Saturday, May 15, 2010

While Daddy's Away, Mommy Will Play

So my husband is gone for the next two weeks, which means two weeks of crafting and projects without feeling guilty!  It was finally a nice warm day today, so the girls and I headed to Ace for materials for today's project.  We made it through the store quickly and with no drama!  And we came home with this.
 2x2, 1x6, 1x4, 4x4

I had seen a really neat tutorial here to make your own candle sticks and I had seen a tutorial here to make candle stick hangers at Drab to Fab.  I loved the candle sticks but didn't trust my kiddos not to touch in the house (4x4's are heavy) so I decided to combine the 2 and make something for my front step.


I cut my 4x4 24" long.  I cut my 1x6 down to make 2 5 1/2"x5 1/2" squares and 2 4 1/2"x 4 1/2" square.


I stacked the 4 1/2" square on top of the 5 1/2 square and screwed the 2 together from the bottom.  I then attached it to the 4x4, flipped it over and repeated.  After this step you want to make sure everything is square.  The girls helped to make sure it was nice and sturdy.


I gave it a quick coat of spray primer and then a light coat of heirloom white along the edges.  When it was dry 2 minutes later (ha ha, I 'm surprised anything I do turns out because I don't have the patience to wait the recommended time) I gave it multiple coats of flat black spray paint.


Once the black was dry 15 minutes later I used my sanding sponge to distress the edges.


I bought the cheapest hook I could find and sprayed it ORB.  While I waited for this to dry, yes I actually gave it 15 minutes I went in the house to make my sign.  I used the 1x4 I bought and cut it to 11", sprayed it heirloom white, sanded the edges and then inked it with an ink pad.


I used my cricut to cut the vinyl, slapped it on, drilled 2 holes at the top and used beading wire for the hanger.


I have already decided to make some different signs to hang for the different seasons, but for now Welcome will do.


Here is another picture of the front step.  Wondering what all the dirt is doing laying there?  Did I mention I had 2 helpers today and we had a casualty?


65 comments:

Love the Decor! said...

Nicely done! I love it!
Hope you are doing well ..sometimes it's nice to get a project or two done just for fun!! Happy Weekend !

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Okay, I read the explanation behind the name of your blog and instantly understand. I love my kids, but bedtime crafting is what gives me the energy to love them to the best of my ability the next day and the next and the next! Great welcome post! Looks like you have helpers that are just as good as mine (2 and 5 years old).

Kelsey said...

oooh this turned out beautiful! I've been wanting to make one of these... but lack the proper tools to cut the wood at my house. i have to run to my parents to use their tools and it just hasn't happened yet... but this is BEAUTIFUL.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love it!! Great job!!! Love the idea of different signs too, so fun!!

Thanks for stopping over to visit me :)

samantha said...

This is GREAT!!!!

sharon@keeninspirations said...

Hi, I found you over at the sunday Showcase. I love this projecct and would like to make someething similar. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me! I really llike the idea of changing out the signs...I like to change stuff with the seasons! Sorry about your casualty.
Please stop by my blog when you have a minute and enter my giveway for a chalkboard and chalkboard marker set!
Have a great week!
Sharon

Ginger said...

I really love this! So creative! Wondering if it would look so cute out by my mailbox. I love yours though and I love that you can so easily switch out your sign for seasons, birthdays, etc.

Jenglamgirl said...

DARLING! love it all! I saw similar candle sticks in bloggy land made like your sign holder. Love the sign holder idea. ;)

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Katie said...

That looks great! I love that it adds a little height!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

A post about a welcome post, how clever! It looks great and perfect for that corner of your porch. I, too, used to have 4 helpers when I did my projects. There is no help like the help of 4 kids bagging groceries at the same time! It still cracks me up.

LaKeta said...

This is adorable! I love the fact that you could change out the sign for each season if you wanted...hmmm now to see if I have some of this stuff on hand;) Wonder what you could do with those halves of terra cotta pots now???

Thanks for visiting my blog www.1luckeegirl.blogspot.com

LaKeta

Melissa said...

