How to Make a Driftwood JOY Sign
This DIY driftwood finish JOY sign or rather the MDF board it is painted on was a Word art plaque in bad shape rescued from the clearance aisle at Home Goods. I got my hands on it about 3 years ago and made a half hearted attempt at refinishing it without having a clear idea of what I wanted do with it. The result….a pathetic looking whatever you want to call it.
At the blogging conference, Haven I came across this wonderful DIY drift wood finish product. It is like a magic in that pouch; you mix the powder with water and brush it on a sanded wooden surface, even MDF as you can see, it makes the perfect drift wood finish!
I used about half a teaspoon of the powder mixed with a cup of water. Follow the instructions on the packet and after 3 coats or so your MDF board will look weathered and drift woody. Now to make the stencils….oh I took the easiest route and printed them straight off my computer. It did take a few iterations of re-sizing and tweaking to make it fit to the size of the board.
With an Exacto knife I cut the letters out, taped it to the board, and went to town with a stencil sponge and Kilz primer.
Once the primer was dry I repeated the sponge painting with 2 coats of Red acrylic paint. After a light sanding with a fine grit sandpaper to give it an aged look it was time to embellish.
I used small nails next to the letters to hang a bell garland that I found at the Dollar Store last year. And voila!
We love holiday decorating! You can try my spin on the classic “JOY” sign here with this string art:
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