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A Special Simple Project...

For Christmas, I decided to send my parents a special gift.  They often say, " I love you..." with the response, "I love you more."  With this in mind, I decided to make a sign for their room.   Using the computer to type out a pattern...I chose the Engravers MT font...I printed it out in pieces sized to fit the sign.  You could make your own sign, but I picked up a vintage wood sign at the thrift store that was the shape I wanted (wish I had taken a photo of the before...really awful), and primed and painted over it.  I used Behr's Swiss Coffee.

I laid the pattern out and taped it on the newspaper.  The newspaper will serve as your transfer paper...

When you place the pattern on the sign, just draw over the letters to transfer the pattern...

I left the edge unpainted, and hand painted the letters with black acrylic craft paint.  Nothing perfect about it, but it's made with love...

My parents loved it! I think we need one in our home, too!

Until next time...


  1. how sweet is that?!?!?
    what a great little project for any words

  2. These kinds of gifts are the BEST ever! Love the sign but love the thought that went into it even more! Hugs, Linda

  3. I love it! The newspaper as transfer paper is awesome.

  4. Your gift is lovely . . . who would have thought that newspaper would work as transfer paper. I am so very impressed. I'm always trying to find ways to reuse and save money . . . this is perfect. Now every-time I get newsprint on my hands, I'll remember that I can benefit from this messy paper :) This idea is pure genius :)
    Thank you for sharing.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  5. What a sweet (and complete) gift. You couldn't have said it any better. Great idea about the newspaper. I have been going over the back of my letters with a pencil and then transferring that way. You have just saved me some work- xo Diana

  6. What a sweet project.... I bet they will smile every time they look at it.

    Great tip about the newspaper.... going to try this! Thank you :)


  7. Oh... how sweet. We grew up hearing my parents say "Me Too,You." after the "I love you"... I think I need a
    "Me Too,you" sign. certainly would make a sweet conversation starter.

    in texting would read...
    "me 2 U"...EVEN CUTER!

    HOPE YOU HAD A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND have a Happy New year...thanks for stopping by and wishing us the same. Pat

  8. Wonderful gift Linda! Sounds like it was perfect for your parents too.
    Love how you re-purposed a sign fromt he thrift store. I like doing that too!

    Happy New Year!!!

  9. What a wonderful gift with such a special meaning. thanks for sharing. I'm planning to do more re-purposing in the new year. Your blog will be my inspiration.

  10. What a great gift from the heart. I'm sure they will treasure it especially since you made it with Love!
    xxx Liz

  11. What a wonderful gift, Linda - I'm sure your parents loved it!
    Happy New Year!

  12. Thanks for sharing this Linda. What a great gift!

  13. What an excellent idea, when I first saw the photo, I thought it was a tea tray...which is another great idea! Not sure how the transfer works? Do you have you wet the back of the newspaper in order for it to transfer?

    1. When you draw over the pattern, the newsprint ink transfers lightly onto the sign surface, like carbon or transfer paper would...

  14. What a great idea, Linda! I never knew you could do that with newspaper! Bet your parents were more than thrilled:)

  15. I just LOVE this Linda!!!! I know your parents must have...and I love the newspaper idea too!! Sweet, sweet ~ I wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!! hugs and love, Dawn

  16. How sweet is that! I can see why the loved it!

    Happy New Year!

  17. Hey sweet lady! :) I LOVE this gift! TJ and I say the same thing...he says I love you, and I say I love you more! So cute!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!! I certainly did enjoy every single thing about the holiday! (and really loved a certain bingo card and recipe cards from someone very special!) ;-)
    Love you much!

  18. WhaT a sweet gift to your parents, and a great idea, using the newspapers to make the pattern,to paint after....looks so pretty, Linda.
    Hugs to you-

  19. I bet your parents loved their gift! Simple and sweet. :)


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