April 27, 2012

Martha Stewart Mother's Day Campaign: Stenciled Garden Sign

A couple of months ago I signed up to be a part of an exciting Blueprint Social campaign sponsored by Plaid to test out a new line of Martha Stewart's Craft Supplies. You can guess that I had a lot of fun getting this huge box of freebies and dreaming up a project to make for a Mother's Day gift. (Check out what I got to choose from here.)

When I found out that  Martha's new craft paints were good for use indoors or out on wood, glass, metal, fabric and just about any surface I figured the sky was the limit with what I could create.

So, my task was to create a pretty Mother's Day gift using any of the supplies in my goody box. Knowing how much my mom enjoys being outside made me think she might like a decorative garden sign.

 So, in the spirit of repurposing I grabbed a pallet plank from my stash, picked out some of the adhesive and monogram stencils, paint and brushes to design a bright sign to hang outdoors.

Here's what I used for my pallet garden sign:

pallet plank
staple gun
Martha Stewart Monogram stencils
Martha Stewart Craft Paints
Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils
stencil brushes
paint brushes
stencil tape
electric sander and sandpaper

First, I secured a piece of rope to the back of each end of the wood with a staple gun so it could be hung from a branch or nail. 

Then I spread out my monogram stencils to spell out the word "GARDEN" across the pallet. 

I drew a line down each edge of the stencil so I could paint the background in sections before stenciling the words.

Next, I painted in the penciled in sections with two alternating colors of brown and fuschia.

I decided to sand down my dried painted wood before adding the stencils to give the sign that nice distressed, weathered look I love.  

Then, I used the adhesive stencil, stencil brush and paint to add a design between the sections where my letters would go with a light aqua. 

I also taped off squares in each section using the stencil tape and painted them in a medium aqua in for even more color borders before adding the letters. 

It was finally time to spell out my word!  I used my monogram stencil and smaller stencil brush to add each letter in brown.  Once these were dry I outlined each one with my light aqua to add contrast. 

I decided my sign was done after adding a few flowery stencils around each letter in light aqua. 

And the humble pallet was transformed! The project had taken a few more steps than I had envisioned in the first place but it was worth it because I was really happy with the nice pops of color in the end result.

Here are a few beauty shots of the garden sign hanging in my yard:

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I have to tell you, I was really impressed with the quality of the Martha paints. I loved the pretty, modern colors and how smooth they were to apply. And I admit stenciling was a craft I used to shy away from because I thought it would be too easy to mess up, but the adhesive ones were so easy to work with and could be used again. Also using stencil tape to hold down the letters helped too. 

Now, I love stenciling and plan on using these again-maybe on fabric next time?

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I wrote this post as a part of a paid campaign with Plaid and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are 100% my own.

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  1. So very cute! Would love this in my garden!

  2. WOW!! That turned out beautiful!!

  3. Very pretty. You did a fantastic job!

  4. Yeah! Good job! I like the sign.

  5. This is super cute! I love the stencils you used. It almost looks like lace, and lace in the garden seems dreamy. :) Great job!

    1. Thanks, Michele-I appreciate your kind words-I kind of thought it turned out looking lacey and romantic too :)

  6. This is so cute!! I love the bright colors!!

    1. Thanks Amanda-I wasn't sure about them at first, but once it all came together I was really happy with it too.

  7. What a great idea! That is a fabulous sign.

  8. I so totally love it, so much so if you decide to make another one, then find you have NO where to put it, you can feel comfortable knowing you problem would be solved by sending it to me! So cute, and so nice. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

    1. Thanks, Cathy! Ha ha...ok, if I make another one I can't put anywhere I'll make sure to send it your way :) So glad you like it!

  9. This is very pretty! You took great pictures too. Good job!

  10. So cute!! ......and btw I'm so jealous of all your martha stewart freebies! ;)

    1. Thank you Lindsay-I feel really spoiled to have gotten all that fun stuff :) But I do share!

  11. The sign looks great hanging in your garden. Wonderful job on this project!

    1. Thanks Christina! I appreciate it and am really happy with the end result too!

  12. This is so great and I have 2 pallet planks in my garage, believe it or not I spent an hour in hobby lobby today looking for a cute sign to hank on my back porch why this never dawned on me is beyond me. I featured it on my facebook page if you'd like to see it

    1. thanks, Kelley! I usually try to think of cheap or free/repurposing for my projects-helps with imagining projects too. So glad you liked it and feature it!


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