Good friends are hard to come by.
And we have been blessed with some great friends in the past. Sometimes they leave and sometimes they stay.
|I forget this source?? :/|
And although it breaks our heart when God sends them through, it’s important that we always remember that…
Some good friends of ours are trading their Pacific Northwest roots for some Midwestern boots.
So I thought I needed to help them remember where they came from.
I’ve seen these all over the local markets and antique stores. The only catch – they cost about $150!
I love my friends….but not THAT much. 🙂
So I tried my hand at creating one of these myself.
1. Headed to our local Home Depot and found the perfect 12×20 piece of MDF in the scraps section for a whopping $0.50!
2. Coat with black paint and let dry.
3. On the Silhouette, I created my own subway art. These are all locations of their past residences, including where they met, an in betweener apartment number, and all the homes that their life has taken them on. You can obviously do anything that has meaning to you, I just chose addresses and cities.
A. This is what my settings were for the Silhouette:
One of the fun parts about being a blogger is that I get to experiment, learn my how-to lessons the hard way, then blog about how I should’ve done it differently.
What I should’ve done:
used the same strategy that I use when painting in our home (like I did with the entryway stripes). After vinyl was stuck on there, I should’ve done one coat of black paint again to have it seep under the inevitable bubbles. Then, when I painted the white and yellow, it would’ve looked perfect (like how the yellow WASHINGTON looks).
Craft and learn right?
I was determined to salvage it though, and ended up spending WAY too much time placing all the individual letters BACK on the board and painted around them in black to touch up.
End result was just what I wanted though!
Once totally dry, I distressed it a little and sealed with some satin polyurethane. And I love it!
So excited to send our friends off knowing that they have a piece of art to add to their new Midwest home that reminds them of where they came from!
Black paint – had it
Flourescent Yellow – had it
Vinyl – gifted from mi madre
TOTAL: $0.50!!! but the thought and meaning….PRICELESS.