Day 8/9: DIY Christmas Decor: Noel Sign

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Honestly these Supermom bloggers that somehow find the time to cook amazing meals, keep the house completely impeccable, give their kids sensory and educational play time, make adorably crafty knickknacks, maintain a good relationship with their husbands AND blog about it all are full of it. I’m convinced there is no way anyone can keep this up unless they’re robots or on some good drugs.
I managed to do some crafty crap last night – just ran out of time to blog about it. I like to think I’m normal and not just a complete slacker because I chose to spend the last 2 hours of my night engorging myself on Peanut M&M’s and watching a hockey game with the hubby.

Anyways, I have a TON of Christmas crafts pinned. I really love this time of year and it seems like if you’re going to try to find your crafty side there’s no better time than now. I always go to craft sales and think “Why would I spend money on that when I could just make it”. I find people overvalue their “crafts”. They’re really just cashing in on our laziness. Usually these crafts don’t cost that much to make (unless you shop at Michael’s) and how hard can it really be (depending on what it is of course)…

I’ve seen a few of these types of signs at craft sales priced around $25 and apparently Pottery Barn had something similar one year (I can only imagine how overpriced that one was).
So I decided to try and recreate it with the help of this pin.

I trucked my toddler to Michael’s and two different Dollar Stores to find some craft supplies. I was buying for a couple of other crafty pins I have in mind and I didn’t want to buy stuff from Michael’s that I knew I could get for a buck or two (the mark up on their stuff is ridiculous!).
That errand run in itself was a chore, my kid is teething and bringing him anywhere right now is like going out with Jekyll and Hyde, you never know who you’re going to get. Plus he just wants to touch and grab everything. It’s exhausting.
Once I got home and tranquillized him put him to bed. I got to work.

Noel Sign Necessities:

Letters (I’m sure you can use wood, cardboard, MDF or anything else paintable. I found wood ones at the Dollar Store for a buck each. Obviously you need an N, an O, an E, and an L)
Acrylic Paint (Brown and Red) (You could use any colour or type you want but I would strongly recommend the acrylic. I messed that up because I thought I had some at home, however all I had was my son’s Tempra paint. Which looks like crap when it dries)
Glitter (This wasn’t called for in the original link but I think everything Christmasy looks better with some glitter tossed on it somewhere)
Paint Brushes

Instructions:

1. Paint the Letters first with the brown and while they are still tacky go over them with the red. (I didn’t do brown and red because at first I didn’t really care for the “faux wood” look or whatever. I chose red and then mixed in a bit of black to make it a darker shade)

2. Blend, add some more paint, smudge with a paper towel. Just mess around with it and let dry once complete.
(I didn’t do any of this, I just had one matte colour. Instead of following this step I added my bling to the O. I painted it, waited till it got tacky then sprinkled glitter all over it.)

3. Once your letters are completely dry, arrange them as you’d like and glue them together.
(I used awesome gold glitter hot glue that I found at the dollar store – because I’m super crafty like that – but it doesn’t matter because you can’t see it anyways)

4. Once your glue is set, put up a couple nails and you’re good to go.

Here is the original link’s beautiful version (which I now wish I had followed step by step):

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And here’s how mine turned out:

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It looks even worse because I didn’t use the right paint. I’m debating about picking up some acrylic and going over the letters again. I really don’t like the matte finish.
My letters are smaller because I got them at the dollar store, so it looks a little insignificant in the spot I currently have it:

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Overall I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either. I know I couldn’t get $25 for it. (I take back what I said earlier, clearly this stuff takes a talent that I do not possess.)

Despite my lack of crafty skills, this week will be the week of Christmas crafts. I’ve decided.

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