Welcome Sign

Create a warm welcome for the entrance to your home, office or shop with this beautiful 4 ft tall wood sign.


Order the all-inclusive DIY Art Kit here or source your own supplies and follow along with the directions below to create a sign to warm up your door!


The DIY Art Kit includes:


  • 4'x7.25" pine (cut from 1x8x8 pine)

  • wood cut out lettering, WELCOME*

  • 1 wood wreath

  • 1oz background paint in burnt umber acrylic*

  • 1/2 oz letter paint in white acrylic*

  • 1 re-suable sponge brush

  • 1 sponge wedge

  • sandpaper


*= unless otherwise ordered- you may have selected different options


Additional supplies you will need:



Get comfortable. Put on an apron- it may get messy. Grab a snack and a drink and let's get going ...


All pine planks you receive in your art kits will have been sanded and smoothed for you by myself. Wood has been hand selected to be as straight as possible and with knots situated in pleasing places. If you are selecting our own wood, try to get planks that are as straight as possible, although wood will naturally warp over time. Knots and grain are charming and add an authentic handcrafted feel to your piece.


Using the sandpaper included in the kit sand any rough edges of your board if you want it to be more rounded. It'll give you a smoother finish. You can, if you want to, sand the broad surfaces, to give you a distressed look.


There will be natural variation in wood, even from one side to the other, so pick the side that looks best to you, according to the orientation of knots and natural imperfections, to be the front show-piece side.





Pour some of your background paint onto a paper plate. In this case, I am using burnt umber acrylic paint.

You can use any background color or stain to suit your look. For the purpose of these DIY Art kits, I recommend acrylic paints, because they are less toxic than oil-based stains, do not have a strong odor for indoor use, dry fast and are much easier to clean up.




If you'd like to add a touch of interest to your stain, you can add a drop of complimentary color to it, such as grey, shimmer or white. If you are adding another tone of paint for interest, swirl the paint together to get a rough marble, rather than a smooth texture. This technique will add high and low lights to your board.




Using the sponge brush wipe the paint over all surfaces of your board in smooth long strokes. Don't use too much paint. Rather apply sparingly and consider additional coats for more coverage. Use a paper towel to push color into the wood grain and to remove excess paint. This dry rub technique does not call for the addition of water.


Work at a fairly rapid pace, because acrylic paint dries fast and you want to prevent streaking. Should you get streaks, then smooth out the texture by adding additional paint around the streaks and use a damp paper towel to blend. You can also wait until the paint has dried and distress the board with sandpaper.


Allow the board to dry fully.



Some other color examples:

This board was painted using burnt umber acrylic paint mixed with a hint of teal.



In the sign above, a white acrylic base paint was used, with a hint of grey. After drying, I used sandpaper to lightly distress the board.



This red sign was painted using barn red acrylic paint in 2 coats for a solid, bright color.





Using the dry sponge wedge, blot a sparing amount of color onto your lettering and wreath. Do not overload the wedge, to prevent paint from running down the sides of your lettering , thereby affecting the finish. Less is more! Rather add a second coat of paint for additional coverage.


Dry well.




For this next step, you will be needing a ruler and glue. I like Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue, which dries fast and clear, but you can also use wood glue or superglue or even hot glue in a pinch.





Lay out your letters and wreath on your board to eye-ball approximate placement. Then use a ruler to make sure each letter is placed centrally to the board edges and equidistant from each other.





In this image, you can see that the lettering also works horizontally!





An easy cheat is to cut or fold a piece of paper to the size of the gaps you'll need between letters, so you don't have to measure each time.





My "WELCOME" letters looked good at 1.5 inches from each other, but you may choose to have yours closer or further apart. This will also vary according to the wording you've chosen!





Apply a small amount of glue to each letter and place it.





Once the glue has dried you can varnish your board with a non-yellowing varnish from Krylon or Rustoleum or even Mod Podge to protect it from the weather fluctuations.





The board will last longer if placed under a protective roof, although some weathering can make it look charming.


Your sign can be augmented or accessorized with ribbon, raffia, flowers and beads, to suit different seasons.


Enjoy your new sign!


Please share photos of your signs with Three & Me on social media like here on Facebook or here on Instagram with tags #threeandme or @threeandme.

Thank you for joining me!


Warmly,

Claire

Owner & Creative Director | Three & Me



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Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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