Our next feature for Deck The Walls is a really fun ombre wood stain technique, turned into a great piece of wall art! It looks great in wood tones, but it could also be fun to use my favorite color-wash stain technique to do it in any color, too!
How to Make a Stained Wood Ombre Sign
by Ashley from Bigger Than The Three Of Us
Hi Guys! I’m Ashley from Bigger Than The Three Of Us I blog about DIY decor projects and house renovations (the good, the bad and the ugly!).
I’m excited to be sharing another wall art piece with you today. Today, it’s all about wood and warmth. I’ve always loved quotes. I wanted to mix a quote that I love in a modern, eclectic way. That brings me to this project; an Ombre Art piece featuring a quote.
This is one of those can’t-really-mess-up-type projects. Gotta love those right?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Cheap wood (I used 12, 1″x2″x6′ which were $.97 each)
- Multiple Stains
- Quote Art (Hand letter your own or buy one)
- Thin plywood
- Mounting Hardware
- Paint Brush
Your first step is to prep your supplies. If you are wanting to do the ombre look, then gather all your stains. If you are wanting to just have a consistent look, then pick out your stain.
I picked out 6 stains or so that I knew I would use and used them first.
After those six stains, it was a bit of guesswork trying to get the ombre. I wasn’t looking for perfect, I just wanted something eclectic and fun. I kept going until I finished with all my boards.
Once the boards dried, I used a miter saw and cut them in half. Once they were cut, I arranged them from light to dark and then back to light again. From there, I flipped them over. I used a scrap piece of thin plywood and stapled the plywood into the boards. It was helpful to have an extra set of hands here, but you could have also used a large clamp to clamp everything together.
Flip your piece over and the next step is to paint in your quote.
I laid the vinyl quote cut-out on top and taped it down so it wouldn’t move. Very lightly, I brushed paint on over the vinyl. On this part, it’s important to not glob the paint on. You are painting over multiple boards, so you just want to take extra precaution so that the paint doesn’t bleed.
Gently peel back your vinyl overlay to reveal your painted art.
Put your hanging hardware on the back of it and you are ready to hang it.
There’s a few steps to this project but they are all super simple. You could get different looks by using different stains or even by staining some boards and not others. As far as cost goes, be creative with what you have on hand. If you love the ombre, but don’t own multiple stains… ask to borrow from neighbors or friends. You use about 1/4 cup of stain on each wood piece so it doesn’t make sense to buy lots of cans. Just remember to have fun with it and make it your own!
Thanks for sharing, Ashley!
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