It’s September!! Woo-whoo!! My favorite time of year, for all the obviously, glorious fall-y reasons…the main one being it’s college football season! We are big, huge, ridiculous, jump on the table, punch our neighbors (he’s a big guy), talk about it on date night kind of college football fans. I grew up in Auburn, AL…home of Auburn University, where I also went to college. My husband came for grad school and that is where we met, became friends, fell in love and got married. So, this sign is perfect for me to make and give as presents.
As much as we loved Virginia (we LOVED it), we always knew that if we had the opportunity to move back to a college town we would look at it. When my husband got offered a wonderful job in Stillwater, OK we decided to go for it. There is nothing that comes close to the excitement and hype of a college town on game day. I love to see the kids get their orange on and getting excited over tailgating and fanfare. It just feels like home to me. So, needless to say, I’m glad to be living in a college town for football season for the first time in 14 years! Is that right? Geez.
Anyway, I wanted to show off this sign I made for my bestie back in Auburn a few years ago. I didn’t take enough pics, this was from my pre-blogging days.
These boards are super easy to make and you can write whatever you like on them, this is just my little college gameday take on it. I took some 1x4s and cut 6 pieces at 24″ each. Then, I took a 1×2 piece of wood and cut two pieces at 20″ each. I clamped the 1x4s together and placed the small pieces on the back. Countersinking some holes and screwing them together at each 1×4. I also used a little wood glue just to be super secure. You can then hang a picture hanger wire between the small boards.
Then I flipped it back over and painted the whole thing.
For the lettering, I took the extra hard way because I didn’t know about carbon paper. If you have a super fancy stencil maker thing, this would be even easier. What I did was set up mine in Microsoft Word. I put my paper size to be the size of the board (or as close to the size of the board as I could get. Then I made the design the way I wanted it and printed it out on regular-sized sheets of paper. Make sure and use the “outline” feature on the letters to use WAY less ink. I sometimes had one or two letters per page, but that’s okay.
Next, (and this is what took forever), I cut each letter out and placed them on the board where I wanted. So, I didn’t take pictures at this point (I wasn’t blogging yet), but I basically just made my own little stencils. if you can find carbon paper, you can trace it very easily, and that is a huge time saver. Then I took a very light pencil and traced around the cutouts. After I had it all just so, I painted the letters using acrylic paints. I used Sharpie pens on some, but the Sharpie pens fade in the sun I’ve been told. If you are going to put them outside, stick to acrylics and maybe add a layer of Polycrylic or some other protective glaze.
And that’s it! Sorry for the lack of pictures, but if you have any questions at all, ask away.
Happy Fall, and as we say around here, Happy College Football Season!
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College Football DIY Wall Sign
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