One of my dear friends had her second baby boy last week. Since I made a sign for his big brother, I figured baby Riley needed one too! I absolutely love how this one turned out! And it didn't require purchasing anything at all...not even paint. I had everything I needed, right down to the lemon ("Lemon?" you ask. Read on!) This is how I made it.
Step 1: Obtain a piece of raw wood. In my case, it was an oval plaque that I think my mom gave me 12 years ago. Or something like that.
Step 2: Paint. I used homemade milk paint (that's where the lemon comes in). Let the paint dry. No need to let it cure for two years like I did.
Step 3: Create your text on Pic Monkey or something similar and print it in an appropriate size. Mine looked like this:
And ended up the perfect size for my little oval.
Step 5: Outline and fill in the letters with a black sharpie.
Step 6: Rub on a coat of homemade furniture wax. I did this before antiquing, because the milk paint is completely water soluable and would have been ruined.
Step 7: After a suitable amount of time (5 minutes in my case...I was running short on time), buff off the excess wax.
Step 8: Mix some brown paint with water to make a glaze, paint it on your piece, and rub off immediately. I just used the same cloth I buffed the wax with. To get a bit more of the stain off, and wear the letters down a bit, I dampened a corner of the cloth.
Step 9: Staple a ribbon on the back or otherwise attach a hanging device.