May 03, 2012

Grass Is Greener Sign - now for SALE

So do you remember the "Grass is Greener" sign I made month ago or so?  I had a lot of great feedback on it from you guys, so I teamed up with Laura from Say It On the Wall to sell the vinyl for it HERE.  Now you can all make it really easily (even if you don't have a Silhouette).  Woo-hoo!  Here's a picture of a new sign I made using her vinyl.  (Yeah, it looks just like the first one.  That's the point :)

I also want to show you step by step how to make this exact sign.  It's really easy AND it would make a great Mother's day present.  
First off, you go to a home improvement store (like the Depot) and grab a 1x12 pine board.  There's a 6' board for about $8, which you can have them cut there for free.  Have them cut it in half and you'll have two 3' boards.  (You could do the project with a friend or make one for yourself and one to give away.)  If you don't need 2 boards you can buy the 4' board, but you'll still need them to cut a foot off it.

The 1x12 board is technically 11" wide (not 12") and this vinyl from Say It On the Wall is meant and designed for this exact board.  Sweet, huh?  

Give the edges a quick sanding, so you don't get any splinters as you work with it.

I wanted my wood to look weathered so I took some black acrylic paint and watered it down.  I water it down a LOT.  It's better to water it down too much than not enough because if you stain the wood too dark there's no going back.  

Brush it on and them wipe it off.  If it's too light you can apply another coat.  Now obviously, you could also choose to just paint the board any color you want - watered down or solid.

Let the board dry.  When you order your vinyl it will come like this.  There's a clear layer of transfer tape over it.

First you'll need to rub it down so that the vinyl will really stick to the top layer as you peel it off.  A credit card works great for this.  After rubbing it, slowly peel off the backing, being sure that the vinyl is sticking to the transfer tape as it should.

Once you'll got it all off you line it up and place it on the board.

Time for more rubbing.  My little guys like helping with this part.

Then you carefully remove the top layer.  I like to pull it off at this angle, applying some pressure to the vinyl as I do it.

And BAM!  You're done.  Pretty easy, right?

So, if you'd like to order some vinyl you can buy it for $20 right HERE.

Thanks for reading!  See you tomorrow with a few, fun announcements.


EverErin said...

Thank you, Thank you!! I showed my husband some of your projects and he said that I should get a Silhouette. Then I showed him the price. I told him that I often skip over Silhouette posts because I don't have the money or time for Silhouette projects right now, and it is in a way protecting my heart from coveting.

Maybe later this year I will have room in my life to properly do all the crafts I want to, but this is a great way to short cut it and start without the initial investment!!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Oh my heck! How cute would this be next to my garden/potting bench?? I just might break down and buy this, Cheri. . . ;)

Maureen said...


Would you please e-mail me? I have a question that I would like to ask you privately. Thanks!
My e-mail is


Anonymous said...

Great idea darlin! Love it, and for folks that don't want to make the investment in a Silhouette that's a great idea.

Is the vinyl the kind that would work for outdoors too?


HC said...

Hiya Cheri. Will I be avle to buy it from Denmark?

HC said...

Yikes two spelling mistakes. Sorry! I meant will I be ABLE to buy it from Denmark. And my name is Hannah not Hannaj (why would anyones name be Hannaj???)

iammommahearmeroar said...

Here is what Laura said in response to your question:

The vinyl is regular vinyl that wouldn't hold up very well outdoors. I can list an outdoor vinyl version, but it's more expensive so it would be $5 more. Do you want me to list it?

(Just contact her if you'd like to order it that way. Thanks!)

iammommahearmeroar said...

Hey Hannah! I talked to Laura and this is what she said:

My website is not set up to ship international orders, but I do ship internationally. What they would need to do is checkout normally and select any state at checkout. Then, when the order is ready to ship, I will package it and weigh it and then invoice the customer for the additional shipping (I charge only for the shipping charges, no handling on international orders). Once the invoice is paid, the order will ship and be on its way!


Unknown said...

Really cute!!!!!!!

ann said...

Super cute. Thanks for making it available! I love everything on your blog, by the way. It may be my favorite of the many that I follow. I really enjoy your Wake up Wednesdays... I think it is great that you use the platform you have on your blog to inspire goodness. Keep it up!


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