DIY Sign: Give Thanks/Merry Mail

Last year, we wanted a way to hang up all of the holiday cards that we received, so we hung a burlap ribbon around the bannister and clipped on the cards. You can see the pictures in our “Oh Christmas Tree” post from last year. When that got too full, we hung a ribbon from the mantle and had overflow there.

This year, we will be adding 2 stockings to the mantle, so this will be a little harder to do. Plus, the burlap didn’t stay well around the bannister. So, I decided to use my craftiness (and my need to keep my feet up to reduce swelling), and I made us a sign!

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On one side of the sign, it says “Give Thanks.” We are able to use this as a advent-type calendar where we can add things that we are thankful for each day. Some days we are more serious than others:

  • a supportive family
  • a strong marriage
  • our home
  • becoming parents
  • second dinner
  • cheeseburgers
  • football
  • modern medicine
  • family recipes
  • 36 weeks!
  • belly laughs
  • our pets
  • fall weather
  • a good night’s sleep
  • Mucinex Extra Strength
  • a great job
  • lazy weekends

Give Thanks / Merry Mail Sign - DoyleDispatch.com

Give Thanks / Merry Mail Sign - DoyleDispatch.com

 

On the other side, it says “Merry Mail,” and we will be able to hang the different cards that we get all season.

Give Thanks / Merry Mail Sign - DoyleDispatch.com

Give Thanks / Merry Mail Sign - DoyleDispatch.com

One sign, two months of use. Love it! Now, I just have to come up with other signs for that area for the rest of the year.

Give Thanks / Merry Mail - DoyleDispatch.com

 

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A Hand-Made Sign

I am so excited that my business, Personally Yours, seems to be taking off. I have my beautiful new business cards and Facebook Page, and I even have the customers!

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My same wonderful friend (E) who “commissioned” me (doesn’t that sound so official?) to make these tags for her daughter’s birthday party also requested that I make a sign for her house based on this sign:

Blessing Sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

Blessing Sign by Aimee Weaver Designs

I love making items for E, because she is so easy-going and laid back about it. She just wanted it to be an off-white sign and black lettering with the same idea of making the “food,” “family,” and “love” in different fonts. The only other contingency was that it needed the sign to be 6″ x 60″. This is for the space above her kitchen window, and although she had extra space there, she knew that it needed to fit in that size to make it work and be able to be seen. What a challenge! I love challenges!

So, I went shopping for the background and we found that Home Depot sells great pieces of wood in their hardwoods and plywood. It was already cut in a 6×48 section, and I knew that it was perfect. Yes, it’s not the full 60″, but I felt after seeing it that any larger would be too disproportionate.

I got some Glidden flat wall paint in the sample size (plus, I have a ton left over for more projects later) in an off-white color, and I was good to go. Just a couple of coats of paint, some Oracal 651 vinyl, and I was finished! Now, I just have to drill some holes so that we can tie ribbon to it to hang. I am so pleased with how it turned out.

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Maybe once it’s up, I can get a picture of it in place!