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“We the People” Farmhouse Sign
I’m so excited that it’s time to decorate for the Fourth of July! I love decorating for Halloween and Christmas but I LOVE love decorating for the Fourth of July. I’m slowly figuring out how to include red, white, and blue in every room of my home (super easy to do in the bedroom of baseball loving boys) and the pops of American pride everywhere I look makes my heart happy.
As I was preparing to decorate for the fourth this year I had a few projects in mind that I wanted to add to the house and then I was up late one night watching a show and a whole new project came to mind.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
I love the Preamble of the Constitution and I was so excited about the idea I came up with that I started on it immediately and it came together exactly how I imagined it in my head.
This is the first farmhouse sign I have made and it came together so easily I immediately made 4 more.
To make my sign I used the following materials:
1″x 4″ common board cut to 18″ x 2
1″x 2″ common board cut to 18″ x 2
1″x 2″ common board cut to 8.5″ x 2
(these measurements will give you a finished sign of 19.5″x 8.5″. When buying boards it is important or at least good to note that a 1″x 2″ board is actually 3/4″x 1.5″, you need to know these measurements to get proper cut lengths)
wood stain (I used minwax Dark Walnut)
cream paint (Country Chic Vanilla Frosting)
While you can create a farmhouse sign any size, I created this one specifically to fit “We the People“. Also, you can use the measurements above as a guideline but please measure, measure, and measure again before you make any cuts. If you don’t have a saw, you can get your cuts done where you purchase your lumber.
Before assembly paint your 1″x 4” boards, I used Country Chic Vanilla Frosting paint and I highly recommend it. I did a solid 2 coats letting fully dry between coats. I also stained all my frame pieces and let them dry before assembly, stain was one quick coat.
While the paint and stain are drying you’ve got the perfect opportunity to cut your vinyl. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut my vinyl. Instead of trying to find a font that I would work I hit google and typed in “We the People”, then clicked on images. I then created this .svg file that is easily uploaded to design space. To fit my DIY farmhouse sign I manipulated “We the People” to the size of 5″x 16″, this gave me 1″ on each end and top and bottom from the words to the frame.
Once paint and stain are dry apply a thin line of wood glue along the long side of one 18″ 1″x 4″ board, line 1 18″ 1″x 2″ board so the back sides are flush. Using a nail gun close to the back of the boards attach the pieces together with finish nails approximately 3″ apart. Apply wood glue to the short sides and then attach frame pieces the same way, continue to build your sign by applying wood glue and nails to each piece.
When applying your vinyl it is important to make sure your paint is totally dry. I highly recommend trimming your vinyl to just around the letters in as straight of lines as you can get. This makes placement much easier, I also recommend doing the same with your transfer tape. I marked 1″ in from all edges and then using the e’s in We, the, and people lined up my words. Because the e’s are in every word and pretty evenly spread out they are the perfect way to make sure your words stay straight. As you can see in my photos I used the center line of the wood and placed the e’s in the same place all the way across.
Once finished you’ll have a sign you may just want to leave up year round. I seriously love it, I’ve moved it to a few different places in my house and it is just perfect no matter where I set it.
Do you love the farmhouse sign trend? Do you have one in your home? I love the look of them and now I love how easy they are to make! I am trying to decide what exactly I want to make for above my pantry, I know I want a farmhouse sign but I’m not positive about what I want it to say…any suggestions?
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