Hardware: sawtooth hangers, two; nails, two; screws, 1/8”x1-1/4”, four
“Let It Snow” rubber stamp or stamp of choice
Snowflake punch, 1/2”
Acrylic brayer, paper cutter
Screwdriver, hammer, saw, sander, drill with drill bits
Acrylic paints: medium blue, white, dark umber
scissors, ruler, pencil, paper towels, soft cloth, water, paper plate, small nail, foam brushes, fine sandpaper, newspaper (to cover work surface)
1. Bevel edges on front of pine board to give aged look using sander. In addition, lightly sand entire board to remove rough edges. Wipe with soft cloth to remove dust.
2. On covered work surface, basecoat entire board medium blue using foam brush. Let dry. Apply second coat if needed. Set aside.
3. Lightly coat rubber stamp with medium blue paint using foam brush. (Note: Be careful to not fill in indented areas with paint.) Press stamp on white paper to make image. Let dry. With excess blue paint on foam brush, brush small strip of white paper with paint; let dry. (Note: This will be used for punching out snowflakes in later steps.)
4. When stamped image is dry, enlarge by 10% to 3-1/2"x4". Make four copies of image.
5. Cut images out from paper using paper cutter, adding 1/8" border, so approximate size is 4-1/4"x3-3/4".
6. With fine sandpaper, lightly sand board edges leaving some natural wood exposed for aged look. Wipe with soft cloth to remove dust. Measure and mark center of board with pencil. Position four image copies on board, spacing approximately 3/4" apart and leaving 3/4" area below images. Lightly mark board at corners of images for placement.
7. Coat back of first image with découpage medium and press onto board, lining up with corner marks. Press image down evenly; roll with acrylic brayer to remove air pockets. Repeat process to adhere three remaining image copies onto board.
8. Apply thick coat of découpage medium over entire board. Let dry.
9. Lightly sand bottom of pegs. Mark center bottom of pegs and indent with nail. Drill hole about 3/8" deep for screw. Test screw in peg for fit. Remove dust with soft cloth.
10. Paint each peg medium blue. Let dry. Paint top of pegs white. Let dry.
11. Punch four snowflakes from painted blue paper made in Step 3. Coat unpainted back side of snowflake with découpage medium; press on center top of peg. Smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles using fingertip. Repeat process to adhere remaining snowflakes onto pegs. Apply coat of découpage medium onto top of each snowflake and peg. Let dry.
12. Find center of image and measure 11/8" from bottom edge of image; mark with pencil. Make small indent in pencil mark using nail; drill hole through board deep enough for screw to fit. Repeat for remaining three images/pegs. Wipe dust with soft cloth.
13. On back of board, starting with right top corner, measure 1/2" from top and 3/4" from side and mark with pencil. Place corner of sawtooth hanger on mark and mark holes for nail with pencil. Attach hanger onto marks using hammer and nails. Repeat process for left side.
14. Position peg over screw hole on sign, lining up hole in peg. Insert screw through back side of board; attach screw using screwdriver. Repeat process for remaining pegs.
15. Mix dark umber paint with small amount of water on paper plate. Dip cloth into mixture and dab off excess; blot front and edges or board and surface of pegs for vintage look. Let dry overnight.
16. Apply sealer onto all areas of board using dabbing motion for textured look. Let dry.