Hi and welcome back! It’s another round of our Create and Share challenge. This months post is sponsored by GraphicStock. We were challenged to use one of their images, vectors or illustrations for a DIY home decor project. Of course my bloggy friends hit it out of the park. And better yet – you get to check out GraphicStock for free for seven days!
This started as an old fence in my friend Misty’s parents yard. When they tore it down, she grabbed all the wood and her and our other friend made some super cool stuff with it. Including this Oklahoma sign. So, I didn’t actually make the sign. But, you could easily do one with a graphic stock image. I’ll get to that in a minute.
To make a board like this, download THIS USA map. You could use the whole map, or use a program like PicMonkey to crop out whatever state you want. Resize it and print it out on a low quality printer. Trace it onto your fence, or wood and use a jigsaw to cut it out. Easy peasy!
So, since I already had the sign, I had been wanting to put an American flag on it. Very rustic and since I now live right off Route 66, I wanted some cool, rustic Americana wall art. But, I didn’t trust my painting skills. So, for me this project came along at just the right time. I found THIS cool flag. I downloaded the image and sent it to Staples to have it printed off. I like their banner paper – it’s affordable and I like the way the images look. Beautiful!
First, I traced the state and cut it out.
I used small scissors and a razor blade to cut around each board. I did it one board at a time, and used Modge Podge to glue it down.
Before finishing, I took a very fine sanding block and gave it a little more character around the edges and a few places.
After I had it all done, I put the Modge Podge generously all over the top to make sure it there would be no fraying or pulling away of the paper.
So, if you want to check out Graphic Stock, HERE is a code for your seven day free trial. Make your own rustic Americana wall art, or stop by all my friends blogs to get inspired and see what all you can do!
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