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Once again, this summer I am going to our church Girl's Camp! I actually will be gone by the time this post goes up. This year I am one of the adult overall leaders, but in reality, the girls get to choose their theme and the things that they want to do at camp. As adults, we just help guide them and get things to happen. So, that means that the girls chose the theme and they chose a really good one. It is "Shine in the World and Not Of the World." I love that theme because the girls are thinking about ways that they can be themselves and shine, doing good things and not succumbing to the temptations of the world around them. They are trying to make the world a better place, recognizing that their strengths and talents come from God and that they can use those blessings to do good.
The girls decided that each cabin of girls would be a different country of the world, so, of course, we turned to Pinterest for ideas. One of the things we found were a variety of different types of sign posts or street signs like the one I am going to show you today. There were ones that pointed to imaginary places from books, like Hogwarts or Narnia. There were ones that pointed to fun places like Disneyland or Magic Mountain. Then there were the ones that pointed to real places. Many of the posts were links to shops that sold the posts for a pretty penny! I decided that my dear, nice and talented husband and I could make our own! (I hope you can tell by my description of him that my husband did most of the work!) When camp is over, I am going to put this sign post in our backyard and change some of the countries or add countries to represent places that have meaning to our family!
How to Make Your Own Street Sign or Sign Post
We had some scrap 1/4 " thick wood hanging around our house that my husband cut these cute wooden arrows out of. If you don't have many wood scraps, you can always check out the marked down wood cart at Home Depot for some really good prices. We got really creative with what we had to make this sign post project come to pass!
Using the 1/4" would, you can see how DH made the point and the feather parts and then we glued them onto the top of the main shaft. They don't have to be perfect, that adds to the rustic charm of the sign. I googled the distance from our city of Phoenix to the capitol city of the country. Then I hand painted the country name and distance. On the arrowhead and on the feather part I used various scrapbook papers and decoupaged them with Modpodge.
The Post and Stand
We can't dig the post into the ground at camp, so DH made this slotted stand to hold up the 2"x 3" post that will hold the arrows. He had to make a sturdy stand because with the arrows on it, the stand will be fairly heavy and off balance. He used plywood and sandwiched blocks of wood between the E and W part to make it very stable. Then he cut slots, measuring to make sure the post would fit in the center space securely, with corresponding slots on the N and S legs. He painted the entire sign post and stand white so the wooden arrows would pop.
The Lighted Post Top
Most of the supplies that we used for this project was stuff that we already had on hand. But, for the top of the post, we spent a little over $5 to add a lighted post topper! We found it at Lowe's. Then, my DIL Jessica used her silhouette to cut out the word "Shine" for me to stick on each side of the top. The light is a solar LED light that shines nicely in the dark!
To make the topper fit on the top of the post, my husband layered some plywood at the top to the correct dimensions to fit the topper onto the sign post and then screwed it in place.
The Finishing Touches
I love the wooden base because I will be able to place this wherever I want up at camp or in my yard later! This turned out to be such a fun project with so many possibilities. I may just add Disneyland on there when I bring it home! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
I've worked on a bunch of other things for camp this year that I will post about when I get back! (I didn't want to give anything away to the girls!) There are a lot of printables and fun ideas, I can't wait to share them.
Here are some past camp ideas:
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Around Thanksgiving I made this cute poster print on Mixbook of my babies wearing sunglasses and being insanely happy about it. It was so easy to make the poster and it turned out so cute. I also loved their selection of backgrounds and layouts. It was really easy to use their upload tool and making the poster took me no time at all. I was really pleased with the quality when it came in the mail as well. Especially considering both photos were taken with cell phone cameras.
What I wasn't sure of was how to display the poster in my home! That's when I had the idea to make a magnetic poster frame. I have always loved the minimalist look of these simple wooden frames but the price tag on the bigger frames was enough to turn me away. When I saw these paint stirrers for 5 gallon buckets for less than $2 how to make one struck me like lightening. Watch the video below to see how I did it.
I love how customizable these frames are. You can use them to hold a variety of size of prints and posters. And you can paint them, use a wood burner on them, or decorate with Washi tape.
And they're the perfect thing to display my Mixbook poster prints. I can't wait to order more and change them out, because it's so easy to change the picture displayed in these frames!
Some tips for making these:
With Mother's Day (and Father's Day after that) coming up this could be an easy and thoughtful gift to give to your mother or grandmother! Especially if you include a photo print, of their favorite people.
That will be especially easy right now because Mixbook is offeringup to 50% off orders until May 1st. That's tomorrow so get your orders in soon! Also if you are a new customer you can get 45% off with the code AFNEW19. Two incredible deals! If you aren't a new customer there's another code for Mother's Day that works until May 7th. MOMDAY19A will get you 45% off $139 or 40% off Sitewide
Let us know how yours turns out!
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I am an extreme novice at wood burning, but I really want to get better at it. My DIL, who is much better at it than I am, recently introduced me to a product that is changing my wood burning life. I am still a novice, but now there is literally an entire new dimension to my wood burning because of this product!
The Scorch Marker contains a non-toxic chemical that allows you to write or draw on wood and then use heat to achieve the look of wood burning. In order to apply heat, you need a heat gun like this:
My husband recently bought me a heat gun because I told him that I wanted to try this craft! (Read about it here.) I have been having so much fun trying these new toys out! I have also been combining the Scorch Pen with my original wood burner to get a shading effect and to add depth to the things I do.
Since we have started to put in a small garden, I thought it would be fun to wood burn some cute garden markers to dress it up a little bit. In my novice way, I started out using wood slices which I later learned was not the best choice for a wood burning project because of the darkness of the center of the wood and because of the sap if the wood is pine. I made my first "Basil" marker before my Scorch Pen was delivered.
Then the Scorch Marker was delivered and I tried it on the wood slice again for my tomatoes.
I realized that I needed lighter wood with a finer grain, made of something other than pine, such as ash or basswood. I had some of these lighter wood shapes. I don't know what wood they are but I tried them out with much better results.
Here is how I put the markers together, just click on the photos to see better.
I am enjoying learning something new! Here are some the things I have learned so far:
So, give the Scorch Marker a try and have some fun with it! I feel like the possibilities are endless and I have just begun to scratch the surface! If you've tried it and you have any tips, please let me know in the comments!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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