Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:
Markers, Vinyl, Silhouette Cameo, Foam, FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheets: 1 x 12 x 36″, FloraCraft Smooth Finish®, FloraCraft® StyroCutter® Plus, Fine Grit Sandpaper, Low-Temp Glue Gun, Glue Metallic Copper Paint, Word Template, Straight Pins
Wow, I can’t believe Thanksgiving is almost here. Time just flies this time of year, right?! I made this unique “Faux” Wooden Sign for the Make it Fun Blog. I really love creating unique pieces for the house using their foam products.
Today’s project is a Thanksgiving/Fall craft. I love seeing these wooden “Gather” signs all over Instagram and I’ve really wanted one for the house. So, I decided to make my own and pull out some foam sheets. I know you may think it looks like a lot of work, but it was so easy to do. I did all the hard part, now you can enjoy and follow my instructions to make your own custom sign for your home now or even event/party.
DIY “Faux” Wooden Sign
Step 1 – Cut & Add Wording
For my wording I only needed one sheet of foam. I printed off my template in vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo then I stuck the vinyl to the foam using pins to help keep the template in place.
Then I used a Sharpie to outline my word.
Step 2 – Cut out Wording
Next, I used the StyroCutter Plus to cut out my wording. It works perfect for a project like this, just follow the instructions on the packaging carefully. I started in the middle and worked my way around to help keep the word from breaking. You don’t have to press hard…let the tool do all the work. If the tip bends, you’re pressing too hard.
Once I was done, I went around and lightly smoothed the edges of the letters with fine-grit sandpaper. Just be careful with this step because a cursive word (like mine) will be a bit fragile.
Step 3 – Add Your Smooth Finish
Now the fun part, adding your Smooth Finish!! I covered everything with a thick coat of Smooth Finish and then let it dry overnight.
Once it’s completely dry you can smooth it down with a light sandpaper. Again, be gentle.
Tip: If your word does break, don’t panic…it’s an easy fix! Simply use low-temp glue to piece it back together and then coat the break with another layer of Smooth Finish. Let dry completely, then sand down the area.
Step 4 – Paint Wording
I knew I wanted to paint my letters, but I wasn’t 100% sure what color. Did I want to go beachy colors to match my house (coastal is my theme) or do something completely different. So I started looking through my paint colors and found this Metallic copper paint from DecoArt. I thought it would be PERFECT!!!
It goes on pretty thick so I only needed to add one coat. Then I let dry for 2 hours.
Step 4 – Make Your “Faux” Pallet
I decided I wanted to mount my word on a “faux” pallet to give it a little more stability. So I grabbed another foam sheet. I covered the sheet with two coats of Smooth Finish and let each coat dry about 3 hours. Once it was completely dry I sanded it down.
Then I measured out where I wanted my “wood lines” to be. I folded my sandpaper in half and traced my ruler until I made lines into the foam. You can also use a craft stick to help make the lines deeper. I used this same technique here!
Add a little low-temp glue to the back of your word and place it on your “pallet”. Just make sure you glue it on straight!! I think mine’s a little off, but I like how it sort of arches. #handmade
It takes a little time to make this, but it’s the perfect way to make a custom sign. Totally worth the time. Wouldn’t it be fun to make one with your last name?
Or, this would be great to make for a wedding or shower, anything really! The possibilities are endless.
If you LOVE working with foam and on foam crafts, then here’s a couple “faux” wooden crafts. These “faux” Wooden Pumpkins and “faux” Wooden Whale Wall Art were great projects to work on. I love treating the foam, once the smooth finish is on like it’s actual wood. Not everyone has the tools to make these, so foam sheets is a great option.