Decorating Cheat~ Autumn Splendor Sticker Sign

October 8, 2013



Are you ready for the easiest project ever?  I have another decorating cheat to share and it will make you look like a DIY superstar! 


   
I'm going to show you how to make a spectacular seasonal sign in less than 30 minutes!  Whether you are an expert at handmade signage looking for the occasional shortcut or a total beginner, intimidated by the prospect of lettering, I've got the answer for you.
  
I was at the craft store and this cute little Autumn Splendor wall art sticker caught my eye...probably because it was under a big tag that had it listed for $1.99.  Yup, $1.99.  Right away, I thought it would made a great sign...just paint and stick and I would be done, and honestly, it was just that easy.

  
Of course, these vinyl stickers are available in any craft store and I have seen them in the dollar stores, as well. They are plentiful around the holidays and come in a variety of pithy sayings. 
  
To start, I cut a pine board to 28 inches long, since my sticker was 24 inches, I figured that would give it a nice border. If you are not handy, the people at Home Depot are more than happy to cut wood for you!
   
   
Next, I painted the board with ordinary craft paint and I did not prime it. I wanted a more finished look, so I did not distress the board in any way, but hitting it with a chain or hammer to dent it up and round out the corners would give it a weathered look.  A little sanding after the paint dried would also age the piece.
  
  
I let the board dry while I emptied the dishwasher and then I literally peeled the sticker off its backing and stuck it on the board. That was it.  There was no stenciling, stamping, measuring or planning. I didn't need a fancy machine either. Super easy, super cheap and super cute!


Here are a few other examples of my cheating ways! 











  
Some Quick Tips:
  • Wall art stickers of this type are sold everywhere and for every occasion.  I have seen them for holidays and also in patterns and sayings appropriate for general d├ęcor.  There are some really cute ones out there for kids' rooms!
  • I could've gone over the sticker with decoupage gel to keep it sealed on the board, but I did not. I would like the option of peeling it off and repainting the board to add a new sticker in the future.  For $1.99 I can afford to be a little frivolous!  However, I don't plan to be totally wasteful, I'm already set to use the back of the board for Christmas! 
  • My sign is currently a shelf sitter, but add a simple picture hanger and it would be ready for the wall. If I want to flip the sign, I can remove the hanger and those tiny nail holes will just add character!

What do you think of my splendid sticker sign? 

Would you cheat?

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56 comments:

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    1. Thanks Kathy ~ If it's easy, it's got my name all over it! ;)

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  2. NICE! Love it and I'll be looking for some of these. And you're right, I 'm a little afraid to do stenciling, I've tried it and didn't line up the letters so gave up. This ought'a do the trick!

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    1. It's so easy JoAnn! I hate lettering, I do not have a machine to cut out letters and stenciling/ stamping are never perfect~ at least not the way that I do it! :) This was a quick fix!

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  3. Hi, I love it! This is my kind of project! Thanks for sharing this simple but cute way to decorate for any occasion. I saw it on fluster buster party.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Julie! I am all for simple! :) Thanks for popping by to check it out!

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  4. Perfect for those of us who are craft-challenged!

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    1. It's super easy and looks great when done! No experience or craft skills required! :)

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  5. I would definitely 'cheat'! It looks great.

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  6. I love it. Great creative idea. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/10/185th-inspire-me-tuesday.html. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

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  7. I love things like this that are super simple, yet make me look like a crafting rock star. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for checking it out Tracie! I am a firm believer in the idea that it doesn't have to be complicated to be fabulous! :)

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  8. Okay, this is genius! And it's just what I'm looking for for the Wednesday Harvest Party at FindingTheInspiring.com. Each week until Thanksgiving we're gathering inspiration for the heart and home. It would be great if you'd leave a comment with your link so my readers can see this. Hope to see you there!

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    1. Angel, thanks for checking it out, thanks for the invite, but thanks. most of all, for the genius comment! ;)

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    1. Thanks so much~ Samantha! Genius is always good! :)

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  10. Love it! The projects you can use again and again are the best! Stopping over from The Humble Brag party!

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    1. Thanks Jessi! Agreed! I am a super fickle decorator, so I like things that I don't have to invest too much time or money in and can be easily repurposed, in case it's only around for one season! ;) So glad you visited! Ps- put tiny pumpkins on my grocery list to make those candle holders this long weekend!

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  11. This is genius! I see those stickers all the time and I never thought to use them anywhere but the wall!
    Came out great!

