DIY Sign with Iron On Graphics – Thrift Store Upcycle
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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!
This turned out wonderfully! What a great transformation!
Wondering before and after transformations. Thank you.
Wow, awesome! Will have to stop passing by “ugly” art knowing you can totally change it up. Visiting from Thrift Store Upcycle.
I love this sign!! The Graphics Fairy is one of my favorite places for free images. I used this same image on a bench not too long ago. It’s perfect with your blog name too!
Super cute! I can’t wait to try this!
Uh oh, I think I need to add transfer paper to me craft stash…lol. Love how easy the transfer paper makes this project.
This is gorgeous. I love the image you chose and I’ve never heard of this type of transfer. I’m going to have to check it out. Wonderful project as always ladies. Love it.
What a great transformation! I love upcycle projects. The finished sign looks beautiful, I love that beehive.
Love the sign, ladies! Thrift store transformations are my favourite! Hope you’re both having a terrific weekend! Xo
Love it! The image looks so crisp!
Very cute! I had no idea there was such a thing for wood, but now I must try!
I need to try the transfer paper!! I love this transformation, it looks awesome!
I love this entire process. I have never used these iron on transfers before and I think I may need to start. I was looking around at your blog and I just love it. You have some great posts to read and great projects to look at. Very nice!
It turned out great! And how perfect is it with that bee hive basket? Love the styling.
Ladies this turned out beautifully, I love that print. It’s probably my favorite I’ve seen on her sight. I’ll have to try that transfer paper, it seems like a huge time saver.
Awesome transformation and perfect for farmhouse decor!
Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!
I love how this turned out, what a great idea. This would make a fantastic gift for a new homeowner.
This is so crazy cool, you guys! I can’t even believe it’s the same sign. I love the graphic you chose and seriously you can’t beat a dollar. Love this fabulous idea, ladies! Hugs, CoCo