Make Your Own Street Sign
Do you have a favorite street or a town that brings you fond memories? Don’t you wish you could have a vintage sign from that place? But, what are the chances of stumbling across one in an antique shop? Probably slim to none. You could steal a sign, but you’d probably get thrown in jail. Instead let me show you how you can Make Your Own Street Sign!
- Thin Wood Plywood (or metal)
- Round object
- Painter’s Tape
- Credit Card or Burnishing Tool
- Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint
- Van Dyke Brown Glaze
- Antiquing Wax
- Jigsaw or Metal Shears
- Drill with Drill Bit
Use the round object to trace curves on the corners of your board. Cut out the shape you want using a jigsaw (for wood) or metal shears (for metal sign.)
Paint your sign background the color you like.
Create a stencil using vinyl and a vinyl cutter, or make your own stencil with freezer paper.
Lay transfer tape on top of the vinyl stencil.
Mark a light pencil line on the sign where you want the bottom of the letters to line up.
Lightly mist the front of your sign with windex or water with a little soap in it. This will help you position your stencil without it sticking right away.
Pull the stencil up…
…and position it on to the sign. When you are happy with the placement, use a credit card or burnishing tool to press the vinyl stencil onto the sign.
Pull the transfer paper off. Push any remaining air bubbles out of the stencil.
Cover any exposed portions of your sign with painter’s tape.
Lightly spray one coat of spray paint onto the sign. Let it dry and lightly add a second coat to get full coverage.
Once completely dry, remove your stencil.
Lightly sand the letters to gently distress the sign. (After all, you want to make your sign look old and authentic.)
Dab some glaze onto the corners of the sign.
Lightly dab the glaze until you get a slightly dirty and aged look.
Add antiquing wax on the edges of the sign for a more aged and authentic appearance.
Drill two holes in the upper right corners.
You can hang your street sign with two small brad nails.
And now you have an authentic looking aged street sign.
Our street sign adds to the memories on our gallery wall in the living room.
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Have a great time Making Your Own Street Sign and stay out of jail. 😉
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Very cool! I love the antique touches you added. Thanks for the directions and product recommendations.
Awesome sign! Great tutorial!! Love the wall design!!!
I love this, again you nailed it out the ballpark with your wonderful design/idea. Excellently job!