This turned out great!

I have something for you at my blog:
http://www.frugalcreativity.com/2010/05/hey-im-trendy.html

Green Willow Pond said...

I love your post Kenzie! What a great idea. Thanks for stopping by my blog today too. You're officially my first commenting visitor! It's so exciting...I just started my blog this week, although I've been cruising blogland for a couple months now. I'm adding you to my favorites. Love your work!

Ashley Allen said...

Love it! Good job girl! This is so weird... I think we have the same life or something! My husband has never left, but this Thurs. he has to go to Canada for two weeks. Weird huh??

Stephanie Lynn said...

Love this project! I have wanted a vinyl Welcome on my front porch been back and forth about putting it on the front door. I just love your idea! Simply fabulous! Must make one these! Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Stephanie Lynn said...

Hi Kenzie. Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your Welcome Post tomorrow! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like! Love this! Thanks for joining the Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

One Life Many Journeys said...

SQUEAL!!!!!! I must have one of these! This has to be one of my new favorite ideas. I love the way people take inspiration from others and put their spin on it. Very crafty. Found you at Under the Table and Dreaming.

Diane said...

OMGosh Kenzie that welcome post is adorable. I want to make one right now, but will have to make a trip to town, lol.

Thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie. Please come again anytime.

Diane

a little lovely said...

love this! such a good idea. it'd be great to switch out for holidays and season too! thanks for sharing :)

Bon said...

This turned out so beautiful and great! I love seeing what others are inspired to do! I am glad we could help! Thanks so much for the sweet shout out! LOVE this! Fabulous blog as well!

Bon @ Drab to Fab

Sandra said...

Wonderful welcome post for the front porch...I can't wait to see the other holiday signs!

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

I love this welcome sign! So cute! I found you from life in the pitts.

I host a Friday link party I would love you to join!

www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

How fun is this?? Such a great idea! I love it!!

Michelle said...

This is so cute! What a great idea! :o)

Fawnda said...

Great job! way to take on a project while the hubs is away! This is sooooooo awesome! :)

Danielle said...

I recently found your site--and I love it. I did this project yesterday, and made another one fore a house warming gift. They turned out great. Thanks for the fantastic idea.

Jaime said...

I freekin' love this, it's so cute! It is now on my "to do" list!! If i feature it on my blog i will link back to you!
Thanks.

Laura said...

What a cute idea. I love the way it turned out!
I'm hosting a blog party Saturday and I'd love it if you linked up!
http://www.iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Super cute!

Jennifer said...

That is too cute!!! I would be to scared to even try to attempt that! ha!

Lanie Ree said...

This is an awesome idea! Super classy. And your kids are adorable.

Thank you for participating in the Craft Therapy session at Life in the Pitts.

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

This is so welcoming!! Great job!! I have a small front stoop this would be so pretty. Just another idea to give my husband!! I posted a welcoming sign for my back door. Looks like we are both full of hospitality!!

Amy Kinser said...

I'm with you. When my hubby goes out of town, I usually paint a room or something. It's my big project time and even though I miss him, it makes the time go quicker and it's just plain old fun. I also like to see if he notices when he gets back.

You did a great job on this project. It looks simple enough for me to do. Good job!

Partying with you. Stop by if you have a break from crafting and playing with two pretty little girls.

Lanie Ree said...

I'm featuring this today. Because it's awesome.

http://lanieree.blogspot.com/2010/05/featuring-you_21.html

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Hi..I’m Barb….I am from Flaunt it Friday... Wow..How inspiring your idea is!! It turned out great & I had to laugh & related sooo well with you about your husband being gone & working on craft projects..It's so much easier to craft when they aren't around!..I think I use power tools more than my husband ever thought of using them!! LOL.
I am your newest follower. I hope you will get a chance to visit my blog @ santasgiftshoppe.blogspot.com
& get inspired by something for your family/home. I hope you will follow me as well. Nice to meet ya new friend!!!

alissa said...

Great idea! Your pots look great too!

