A welcome sign at the front door provides a small symbol of appreciation for your friends and family who come to visit. It follows in the Aloha tradition of the pineapple as a welcome symbol and the Arab "dallah" coffee pot. Either of these symbols would make a nice addition to your welcome sign. As with any wooden craft, you can choose between rustic styling and a more finished-looking, formal end result. Base your choice on the style of your home if the sign is hung outside or on the room decor if the sign is hung indoors.
Drill two holes at the top of the wood plaque for hanging.
Distress the wood by rubbing it with rough sandpaper and a wire brush.
Sketch the letters on paper to determine the size and style for the sign. Copy your sketch onto the practice wood to use as a guide.
Burn a few of the letters onto the practice piece of wood to test the process. Make adjustments in your design and test them again on the practice wood.
Copy and burn the letters onto the final piece of wood.
Cut the wood using a jig saw into a decorative shape. Choose a simple oval, a rectangle with rounded corners or a more complicated design.
Sand the wood with fine sandpaper for a smooth finish.
Drill two holes at the top for hanging.
Sketch your design of letters and any pictures or stencils on paper.
Copy the sketch to the wood with a pencil or chalk.
Paint the design onto the wood and let dry according to the paint instructions.
Apply shellac or clear varnish and let dry completely before hanging.
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