I decided that if I'm gonna do another craft show (& hopefully more than that in the future), then I'm going to need some sort of sign that represents my business. It was also kind of inspired by the 8" swirly fun wooden letters that I found at Hobby Lobby.
I cut 4 identical pieces of wood with my miter saw (22 in. long, and I believe they were 1x5 or 6), then stained every other one with Minwax Jacobean stain and Minwax Red Mahogany stain. I attached them with Gorilla wood glue and stapled the back with a staple gun. I then put one coat of Minwax Polyurethane Gloss finish over all of it.
I spray painted the cute swirly letters with Rustoleum Painter's Touch spray paint (color: Nutmeg).
I then knew I needed some thin cheap wood scraps, because I wanted to piece together a few pieces similar to the larger pieces I was mounting everything to. I found some cedar shims at Home Depot (they're mainly meant for paint stirring, or door and window installation for leveling material, etc . . .), but they also worked perfectly for what I needed them for. I sanded them and glued 3 pieces together. Then used Elmer's spray adhesive (a temporary bond) to temporarily attach the paper reverse stencil letters.
Then spray painted them with the same color spray paint, Nutmeg.
I attached everything with Gorilla wood glue . . .
. . . and voila! It's ready for the craft show this Saturday!
I like words. I find vocabulary fascinating. My screen saver is literally rotating definitions of random vocabulary words. Dictionary.com's Word of the Day pops up on my phone every day. I literally own a book called The Vocabulary Builder. You'd think that my conversation would be oozing with words in which few people know the meaning. It's definitely not.
But regardless, I like words. I also like Scrabble - always have. When I was younger, my parents bought me a deluxe Scrabble game for Christmas, with a turntable base and ridged letter spaces. I loved it. So naturally, I liked the idea of creating something out of old Scrabble letters.
I found an old Scrabble game at Red Racks Thrift Store down the road for $3. And my wonderful father-in-law and sister-in-law have also found and donated old Scrabble games for the cause.
I decided to use the actual Scrabble board for the base of the coaster as well.
I used Gorilla wood glue to glue the letters onto the back of the board . . .
. . . then after it dried used my jigsaw to cut around the letters. I sanded off the rough edges using my sander, then used a Minwax polyurethane finish over the whole thing.
And voilà! Super fun. Super easy. And my husband even loves them.