Making your own vintage wedding signs
To get ready for the wedding we had to make a lot of different signs for directions.
First we made a list of all the signs we needed: supper; bar; hay ride; ceremony; parking; camping; photo booth; wedding, just to name a few. I decided the size of the letters and drew them out on the back of some old wall paper samples with pencil, so they could easily be corrected if needed.
After a little tweaking, the letters were cut out with a small exact o knife. A self healing quilting mat was just the tool to use for under neat, making cutting the signs a breeze. When cutting with a knife, take care to keep fingers out of the way of the sharp blade, and try to make long gliding cuts for smooth lines.
Lines were drawn on the paper as a guide for the size, so all letters would be more or less uniform in height. Remember to leave little connecting lines for the letters “O”, “R” etc. Unless you want to keep the little cut outs from the letters and hold them down while you are stamping the design. Some surfaces will hold temporary glue to keep your design where you want it wit out moving during the process. I found the wood surfaces not ideal for this process, and it left the stencils are gooey and sticky which I did not like as well, because I could not clean them without spoiling the stencils.
You can see on the signs below that I should have left a bigger margin at the top and bottom, so we had to be very careful during the stenciling not to rip the paper.
Here are some samples of the finished signs. I used old cedar shingles for most of them, and for the bigger signs I used old pallets.
Some of the signs were hung in the shop, and others were put in the ground with a stake for directions for the guests.
You can see more of the signs in this post: August wedding.
I hope you like this small tutorial, let me know what you think!