thanks for sharing this at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again.

  4. 3.7.13

    Hi Kim! Love your lucky sign I need one of those in my house! Thanks for linking up & sharing at my party!

  5. 3.6.13
    Michelle said:

    I love this sign! I wish I had a Silhouette!

    Thanks for sharing this at Cook, Craft, Create at The Purple Pumpkin Blog. Hope to see you again soon!

    Michelle xx

  6. 3.6.13
    Maggie said:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I just got my Silhouette, so tutorials and ideas like these are really helpful as I try to figure out all the things I can do with this machine.

    thelovenerds.com

  7. 3.5.13
    Ann K said:

    Great tutorial! I love the sign!! Looks cute no mater where you put it!

  8. 3.5.13
    leighannewilkes said:

    I love the sign and great step by step tutorial!
    Thanks so much for linking up over at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. Hope you’ll be back this Saturday again! Leigh Anne

  9. 3.4.13
    Christine said:

    The sign is absolutely wonderful Kim!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer last week. Can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening! Have a great day!!

  10. 3.4.13

    This is gorgeous! Wish I was having a western themed party. I featured this on my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2013/03/pink-hippo-party-116.html

  11. 3.3.13
    kathythechickenchick said:

    Totally adorable, Kim! I need you to come and do my interior decorating for me!
    Thanks for linking up with The Clever Chicks- I always look forward to your posts!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

  12. 3.3.13
    Stacey said:

    I love this sign! That font is so much fun & the detailed tutorial makes it so easy to follow along. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

  13. 3.3.13

    Hi Kim,
    Love your sign especially the font. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy

  14. 3.3.13

    Fun and whimsical. Thanks for sharing.
    p

  15. 3.3.13

    This turned out great! I love using my Silhouette too!

  16. 3.3.13
    Linda said:

    Thanks for showing exactly how to do this! I would love to do some signs. Have a good weekend. Linda

  17. 3.2.13

    Kim I love your sign! Plus, all the detailed instruction are so appreciated. I have a silhouette that I have NEVER used, you’ve given me incentive to try it out! Thank ya bunches for linking up to Three Mango Seeds – I’ll be featuring you tomorrow! HUGS! Clydia

  18. 3.1.13

    Very cool sign! So many fun things to do with the Silhouette!

  19. 2.28.13

    Great idea! Please share your project at http://www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

  20. 2.27.13

    Pinned it-LOVE it and I will be stealing your idea promptly:)

  21. 2.27.13

    Great job on the sign- I really need to get my self a Silhouette Cameo. Maybe for Mother’s Day :)

  22. 2.27.13

    I LIKE!

  23. 2.27.13
    lisa said:

    LUCKY I found this great tutorial today! Very cute! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven for a visit.
    xo,
    Lisa

  24. 2.26.13
    Shannon said:

    Oh I love it! What a great sign :) thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  25. 2.26.13
    Pam said:

    Great sign!!!

  26. 2.26.13
    Lindsey said:

    Such a cute sign! Would be great in green for St. Patricks Day!

    • 2.26.13

      Hi Lindsey, I was actually going to make it green for St Patty’s Day, but I wanted to keep it up all year. Glad you liked it!
      Kim