Home for the Holidays sign and mantel

Hello Friends!

Today I’m excited to share a fun Holiday project inspired by one of my favorite Holiday songs.  And…since I never shared a Christmas Home Tour, you’ll get a peek at my mantel.   After you see my project, you’ll have to check out the nine other darling projects created by some of my super talented friends… Holiday Mantel- OneKriegerChick.com There’s no place like home, for the holidays…don’t you agree?

I really wanted to create a sign for my mantel that could stay up beyond Christmas.  The chalkboard can easily be removed and replaced with a different piece of art.  I already have something in mind.

Let’s get started…I picked up a piece of 24 x 24 plywood and painted it first with a coat of light gray paint, followed by a coat of cream paint.  
supplies Then I created a stencil using my Cricut machine, attached it with painters tape, and painted in the lines using a stencil brush.  The key to keep the paint from bleeding under the paper is to use a little bit of paint.  You can always add more, but it’s much harder to take it away.  The paint is a dark charcoal, although it looks kind of navy in some of the photos. Fonts used are Channel for the cursive and Cricut Classic for HOME.

stencil sign Each line was cut separately on my Cricut so I could get the spacing the way I liked it on the board.  The stencils were taped and filled in with paint just as above.

stenciling sign All done…for now…

holiday sign- OneKriegerChick.com To soften the look and give it an aged feel, I lightly sanded over the lettering with a sanding block.  I distressed around the edges of the entire board and in a few placed in the white space.

Another mud puddle Here’s the difference between the unsanded and sanded lettering…

holiday sign-sanded- OneKriegerChick.com And here’s how it turned out…I happen to have this smaller black chalkboard that I wrote “for the holidays” in my own handwriting with a piece of chalk.  You could certainly add the rest of the verse from the song right onto the board, though.  I wanted a layered look on the mantel…

OneKriegerChick- Holiday Mantel 2014

A couple more peeks… Holiday Mantel at OneKriegerChick.com

No place like Home Holiday Sign and Mantel- OneKriegerChick.com Now head on over to all of my friends to see their awesome projects…ALL inspired by Holiday Songs…

10 Fun projects you can make today...All inspired by Holiday Songs!

Joy to the World Painted Burlap Plaque by View from the Fridge

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Stocking Hanger by Elizabeth Joan Designs

All Is Merry and Bright Chalkboard card by Silhouette School

Home for the Holidays Painted Sign by One Krieger Chick

Sleep in Heavenly Peace Card Display by 3 Little Greenwoods

NOEL Christmas Pillow Set by Dolen Diaries

Deck the Halls DIY Art by A Prudent Life

Let It Snow Sign by The Blue Eyed Dove

Holiday Printable by Crafts by Courtney

Joy To The World by My Creative Days

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Have a Happy Week!

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