DIY Sign from a Thrift Store Painting

Create unique word art from an old thrift store painting with this easy and fun tutorial by Paper Swallow Events! @paperswalloweve

The signs you display around your wedding can be one of the key components to setting the mood for your guests. They help tell the story of your day, give guests directions, and can really look beautiful if you give them time and consideration. Today I wanted to share a fun tutorial for a unique type of sign that you might consider creating for your wedding and event. The phrase I went with was "bonjour" because I wanted a welcoming piece of art to hang on our wall, but you can easily use my tutorial to create a beautiful and custom sign for your wedding or event. (Or a piece of art for your home - because every married couple needs art on the wall!)

Create unique word art from an old thrift store painting with this easy and fun tutorial by Paper Swallow Events! @paperswalloweve

This is a peek at the painting before - I got it at the thrift store for $2 - along with some other canvas art my husband and I have been working on. The mini canvases are a tutorial in the works but we went ahead and put them on the wall because a certain cat we know always finds a way to ruin canvases that aren't afixed to the wall. *cough*Max*cough*

Create unique word art from an old thrift store painting with this easy and fun tutorial by Paper Swallow Events! @paperswalloweve

Supplies

  • An Old Painting
  • Freezer Paper (Or any type of paper that is the same size as your canvas.)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto Knife (not pictured)
  • Paint (I used the gold version of this chalk paint.)
  • Paintbrushes (I recommend a larger size as well as a smaller one that can get into the more detailed areas without spilling over into the sections that you want to leave untouched.)
Create unique word art from an old thrift store painting with this easy and fun tutorial by Paper Swallow Events! @paperswalloweve
Create unique word art from an old thrift store painting with this easy and fun tutorial by Paper Swallow Events! @paperswalloweve

Step 1: Cut your freezer paper to the size of your canvas. This will be the surface where you design your text or image. The paper allows you to stick within the size limitation provided by your canvas while being able to easily erase and refine your design without risking erasing some of the paint from the painting by accident.

Step 2: Choose your phrase or design and draw it out onto the freezer paper. 

If you don't enjoy your handwriting or are having trouble creating the design you want, you could also use pre-made stencils or type the phrase up on your computer and then print it out in a font you like. Just make sure it will fit the dimensions of your canvas.

Create unique word art from an old thrift store painting with this easy and fun tutorial by Paper Swallow Events! @paperswalloweve

Step 3: Cut your design out with the x-acto knife.

Step 4: Place your design on top of the canvas, make sure it's positioned how you want it, and then trace along the outline of your stencil. I taped the outer edges of my freezer paper down to keep it from shifting and then held the inner lines down as I traced alongside them.

Create unique word art from an old thrift store painting with this easy and fun tutorial by Paper Swallow Events! @paperswalloweve

Step 5: Paint your new design onto the canvas! You can paint it so that the inner portions are where the original painting shows through (like I did) or you can paint so that the outer portions are that of the original painting. It's a stylistic choice completely up to you!

Step 6: Hang and enjoy your new piece of artwork or signage!

Create unique word art from an old thrift store painting with this easy and fun tutorial by Paper Swallow Events! @paperswalloweve

What word, phrase or design would you paint on a canvas? 

xoxo, Stacia

Post written by Stacia Baskin // Photos by paper swallow events and vested image