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    1. I am really happy with the way it turned out, thanks Kim! I just figured if they'd stick to the wall, they'd stick to a board! :)

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  12. This is a DIY project I can handle! Since I stopped scrapbooking I skip those aisles in Michael's, but now I'll have to check them out for stickers. Thanks Kim!

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  13. I love an easy quick project. Your sign came out great, and what a pretty sticker. I've thought about making a sign with stickers, but haven't yet. Your have inspired me!

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    1. Diane, you should do it! It was sooo easy and I am very happy with the way it turned out. I thought that you may be able to see that it was a sticker on the board, but it must be a very good sticker (for $1.99!), because unless you are really close, you would never know!

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  14. Yes, I would cheat, and I think I will. I'll be looking for these next time I'm at Michaels, thanks so much for showing us this! Visiting form DIY Sunday Showcase. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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    1. Thanks Dawn! If you make one I would love to see it! Someone told me tonight that they were recently in a mall and there was an entire store dedicated to those wall stickers. Who knew?

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  15. Yes I would cheat!! I do it all the time!! Thanks for linking to DIY Sunday Showcase.

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  16. That is the smartest thing I have ever seen!
    I am off to Michael's to explore the possibilities.

    I enjoyed visiting!
    Laura
    White Spray Paint blog

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    1. Thanks Laura! That's quite a compliment! It really was so simple and very inexpensive! :) Glad you liked it and if you do make one, I would love to see it. You can post it on my Facebook page! Good luck!

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  17. I love this...why do we all have to be artists to do crafts? Or patient? Or have gajillion hours to spend making stuff to put out for a few weeks? I am going to Michael's and look for some of these!! Then I can look like one of those 'crafty ladies' too!! :) Thank you!

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    1. Yay, Cathy! I'm so glad I inspired you! You have just made my day! :) I hope you come back and share with me if you do make a sign or post it on my Facebook page! I would love to see your craftiness!

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  18. I was kind of blown away by the beautiful fall wreath! Great idea for the sign!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase! I'm gonna pin this one to our board!

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    1. Shelly, I wish I could take credit for that gorgeous wreath! I got it at Overstock.com last fall. I was in love with it and honestly it was cheaper to buy than make! I think my sign compliments it very well though~ and that was easy and cheap! Thanks for pinning!

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  19. Kim, I was sure I had posted about loving that great sign! It still calls my name and then I hear a voice say, "forget it, you'll never complete it." It really appears more difficult than it sounds. Love it! Oh, perhaps, I'll try it for new fall! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks so much, Helen, you are always so sweet! You should do it ~ it really was so simple. I didn't prime or sand the board and I only applied one coat of paint with a foam brush. It really was a quick project, but I'm glad it looks like it entailed a bit more! Let me know if do make one, I would love to see it!

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  20. I need one of these for my mantle! Thanks for visiting me at Night Owl Corner....just popping over to check out your blog.

    Linda
    www.nightowlcorner.com

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    1. Thanks for popping by, Linda! You should totally make a sign, it will take you a lot less time than that amazing Cinderella dress! ;)

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  21. Such an adorable sign! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, Danielle! I am not the skilled refinisher that you are...this is much more my speed! ;)

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  22. Your sign is awesome! Just pinned! You were featured at Pick of the Bunch this week. Thank you so much sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Have a fabulous weekend. :)
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Kathy, you are just way too sweet! Thank you for the feature...again! I am beyond flattered! Thanks for the party every week! :)

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  23. Wow this could be in the "15 minute crafts" category. It is so cute and clever!

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    1. It really was a quickie, Cheryl! :)

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  24. Your Autumn Wreath is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  25. Even I could do that! I'm not crafty. :) I'll be looking for stickers now.

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    1. I hate the lettering process, Stacey...mine never come out straight and now, for $1.99, I have the most perfect sign! :)

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  26. Awesome project! I love the end result.

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  27. Kim, I love the sign and the thought of using the back for Christmas is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

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    1. Thanks Denyse! It's almost time to flip it over! :)

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  28. Your wreath is fabulous :) Love the sign too. www.scrapality.com

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    1. Thanks Andrea! The wreath is fabulous, wish I could say that I made it!

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  29. Hi Kim,
    What a creative idea!! The Autumn Splendor sign turned out perfect for Fall. I would love for you to share at Simple & Sweet Fridays this week. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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