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Father’s Day is just around the corner and we make the journey to visit my parents every summer. Whenever we get close to leaving, I get weepy and exhilarated about going home. If you have been a reader for a while, you may know that despite my appearance of utter normality, my parents are one-of-a-kind folks. And I love them for it. So for Father’s Day, my Dad needs a One-Of-A-Kind Gift like this distressed pallet sign with music lyrics.
Music was constantly playing at our house, and blaringly loud. My Dad was in the music business and bands would often practice in the basement with full acoustics and amplifiers. However, my Dad is a man of many (many) passions including family and motorcycles. I had to make quick run to Safeway to get some veggies because they have the freshest and best variety in town. I noticed that Coca-Cola™ is doing a promotion this summer where they are putting song lyrics on their bottles. I was inspired to create a wall art piece for him using a song that strongly evoked memories for myself as well as my Dad. Although not the stereotypical biker by any measure, my Dad’s love of the movie Easy Rider is legendary. I cannot begin to explain or even justify it, but he is a mighty fan of the ‘Captain America’ bike. In my mind, “Born to Be Wild” is synonymous with this movie because it is the theme song. Thanks to the inspiration from the Coca-Cola bottles and the man himself, I did an homage that mixed all of his main passions into one project.
So here is the sign and how I made it!
- Thin Wood Board (I cut one 16×29)
- Thin wood slats (I used premade slats from the hardware store. They measured 3×14)
- A paint brush or 2
- Black and White Paint (I used what I had on hand which was white chalk paint and black furniture enamel paint)
- sandpaper (I used 120 grit)
- Glue (I used a glue gun)
- Hanging apparatus- I am partial to Velcro Command Hanging Strips. If you are not hanging, add a few extra slats vertically to the back to prevent bowing of the thin backerboard.
***I used a Silhouette craft cutter to make the stencils with varieties of Orator and Arial Fonts. However, if you do not have one, there is another way! Scan the painted slats into your computer. Then you can layer an eroded font on them. Just resize and stretch as you would like in a program like MS Paint. There are tons of free fonts and a few are Sunzoom, Elite Hacker, or Raliegh Rock. Mix and match!
First, paint the edges of all the wood pieces in white. Once that is dry, paint the board and the slats in black. Since this sign was going to be in a grungy style, I painted just enough that some of the white still showed through as I wanted. No sanding yet.
Next I made up my stencils from the silhouette and put them on the board. I painted them white just like above where you can still see a bit of black showing through. Once they were dry, I lightly sanded a few areas to reveal more black and add some more grunge style.
Lastly, I glued the slats onto the board. Pretty nifty! What songs speak to your own life? There are so many for me and I love that the Coca-Cola bottles have a little something for everyone. I would love to hear in the comments below!
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