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Reversible Holiday Porch Sign

Nov 12 2014 Liz Call

I am super excited about this project!  I’m excited because it’s a holiday project and because you can use it for both Thanksgiving and Christmas!  I also love the fact that it wasn’t too difficult to make.  You see, I wanted to dress up my new front porch for the holidays, and since my porch is kind of big, I needed something big to fill the space.  That is when I knew I wanted to make a big holiday porch sign.  But the best part about this holiday porch sign . . . it’s reversible!Reversible holiday porch sign you can use for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I got the idea of making this sign reversible from a craft night I went to with Lolly Jane.  We made a reversible sign there and I thought, how brilliant!  Here is how I made my reversible holiday porch sign.

It all starts with a 1 inch pine board that is 1 foot by 4 foot.  There is no need for wood cutting with this project!  Score!  I then stained my wood board.  If you’ve never stained wood before, it’s really not hard.  Just a little messy maybe.  See how I stained the wood for my a frame chalkboard.

Reversible holiday porch sign you can use for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Now to make the Thankful side, I had some vinyl cut to say Thankful and left the letters.  I added my vinyl letters to my stained board.  I could’ve left it at that, but I wanted to do a kind of reverse effect.  Once my vinyl was down, I painted over the entire board with white paint.  I did 2 coats but left it looking a little streaky.  That is the look I was going for.  You could always add another coat or two if you don’t like the way that looks.

Reversible holiday porch sign you can use for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Once the paint was almost dry, I removed the vinyl letters so that the stained board showed through.  Then I took my hand sander and with a high grit sand paper (150) I sanded the edges and distressed the board until I got the effect I wanted.

Don’t you love my “work bench”?  2 folding chairs.  🙂  Whatever works right?!?!

Reversible holiday porch sign you can use for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I sprayed a coat of sealer on before putting out on the front porch.  Add a pumpkin, a fall wreath and any other fun fall related decor and your all ready for the holiday!

Reversible holiday porch sign you can use for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So that was how I made the Thanksgiving side, here is how I made the Christmas side.

I started out with the stained board and before adding any stencils, I painted the board white.  I used an extra coat or 2 of white on this side because I wanted it to have a crisper look.  Once my paint was dry, I added my stencil.  Now it is really hard to see the stencil in that middle picture.  It’s because my stencil was white and the board was white.  But this time, I removed the letters of the stencil, leaving the negative, because I wanted to paint in the letters red.  Which is what the next step is.  Paint in the letters with red acrylic paint.

Reversible holiday porch sign you can use for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I removed the vinyl stencil and had nice crisp red letters on my board.  Then I used my hand sander to distress the sign.

Reversible holiday porch sign you can use for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It too looks great with a little added Christmas decor.  I even used the reverse side of my a frame chalkboard to add a little winter cheer.

Reversible holiday porch sign you can use for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So now I can switch up my Thanksgiving porch decorations to Christmas decorations super quick.  It’s just a turn of the holiday porch sign!

Happy Crafting!

Liz

Looking for a simple way to dress up your door this Christmas?

Gifted Wrapped Door with Tag

Gift wrap your front door and add a giant tag instead of a traditional wreath for Christmas - lizoncall.com

Looking for more Thanksgiving crafts?  Here are some you might like:

Fabric Turkey

Thankful Banner

Turkey Milk Bottles

Thanksgiving Decorations

Pie Banner

Thankful Sign with Cricut Explore Air 2

Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin

Free Printable Banner

Rosemary Wreath Place Setting

Reversible Thanksgiving Banner

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