Jilly Beanz Thingz said...

So cute and creative! Wish I had some woodworking skills...or tools...or knew someone who did! Can't wait to surf around your blog.

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

FANTASTIC! I absolutely love it and want one for my front door.

simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

I love this! It would be so fun by my new front door one day! I love it!

Thanks so much for linking up!

~Ashley @ www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

Jude said...

Thanks for your comment on my mirrored streamers. You've inspired me to get crackin' on my front steps!
Jude from dolcecapecod.blogspot.com

Pam said...

Your entrance art is crafty AND welcoming. Great job on this!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Thanks for linking and making this the most successful Modern Craftswoman Monday! Hope to see you next week! Rory

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

this is so cute! I have ALL the materials to make this already. I must make it!
thanks for sharing!
gail

Mine for the Making said...

You are a genius!! I absolutely LOVE these and HAVE to have them. Like asap. (now I wish my weekend wasnt so busy so that I could start on them tomorrow!)

Thanks Kenzie! When I am finished I will send you pictures and link my post back to you.

Mine for the Making said...

Gave you an award!

http://mineforthemaking.blogspot.com/2010/07/award-for-me.html

Kim @ Life of a Modern Mom said...

This is genius! I love it! I put the one I made up on my blog today with a link to your post. Thanks!
http://lifeofamodernmom.blogspot.com/2010/10/sign-post-project.html

Lindsey said...

Hi - I love the post and can't wait to make one this weekend. One question - what did you do with the 2x2, did I miss it somewhere?

Sarah Vam de Parker said...

Hola
Me ha encantado esta imagen tuya y hoy en mi blog he dado la bienvenida a un nuevo comienzo a todos con ella junto con un enlace a tu blog.
Besos Sarah

Kristin Milius said...

What did you use the 2x2 for?

~ Just Jen said...

Found this on Pinterest! My sister and I just made one (one for my porch and she is using her's as a Christmas gift!) just this afternoon. LOVED IT!!!!

~Just Jen

Dave said...

Can't wait to buy my saw so I can make this!!
Thanks for the inspiration!! You ROCK!!

sjbunna said...

Can you please tell me if you used a particular type of vinyl, also did you put something over the vinyl once placing it on your sign? Thank you!

Michelle Dielman said...

What Cricut cartridge did you use for the Welcome??? I can't wait to make one of these!

Debbie Bostick said...

Hi there! I love this idea, it's so cute! Did you do anything to make it not tip over when the wind blows? I bought a post like this and it's top heavy :-( . I was thinking about putting beach sand in the bottom (there's room and it will be hidden). Did you have to re-enforce the bottom at all?
Thanks so much in advance and have a good day!!
Debbie :-)

Mom to Many said...

Thought you might like to see my finished product! The paint is still a tad tacky. But, here she is! When it is cured I have to decide whether or not to distress it. Opinions? http://ldsmomtomany.blogspot.com/2012/09/wreath-post-to-distress-or-not-distress.html

Kate said...

I love this, but I'm wondering what you used the 2x2 for? Thank you!

Jessi Hardy said...

I love this!

I just made my version of it. Went with white paint to match the outside trim and used chalkboard paint for the sign instead.

You can view my post here: http://jessihardy.com/diy-welcome-post/

Dakota Creek Chic said...

So cute...just love this!!

Trina Wittler said...

planning on doing this one!! So what is the 2x2 for?????????

Unknown said...

I just finished mine! Thank you for the inspiration!

BuncoBabe10 said...

Love this! A taller version is being made in my garage right now (my 15 year old son told my husband they needed to make a trip to Lowe's for a project). I can't wait to make signs for it! Thanks for sharing!

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

We move next month and this is now on my list of things to make for the new place. LOVE it!! Your welcome post looks terrific, and I must say those helpers of yours are absolutely darling!

Kate (Small Bits of Paper) said...

We move next month and this is now on my list of things to make for the new place. LOVE it!! Your welcome post looks terrific, and I must say those helpers of yours are absolutely darling!

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