Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Box Sign From...A Box!

Cardboard Box Sign

I'm sure you've seen these everywhere: box signs. Cute little statements written in white on a black canvas. They are very popular and you can buy them anywhere you find home decor. But why buy them if you can make them, right? 

This was my inspiration. I saw this one in TJMaxx and even though it wasn't very expensive ($12.99, I think), FREE sounds much better to me.

I decided to make my box sign from none other than...a box! I had this empty file folder box and it looked perfect for the job.

The shape was very similar to a canvas so I figured it would look right. I like using cardboard because it’s free, it’s not going to be heavy on the wall, and it’s recycling what would otherwise be headed to a landfill. 

I gave it a good coat of black acrylic paint.

While it was drying, I went over to my computer and picked out the fonts I would be using for the letters. 
I cut my letters out with my Silhouette cutter but you could cut them by hand or if you happen to have any stencils, use them.

(One thing I didn’t take a picture of is that I wrote on the box with white chalk and then wiped it away to add to the aged/worn look.  You can’t really distress a cardboard box much, you know!)

I used a paint marker to fill in the letters.

After lifting up the stencil, I went around the edges of the letters again to neaten them up. I am kind of sloppy with letters, even with a stencil.

When I was done, I realized I had too much space between the word dreams and come so I free-handed the word "do" in cursive.  I think I like it better saying "Dreams Do Come True”.

Cardboard Box Sign Word Art
What do you think?

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  1. you could do something like this with leftover wood or just about anything! Free is good, and when you are ready for a change...make another one :)

  2. Pinned this! I'm with you - FREE is always better. Great Idea.

  3. Kathie-cute project. I love that phrase. :) good thinking using the paint pen... I've used them before I had my Silhouette. :)

    have a great weekend,

  4. Love, love, love this! Now why didn't I think of that, to use a box?! Genius :) I just bought one of these signs for $10. It's the one that says, "No Monsters by Order of the Management." I don't think my letters would turn out as nice as yours anyway, so oh well! (But I will be trying this in the future, so I'm going to pin it!)

  5. Very smart using the box! Great job! I love it! :-)

  6. Very cute idea! I'm working on some shoe box art myself. Barb

  7. Wow, truly an upcycle and refashion! I would love for you to link this up to The CSI project this week. The challenge is refashions/upcycles. This would be perfect and you just might WIN! Come on over each week for a new challenge, new tutorials and new judges.

  8. Thanks for sharing at Snips & Spice Sunday Slice. I featured you this week!