DIY Beach Themed Welcome Sign

DIY Beach Themed Welcome Sign

I love the beach and I love beach themed decor.  A couple of weeks ago I was at the beach with my daughter and we found a bunch of tiny shells.  We filled a sand bucket full of them and brought them home.  After looking at them sit in the bucket for a couple of weeks, I thought they would look pretty on display.  I decided to make a welcome sign for our front door.  It actually was easy to do. My daughter aged 3 helped me.  If you don’t live by a beach you can purchase shells by clicking the link or at your local craft store. This is a fun way to also display shells you brought home from a vacation.  

Materials: Unfinished wood sign (I purchased mine at A.C Moore), wood glue, natural colored sand (we got ours at the beach), shells, stencil letters, pencil, optional wood stain

Step 1:  My wood sign came with the hanging rope attached.  If yours does not, then you will need to purchase rope/strong string and hot glue it to the back of your sign.

Step 2 Optional step:  If you would like, you can stain your wood. Wood stain is available at craft stores and hardware stores. My sign came in a driftwood color, so I left it because it already had a beach feel.

Step 3:  Use your stencils and pencil to write thank you, or whatever phrase you like.  Some ideas can be your family’s last name, beach house, love summer, take me to the beach etc…  Make sure you measure your sign before picking out your stencils.  You want to make sure all the letters will fit.

 

Step 4: Fill in your letters with a light layer of the wood glue.  Cover your letters with the sand.  Let it dry completely.  I waited 2 hours just to be sure.  When your sign is completely dry shake sand off of the sign. When I did my project I glued the shells on first, but I would recommend completing the letters first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5: Position your shells around the sign.  When you are happy with your design, use the wood glue to glue them on.  Make sure you use enough glue so that they stick well.  Again let the sign dry completely.  I left the sign our overnight and hung it up the next morning.  I used a wreath hanger to hang it on my front door.