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Summer Sign and Porch Decor

June 5, 2017

Recycling junk and DIYing it into fun holiday decor is a great way to decorate without breaking the bank.

This sign actually has double duty appeal for me. The back is my carrot for my spring decor. This two-in-one approach is a favorite of mine, mainly because it takes up less space to store when both seasons are over.

Since the beginning of summer signals the end of school I wanted to give this decoration a chalkboard, vintage sign look. I heavily dry brushed it using black paint.

Then to the fun part. Santa gifted me with a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and I have been having a blast making new sign stencils. I had always used my Cricut to make stencils, but it was very limiting. The online software was not very user friendly, didn’t have a lot of inexpensive alternatives and ALWAYS locked up my computer. I finally uninstalled it and worked with cartridges, but they had limits too. They were expensive and usually only had one alphabet font or image collection type per cartridge. Designing with them was only possible after the letters or images were cut. AND they wouldn’t let me cut stencils that were ready to use. I had to manually make bridges for each letter after it was cut and before it was removed from the cutting mat. It. Took. Forever.

And then I found my new love…the Silhouette Cameo. I am able to design and manipulate my stencils using any font (or mix of fonts) and images. The design studio allows me to add the stencil bridges before cutting and (best of all) I can save design work to my library. Whenever I need to make a new cut of the same design, I don’t have to start from scratch. I get an exact duplicate.

That being said, I did make this particular stencil in two sections because I knew they would be spaced apart on the sign board and I didn’t want to waste paper on the empty space. I used a different font for each section because I thought it enhanced the vintage look. Since the sign was so big I also cut in sub-sections to accommodate the size paper I used…regular 12″ square card stock. After cutting I simply matched up the cuts and taped them together.

Then the really easy peasy stuff…stenciling. Nothing to it.

I added the sign to my other decorations to complete my summer porch.


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Awesome Mason Jar Round Up
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Wow Us Wednesdays
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wine’d Down Wednesday


The Handmade Hangout
Creative Inspirations Linky Party


Feathered Nest Friday
Creativity Unleashed
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Makers Link Party
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  1. Well I see you’re still busy concocting wonderful projects. Love your signs and making two on one board, smart. Storage for projects is big problem for me.
    Was interesting to read about Cricut and Silhouette. I won a Cricut some time ago but got stalled trying to install it. Computer savvy am not. Besides that think have shied away from trying harder due to cost of cartridges, all other necessities to use it. Am just not in position to be buying all that stuff just to be able to use it, so it sits, what a waste.
    It’s hard to tell what’s better, Cricut or silhouette from all I read about on blogs. Does it depend on computer or ?, hard to know.
    Still enjoy your blog and projects, you make it sound so easy and doable.
    Enjoy rest of week

  2. That’s such a great idea Cyndee. A double sided sign is so much better. I must admit I never seem to get my stencils right somehow. There’s always some paint bleeding. Maybe I’m too impatient. Your’s on the other hand looks so professional. I’d love to get a Silhouette Cameo, it sounds like it’s really easy to use and even though I struggle with stencil I always find myself buying them and they’ve become so expensive. Maybe I need to hint to the hubby 😉

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