Hello, friends! So good to see you! It’s Monthly DIY Challenge time again, and I’m excited to be back with another fun project. If you’re new to the MDC, each month my best blogging friends and I get together to create one of a kind projects based on a monthly theme or item. We’ve done everything from faux pumpkins to leather, stencils, and even scrap wood!
This month our theme was Sharpie markers! You’re not going to want to miss all of the super sweet projects that my pals came up with, so be sure to check them out at the end of this tutorial.
One of my absolute favorite things to do with Sharpies is to make hand lettered signs. They make it so much easier to fill in letters rather than using paint. I whipped up this little hanging canvas sign in just under an hour. I think it’s positively adorable!
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Tools & Materials:
- roll of primed canvas
- jute string
- black fine point Sharpie marker
- stencil or printout of your graphic
- sewing machine and thread to match your canvas (or a no-sew hem tape like Stich Witchery)
First, I cut out my canvas piece from the roll. My finished sign measures 9″ long by 10.5″ wide, so I cut my canvas at 12″ long by 10.5″ wide. The extra length is to allow for the folded edges on the top and bottom.
Next, I folded the top edge over by half an inch and then again by a whole inch. Repeat the same for the bottom edge as well.
Hem each end closer to the double fold so that the little pocket or channel that you’ve created stays open all the way across. Basically, don’t close up the pocket because you’ll need to run your string through it in a later step.
Once your canvas is all hemmed and ready to go, it’s time to grab your stencil or printed graphic. I made this one in Canva. I just printed it our onto regular printer paper. The top font is Playfair Small Caps and the bottom font is Playlist Script. For the sprigs I just did a search for “laurel” in the ‘elements’ tab and chose whichever one I liked best.
If you’re using a stencil you can skip the next two parts. Flip your printout over and lightly scribble over the graphic with a pencil.
Flip it back over and place it on your canvas. Make sure it’s centered. Then trace over the outline of the letters. This will transfer the graphic from your printout onto the canvas. If you look really closely you can see my outline below.
Once your graphic is transferred to the canvas, trace over and fill in the letters with your Sharpie marker. If you’re using a stencil, trace your outline and fill it in.
Grab a paper clip and tie your jute string to one end. Fish the paper clip through the pocket at the top of the sign. This part can be tricky but just stick with it. Sometimes it helps to poke a long, skinny stick behind the paper clip and guide it out of the other end.
Trim your string to length, tie the ends and slide the knot back into the pocket so you can’t see it. Voila! You have a cute as can be hanging sign!
As always, be sure to check out all of the brilliant Monthly DIY Challenge projects from the rest of the group below.