I have adored the Ghandi quote â€œBelieve there is good in the world,â€ with the emphasis on â€œBe the Goodâ€ that many people have made into pallet art, t-shirts and printables.Â I wanted a smaller sign for the gallery wall in my studio.Â Armed with some 5 gallon paint sticks I got to work on it and I am so pleased with the results.
11 â€“ five gallon paint sticks
nickels for spacers
vinyl and transfer tape (available for purchase here!)
1.Â Cut off the handles of the paint stick with a saw.Â This will allow you a little more than 17â€ in width.Â Cut 9 of those to that length.
2.Â Next cut two to 13â€.Â This will be the slats on the back that you will glue the 17â€ lengths to.
3.Â Next glue the 17â€ lengths onto the 13â€ widths lining up the top stick with the top of the 13â€ width.Â I used another paint stick as a guide, left and right to place where my 13â€ widths would go.
4.Â Then use nickels as spacers.Â Next, use wood glue to glue them all in place.Â Let it sit overnight to dry.
Tip: in the above picture to the bottom left you can see my 13â€ paint stick that I am gluing everything to.Â To the left of that is another paint stick I used as a spacer.
5.Â Next I sanded, primed and painted the front of the board.Â It is important to sand to make sure the board is nice and smooth when applying your vinyl or else it doesnâ€™t stick well.
6.Â After you paint it sand it lightly again so that the surface is nice and smooth and ready for the vinyl.
Click here if you want the file for the Silhouette Machine. Font used: Apple Myungjo Â If you don’t have a Silhouette machine but want to order the vinyl Laura from “Say it on the Wall” has it available for $14.
7.Â Cut out the vinyl and remove all the letters.Â You can use a stick pin to remove them.
8.Â Transfer the vinyl stencil to the board and press it down for a nice seal.
9.Â Next tape off any areas with leftover vinyl or transfer tape that you donâ€™t want to paint.Â I used white spray paint to spray the letters.
10.Â Remove the vinyl right away.Â After dry, tape off the part you just painted and paint the rest of the letters.Â Remove vinyl with a stick pin.
11.Â Once dry give it a quick rub with a 3M Sanding Sponge to distress it a little.
12.Â Optional: Because I didnâ€™t put the vinyl on centered I wanted to embellish the sign a little so I added some twine to the left edge.
I attached it to the wall with 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips (love them!).
Projects left to right: Silhouette America advent calendar frame, Be the Good sign, Family Silhouette Pallet art on barnwood, Indiana love sign
Originally posted March of 2014
I have never seen that saying with the emphasis on “be the good”. So cool! I love your artwork and the gallery wall is wonderful–very personal. I had never noticed the silhouette family photo–very unique! Great project and gallery wall. I am saving this one. 🙂
Fabu! I am pinning this!
Oh my goodness. Thank you for the Silhouette file!!!! You are so kind to share. I’ve wanted to make this sign for a while too; it gives me goosebumps when I think about the message there. Designing a quote in Silhouette is not my favorite thing to do, so this is such a nice surprise to see today. Thanks!
Love this saying! Sharing on my fb page today!!
You are very welcome! I’d love to know how your sign comes out.
Thanks for the pin, Wendy!
I love making my decor meaningful and really wouldn’t have it any other way! Here’s the link to the Family Silhouette Pallet Art if you want to check it out.
This is soooooooooooooo cute!! Love it! I need to make more signs. It’s so much cheaper than buying them. Nice job 🙂
Thanks, Kelly! I am glad you like it. I love making signs. They are crazy cheap and easily customized!