Still looking for a fun Father’s Day gift? This Gone Fishing Mini Wood Sign is perfect for your dad if he loves fishing. My dad doesn’t but my uncle does – and I’m pretty sure he would love this! This wood sign is a breeze to make if you have a die-cutter but you can totally create it even if you don’t have one.
My wood was actually a leftover for a shelf project I was doing not too long ago – it was a 1″ x 5″ x 8′ rough pine board bought at my local hardware store for $3.50. If you are purchasing wood, you can have them cut it down to size for you. My wood sign ended up measuring 1″ x 5″ 12″ – so in actuality, if you are purchasing a pine board for this, one board would give you enough for 8 signs!
- 1″ x 5″ x 8″ Rough Pine Board – cut to 12″ lengths
- Sander or Sandpaper
- Silhouette Cameo, other die cutter (optional) or Craft knife
- Vinyl & Transfer Tape
- Acrylic Paint
- Foam Brush
- Eye Hooks with Screw Pegs
- Drill with 1/16″ Drill bit
- Jute Twine
- Printable Template (for person use only – download here)
Step 1. Cut and sand your wood. Have your local hardware store cut it for you or cut it yourself with a saw. If you purchased the nicer pine, you wouldn’t need to sand as much. I purchased the cheaper pine so I broke out my trusty mouse sander to help with the sanding. Wipe it down with a clean damp cloth afterwards.
Step 3. Cut your template and apply it onto the wood. You want the paint to be really dry before you do this, or you’ll risk not having your stencil adhere onto the wood properly. I cut my stencil out of vinyl for this project. Use a scraper to make sure your stencil is adhered properly. Remove the transfer.
Step 5. Paint your top color – I used a warm white to give a nice, old feel to it. I also used petroleum jelly on the edges and some of the surface to give it a more distressed look later. Use a dry brush for the top paint to give a streaky, unfinished feel. Paint the sides and the backside as well.
Step 7. Sand to distress – again, I used my trusty palm sander for this – it just makes everything so easy. You can also use sandpaper though it may take a bit longer to give you the results you are looking for. You can also opt to not distress the sign! Coat your sign with polycrylic once dry to protect and seal it, specially if you are hanging it outside.
This wood sign is an easy and thoughtful Father’s Day gift for any dad who loves to fish. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don’t forget to visit my blog for more tutorials and freebies like this! Happy crafting, folks!