Thanksgiving to Christmas Reversible Holiday Wood Sign
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Making a reversible holiday wood sign is so easy and fun! Plus, it saves space in your basement so you can buy even MORE holiday decorations. And if we’re being honest, isn’t that what’s really important?
Can we just do Christmas crafts all year long?
PRETTY PLEASE? ??
I think we can all agree that it’s just the best time of the year. People are happier, our homes are filled with joy and awesome decor, and the music is seriously the best. I’ve got Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat and I am not sad about it at all.
Every year Chris gets on me about decorating and listening to music so early. You’d think 9 years later he’d be used to it by now. But….no. He still acts surprised year after year. And this year was no exception when I showed him my reversible holiday wood sign.
I may be permanently living with the Grinch. SEND HELP. And Christmas cookies. ?
This is the first year I’ve dipped into using power tools for my projects and I am OBSESSED.
I still love my quick and easy crafts to do during nap time but there is something so thrilling about using my nail gun and power saw to make things. I like to think that my dad is smiling down on me every time I pull them out. He was always working with his hands and loved to build things. I totally get that from him.
A few months ago I picked up the RYOBI nail gun at Home Depot because I wanted to start making my own picture frames. For one, it’s cheaper. And I am all about saving money on things! Especially on something that I’ll buy a lot of because we live in a house with empty walls that need things hung up on them. Two, it’s something I can talk about on the blog! Because this is a legit way to keep costs down when you’re trying to decorate, and who doesn’t love that?
I made my first frame a few months back but it honestly looked terrible. My measuring was weird and even with that the frame didn’t sit flush with the art. I hated it and it is currently sitting in my basement until I can figure out what to do with it.
This time I double and triple checked my measurements and I still messed up one of the sides and had to cut again! But, that wasn’t a huge deal because I can use that piece for something else eventually (silver lining!). I also made sure I sanded each piece of wood so that they were smooth before putting the stain on them. Something I didn’t do last time and I still regret.
Another thing I made sure to do was seal my art (and the frame once it was dry from the stain) before piecing everything together. It’s an extra step that’s really important if you’re putting your DIY outside but it’s still good to do even if it’s just hanging in your home. Plus, if little fingers get on it they’re easy to wipe off (not speaking from experience or anything ?).
This reversible holiday wood sign is:
- colorful, and
- is cheap to make!
And because I think it’s kind of fun to see how much projects like this cost…I put together the list of materials I needed for it!
Cost of Materials:
- 12×18 Pine Board: $1.47
- 1x2x8 Pine Board: $1.24
- Thanksgiving Etsy File: $3.99
- Christmas Etsy File: $3.99
Because all of the other things I used (Silhouette materials, paint, sealant, etc) are things I use for every project I do I didn’t include them. It would basically be adding pennies and that just seems silly to me. So the cost of materials is strictly the wood and etsy files. But also, keep in mind that my material cost is so low because all of the wood was part of bigger pieces that I’ve used for other things. If you’re going to Home Depot and buying big pieces of lumber to cut down your material cost will be much higher.
My favorite thing about the reversible holiday wood sign is that it takes up less space in storage. Maybe now I can hoard more Christmas decor without feeling too guilty about it. ?
Okay, let’s make a reversible holiday wood sign!
Love Christmas crafts as much as I do? These are a few of my favorites!
- Merry & Bright Christmas Sign (it’s reversible!),
- Hand Lettered Rudolph Craft, and
- Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Sign
more holiday crafts!
Hi! So how did you make it look distressed? How did you paint it on? Did you just paint it once on the stencil? I guess when I do this type of craft, I always go over it with several layers of paint. But I like the distressed look. Thanks!
Hi Sarah! I used a round foam brush and dabbed the paint onto the stencil. Depending on how it looks I’ll let the paint dry (I usually wait until it feels tacky to the touch) and then do a second layer if I want the design to be darker. That’s all personal preference! You might be able to tell on the pictures but the Christmas side of the sign is actually a little lighter in color because I only did one layer of paint. I would’ve preferred it to be darker personally, but it looks fine!
Once everything is dry I use a piece of sandpaper and go over the sign a handful of times until I’m happy with how it looks. I typically try to only go over the letters two or three times because if I do it more than that it’s “too rustic” and I’ve wiped away a majority of the paint. I don’t like the sign to look too faded!
I love how this turned out, it is so so cute! I also love that you can use it for multiple seasons, so perfect!
Thanks, Emily! I’m starting to love reversible signs. It means I can have even more holiday decor and I don’t have to worry about it taking over the basement. ?