Good morning Jillibean Soup fans! Today I am sharing this great outside home décor DIY project using a large Mix the Media Wood Plank project and some Jillibean Happy Hues paint too!
I have been saving the large 18x24 Mix the Media wood plank board for a mega project – but what? I really wanted a Wood Plank outside my house and so this size was perfect to decorate for the holidays.
I grabbed a few basic supplies for this project. Some Happy Hues paint, a stencil, makeup sponges, some Mod Podge and a little sandpaper.
As always, I start by lightly sanding the base of the natural wood plank. Although the natural color is perfect on its own, I really wanted a white surface to start with for this one, so I used some Witty White Happy Hues paint to paint the entire background of the wood plank. To be honest, I wanted a really distressed look, so I only added paint towards the middle of the wood plank and wasn’t super careful when I moved it across the surface. I left the outer edges more natural to the wood color.
Once the paint was dry, I sanded the top and edges again to get that really distressed look. I found a tree shape from my local craft store. It was distressed white, but I wanted a green tree, so I added a coat of green Happy Hues paint to the top, and sanded the top and edges again once it dried completely. I added it to the top of the large wood plank using craft glue dots to secure in place.
Next, it was time to get a sentiment onto the back of my project! I die-cut the word “Christmas” using a cut file from the Silhouette store and some adhesive vinyl.
I transferred the image to the bottom of the wood plank and rubbed it carefully in place with a scraper.
The vinyl looks pretty on its’ own, but there was so much room left – why not add more color!
I created a quick stencil using stencil material and the chunky alphabet Jillibean Soup cut file from the Silhouette store to spell out the word MERRY.
I pressed the stencil in place and then lightly dabbed red Happy Hues paint on top of the stencil until the word was complete.
The key to this is to really GO LIGHTLY when you dab on the paint. Do not rub it or brush it on, or your paint can bleed beneath your stencil and you will get something like this:
BOO, right!? NO worries, we can correct this! I continued on with the sentiment on the rest of the wood plank. I had a second stencil cut with slightly larger letters and used it as a spacer between the words, so that paint would not rub onto my hands – and then onto the rest of the project too!
I removed the spacer and continued on with the other MERRY and repeated until I was happy with how many words I had on the wood plank.
It was then time to go back and fill in the empty spaces with the other sized MERRY I had cut on my digital die cut machine.
Alright, how pretty is that red color right! Love it, so rich and festive. Now, it’s time to fix up my bleeding boo-boos. I grabbed a thin paintbrush and dabbed on more white paint over the smooshed areas and let it dry.
When it was dry, I decided to sand over the entire area of the painted words for a more distressed look. Be careful to let your paint dry completely, mine must have been ever so slightly damp as the red moved a little when I sanded my wood plank. Really, I am just not patient.
Once it was all sanded, I added a thin layer of Stickles to the green tree for a little sparkle. I also covered the entire thing with Mod Podge to help it handle the cold winter here in Canada a little better.