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DIY Sign with Iron On Graphics – Thrift Store Upcycle
Can you believe that an entire month has gone by since our last challenge? We can’t either. We look forward to this series each and every month. Thrifting is our jam and upcycling is our soul. We get super revved up when we are fortunate to find a thrifted item for a great price. When the magic truly happens is when inspiration strikes with an idea to give that item a makeover. This month we created a DIY sign with iron on graphics.
Yes, iron-on graphics!
Let’s get started! Once again we have teamed up with our blogger friends. You won’t believe the creativity this month – mind blowing!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Erlene | My Pinterventures Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog Jes | My DIY Envy Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Sue | A Purdy Little House Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Sherry | Savvy Apron Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali Denise | My Thrifty House Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek
Toni | Small Home Soul Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Medina | Grillo Designs Karen | Dragonfly & Lily Pads
Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!
- Thrift store sign
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White
- Purdy’s Paintbrush – like THIS one
- Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artists Paper You can get it HERE
Here’s how the DIY sign with iron on graphics came together…
We lucked out at a local thrift store and found this sign for just $1.00. Even though this challenge doesn’t have a money limit, we like to see how low we can go! Although this sign is cute, it just isn’t our style. This is basically a paper print that has been adhered to pressed wood.
You know how much we love the power of paint. We came up with the idea to make a sign for Jenn’s home office. Other than knowing that we wanted the signage to be vintage inspired we weren’t quite sure what we were going to make.
The top of the lake sign was painted with one thick coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. Drying time was 24 hours.
We searched one of our favorite sites for vintage graphics…The Graphic’s Fairy. She had this fabulous beehive artwork…
We added the EST. 1901 at the bottom to commemorate the year that Jenn’s Victorian home was built. Cute, right?
We have never used iron on transfer paper on wood before. Throwing caution to the wind we decided to just go for it.
This transfer paper is hands-down our most favorite paper to work with. We used it make our Drop Cloth Farmer’s Market Tote Bags, THIS pillow and THIS pillow. Affiliate link provided for your convenience.
You can purchase the Transfer Artist Paper HERE. We printed the beehive graphic in reverse on our home computer.
Once you’ve printed your design, you just use an iron (without water on the steam setting) to transfer the graphic to the wood. Be very careful to not burn yourself. Also, do not leave the the iron too long on the graphic as it can burn the wood. Make sure to gently pull back the transfer paper. If parts of it art stuck, put the hot iron back onto that area. You want to remove the transfer right away while it is still hot. Let it cool down completely before you touch it.
We love how it turned out and is the perfect addition for the home office.
We can’t wait to try using the transfer paper on other wood projects.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what our fellow upcyclers created below!