A Couple of Easy Homemade Gifts

December 19, 2015

My oldest daughter likes a fun shop in Forest Lake, Minesota, called the Vintage Junky.  She liked these addition signs but without the frames.  

I had a piece of pine value wood from a Menard's bin of odd pieces and seconds.  It's a 1" x 6".  I first stained the board with dark walnut stain, and then painted it with three coats of DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Lace.  I had these cardboard stencils with a very basic font and blocky numerals and letters.  I laid them out like so, and used the letter "I" as the addition line.  (I had to double it, and I taped off part of it for the plus sign)

I hope she likes it!  If not, I can sell it in my shop.  I hate to admit it but my kids DO NOT follow my blog, so I am sure she will not see this!

 My youngest daughter wanted a scarf hanger.  I was lucky enough to find a this thrift shop arched sign that was originally country blue with a scene painted on it.  I base coated it in DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint in Lace as well.  I then added a stenciled Fleur d'lis and black iron Hobby Lobby hooks.  

I distressed both of my projects with 100 grit on the edges,  and 220 grit sandpaper on the stencils.  Time to put the craft supplies and paint away until after Christmas!

Update:  The scarf hanger was a hit!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

Sharing is caring

Receive my Posts and Newsletters to your Email

Comment with Facebook


  1. I read all your posts, rarely comment but wanted to tell you that your creativity is very much appreciated. Pinned the addition sign today. Seasons best wishes.


  2. The flash cards are so fun, Carlene...I bet she'll love them!

  3. This is such a clever idea! I MUST put it on my to-do list for 2016.

  4. Pinned. I know you would say this was so easy, but I don't care if I could do it with my eyes shut, I LOVE THE FLASH CARDS! I have the same stencils, from Menards, and I want to make some of these. Merry Christmas Carlene.


Post a Comment

Thanks for your comments! I respond to most comments by email unless anonymous or no reply blogger. I also have a facebook comment box.
By leaving a comment you are consenting to your email being collected for communication purposes only. Your privacy is important to me.