Winter Sign Made with Wooden Placemats

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Last month I found a trio of wooden placemats during our 100 mile yardsale trip.  They’re the kind made from little round wooden sticks.  I paid a whole $2 for them and everyone kept asking what on earth I was going to do with them.  I didn’t know at the moment, but I knew they would be good for something!  Eventually an idea formed and they became a long winter sign.  I like the idea of a winter sign instead of just for Christmas.  This way I can keep it up until the flowers start blooming again!  Anyway, here’s how I did it!

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Supplies and Clean Up

The first thing I had to do was clean the placemats.  They were kind of grimy and smelly like they had been in someone’s barn for years.  I just sprayed them down with all purpose cleaner and let them soak.  Then I washed them off with water.

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It’s amazing what a little soap and water can do!  The rest of my supplies are listed below.

 

Joining Placemats and Adding Hanger

I decided to join the placemats lengthwise to have a long narrow sign.  I used the hemp cord to tie them together.  The picture below shows how I looped it to have a secure knot.  I think it’s fairly self explanatory.  If it’s not, please let me know in the comments!

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Next I used the black wire to make a hanger.  Cut off about double what you need and bend it slightly in the center.

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I inserted it a few rows down to allow the top to fold over a little.  Then I just twisted it around itself.

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Repeat on the opposite side and you have a hanger!

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Painting the Sign

I laid out old newspaper to protect my work surface and gave the whole thing a once over with the chalk paint.

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Once that was dry, I painted some snowy hills and a tree using the acrylic paints.  I was going for a whimsical, wonky kind of tree!

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I let the tree dry, then it was time to add some snow.  Since snow is a rare thing where I live, this will have to do!  I dipped my brush in paint then wiped most of it off for the snow on the tree.  The snow flakes were created by flicking the paint brush.  I also added “Let it Snow!” at the top with the paint markers.  That giant black paint marker is great for this because I could get between the slats better.  I used the silver paint marker to highlight the words.

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This would be great for someone with limited space.  I think the folded top makes it look a little like a sled.

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There you have it, a winter sign!  It makes me want to find some snow to play in!  Y’all have a wonderful Wednesday and I’ll see you back here on Friday for some holiday prepping tips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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