Sunday, January 26, 2014

DIY Love Birds Wooden Sign


Recently I've been making a few decoration changes to our apartment, as about a month ago I finally installed six shelves that were made by family members.  (I feel like "installed" fits the description better than "hang" because you don't just hang these shelves.  It takes a few hours of work and twice as many drywall anchors as there are screws - because the drywall anchors break with installation.)  

Okay, installation rant over.  But since I've gotten these shelves up, I've been trying to maneuver just the right decorations to go on them and under them.  This decoration was made to go under one of my shelves in the hallway.  (Although I like it so much now that I'm eyeing what I'm going to trade it with that is currently in my living room. haha)

First I started out with a piece of scrap pallet wood that I had already stained a few months ago.  Don't you just love the knot at the top?

I was inspired by this sign from etsy and decided to personalize it to what I was looking for!
I wrote the "love" in white lettering.  Using a pencil first helped me outline where my letters should go.

Next I sketched in the birds and color blocked them with white.  No pictures of the sketches because I could hardly see them with my eyes, so I know the camera wouldn't have picked it up.

Lastly - my favorite personal touch - is this blueish green color I painted the birds.  This paint is a free 8 oz Valspar sample that I got from Lowes (thanks to Tyler's grandma's coupon) and I just love the color!  The technical color is Redstone Blue Spruce for anyone who loves it too!

 My next favorite personal touch is the wire hanger I made out of a wire hanger.  Haha...pun intended!
As you can see, cut the wire to get it apart and straighten all the bends out of it.  
Wrap it around the end of the needle nose pliers (or other more uniform item if you have one) time after time until it is all curled.  
Once the whole wire is curled up, stretch it out to be the right length and curvature.  

Side note:  I'll be completely honest and tell you that this doesn't hang that well on a nail, nor is it likely to hang perfectly straight without being tweaked, but I do like the rustic look of it!  It does hang well on a hook, but still not straight unless you fix the curls so that one hangs perfectly in the middle.

 Now to fit your wire hanger into the wood, its time to get your drill.  Figure out which bit the wire matches most closely and drill into your sign with that bit.
Check and make sure your hanger fits into the holes.  Lastly, use some wood glue around the sides of the ends that will be inserted and stick them in and allow the wood to dry before hanging.

There is my lovely rustic love birds sign!  I just love the little birdies. 
I forgot to mention earlier that I went back and highlighted the edges of the birds with white so they would stand out better, as you can see in the above photo!

Here is where I hung my sign!  
I love that it is inside the frame that is actually painted the same color!
Psst!  You can read this post about repainting an old picture frame!
I think I have too many wood signs like this.  I should probably stop making them, but I'm an addict.  I just can't help myself.
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46 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I'm totally inspired, and have a plank lying around looking full of potential!

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  2. That sign is so cute!! I really like the twisted wire you used as the hanger! That really takes it up a notch!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I love the way it looks although its really not that practical for hanging! haha

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  3. Adorable love bird sign and great tutorial too! It caught my eye over at the Bouquet of Talent party.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  4. I'm stopping by from the Time to Sparkle link party. This sign is so adorable and simple to make! I'm pinning it and am now your newest follower on facebook, pinterest, and instagram. Looking forward to seeing more great posts from you!
    - Caroline from StumblingUponHappiness.com

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    1. Thanks so much for following along, Caroline! Looking forward to seeing you around! :D

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  5. Oh I love this!! so pretty!

    Pinned and Now your newest follower

    Natasha @ Serenity You

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    1. Thanks for the Pinterest love and kind comment, Natasha! Thanks for following along!

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  6. It's perfect!!! i'm going to definitely copy this great idea! :-)

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  7. How creative!!! Love this! Your little birds are so cute:)

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  8. Love your new sign and the birds. I love signs too. They are addictive. I am now following you on twitter.
    Have a great week,
    Bev

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    1. Well thanks for your kind comment and the twitter love, Bev! Yes...signs are very very addictive! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Love this sign. It is simple and perfect. I'd love for you to come link up at The Makers going on now at TinySidekick.com. Hope to see you there.

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    1. Thanks so much Corey for your kind comment and the invite to the link party!

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  10. Very nice.. Freehand, wouldn't look like that if the hands were mine, lol.

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    1. Haha, freehand might not be for everyone...but you could always print out some little birds from the internet and cut them out and use as a stencil! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. This is beautiful, I love anything with birds and you make it look so simple.
    I am interested in how the twitter thing is going, I'll email you directly if that's ok.

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    1. Got your email and sent one back! Yes...birds are just cute! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Super cute! Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  13. It really is a great idea! Love it so much I'm going to pin it!

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  14. This is soooo cute, and I love that you framed it! Stopping by from Hoyby Crafts, courtesy of the "Put A Bird on it" link party.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! And I'd say I definitely put a bird on it this time! ; )

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  15. This sign is so simple and cute! And I'm so excited to see you use a wire hanger...I have so many of those from the dry cleaner and have been looking for ways to use them up! Pinning now! ~Lisa @ Practically Perfect Home

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    1. Haha, yes I have my parents give them to me for crafts when they get my dad's uniforms from the dry cleaner's! Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!

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    2. Hi Saxon! I'd like to feature your sign as one of my 'weekly wonders' in a post that goes out tomorrow morning. Let me know if that's a problem, otherwise, I hope you'll stop by! ~Lisa

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    3. Not a problem at all, Lisa! Thanks so much for a) featuring the sign and b) asking! Always appreciated! :)

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  16. Oh I just LOVE this <3 I pinned it and sent it to my daughter so she can make me one :D

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    1. Sounds like a great idea, that's what daughters are for and Mother's Day is coming up before too many months! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Perfection!! I love the detailed tutorial! Thanks for linking up with us at the Create Link Inspire party! You were featured today!! http://www.marvelousmommy.com/2014/02/10-valentines-day-diy-projects/

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  18. Saxon ~ your sign is absolute sweetness! Thanks so much for sharing it at last week's Project Inspire{d} ~ this will be one of my features tonight. I hope you can joint the party again!

    Hugs,
    Mary Beth

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  19. Stopping by from Cupcakes and Crinoline- I love this sign! So adorable and perfect. Pinning :)

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  20. This is right up my alley! I think your sign is just precious. Just pinned to my creativity board. Thank you for linking up last week to the Lovely Ladies link party, I wanted to let you know I've featured your sign this week at our new party! You can check it out here if you'd like http://bit.ly/1fuwRCU and we'd love for you to come by again. Have a great week.
    -Molly from Just a Little Creativity

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    1. Thank you very much, Molly! I'll definitely have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. I super love your sign and I'm pinning it so I can remember to make it!!! Thanks for the great idea and tutorial.

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life
    www.abrightandbeautifullife.com

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    1. Sure, I'm so glad you like it! Hope you'll get a chance to make it yourself! :)

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