Beach Cottage Signs

Materials

  • Wooden items: Basswood (Midwest Products): 1/4”x1” (#4106); 1/4”x4” (#4406); shapes: oval, 2-1/2” long, two; circle, 1-1/4”
  • Natural hemp
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Winter Blue; Light Mocha; Sapphire; Admiral Blue; Khaki Tan

Tools

  • Simply Foam Stamps (Plaid): Ironwork Tile; 3” Square Shell
  • Rubber stamps: Martha Stewart Crafts 1” Ornamental Typeface (EK Success); 1/2” italic alphabet; tiny starfish
  • Multi-purpose Sealer (DecoArt)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Furniture tacks
  • Silver eye screws, 1/2”, two
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (Duncan)
  • Tools: round-nose pliers; wire cutter; drill and 1/16” bit
  • Wax candle

Directions

STEP 1

  • For each sign, cut two 5” lengths and two 6” lengths from 1”-wide wood. Cut 6” length from 4”-wide wood. Lightly sand and apply sealer.

STEP 2

  • Use pencil to mark off one 1”x4” strip from top and bottom of 4”-wide wood pieces. For “Cottage Beach” sign, paint: top and bottom strip and two 1”x1” strips Khaki Tan; center of 4” piece and two 1”x5” strips Admiral Blue. For “Café Seashell” sign, paint: top and bottom strip and two 1”x6” strips Light Mocha; center of 4” pieces and two 1”x5” strips Sapphire. Let dry and apply wax to surface of all pieces randomly. For “Cottage Beach” sign, paint: top and bottom strip and two 1”x6” strips Admiral Blue; center of 4” piece and two 1”x5” strips Khaki Tan. For “Café Seashell” sign, paint: top and bottom strip and two 1”x6” strips Sapphire; center of 4” pieces and two 1”x5” strips Light Mocha. Let pieces dry 75% and lightly sand to reveal distressed finish. Paint circle Light Mocha and ovals Winter Blue.

STEP 3

  • Use black ink to stamp foam stamps, lettering, starfish as shown. Arrange pieces for signs by laying long strips beside 4” piece and short strips across top and bottom; glue. Glue ovals as shown and circle to center of ironwork motif. When dry, drill holes on strips and ovals. Carefully hammer tacks into holes.

STEP 4

  • For hangers, drill holes in top left and right of signs. Attach eye screws. Cut 12” lengths from hemp and knot ends around eye screw loops.
by Melony Bradley
Beach Cottage Signs
Beach Cottage Signs Cafe Seashell Sign
Cafe Seashell Sign