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Make a Holiday Stenciled Sign {Christmas tutorial}

I am getting so excited to get my Holiday Decorations out.

It snowed a few days ago and I just couldn’t resist making something festive and Christmas-y!

I decided to make a Holiday project using some of the new MS paint and mediums. I had a broken, old shelf sitting out in my garage waiting for the trash. I cut off the broken part, then cut the good part half and  reattached the pieces together for a little recycled wall art.

I was so excited to use some of the Martha Stewart Paints and Stencils by Plaid. It was fun experimenting with different  finishes — like the Antiquing Medium, Pearl Paint, Sparkle Medium and their Finishing Spray. I love the MS Habanero Red and Aquarium together. So yummy!!

Here’s what I did:

I attached a thin board to the back of the two shelf pieces. This stabilized it and then instead of trying to hang two separate pieces later, it keeps them together. I first added a layer of Liquid Nails under the board and then I used a staple gun to staple the board to the back of the shelf pieces. I made a stencil with my Silhouette machine, but you could use basic stencils to create the same project. I also sanded the board after painting the board, and before antiquing it. When antiquing, I just wanted a little bit on the edges so I put a small amount on a wet paper towel and rubbed it where I had sanded the paint off.  After I brushed the glitter medium on and let it dry, I sprayed a final coat of Gloss Enamel over the top and it was done! You can’t really see the glitter in the pictures, but it is very festive.

I love seeing it sitting on my shelf.

It makes me want to put on some Christmas music and sip hot cocoa by the fire!!


Are you getting excited?

Tell Me — when do you put up YOUR Christmas tree??

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  1. Hi! What font did you use on you silhouette machine? I love it!!

  2. Jen, this is perfect. Now I’m wondering where all this Christmas stuff goes when the season is over. Do you have a craft garage? ;p

  3. Sheri Forrester says:

    This is the cutest thing I’ve seen and I can’t wait to go make one!! I just love it!! I need a stencil cutter! Thanks for a fun idea!! Sheri

  4. I fell in love with this adorable sign & had to make one for my house!! Thanks for the inspiration. I love your blog :)


  5. I love this idea – so simple but very classy. Off to our largest Craft store today to see if they have the stencils else I may have to make them …thank you for sharing this idea.
    Kiwi hugs

  6. Love that it is a repurposed shelf!

  7. I LOVE it!

  8. This is really cute! I may need to make one for my mantle….one for every season!

  9. That is so adorable! I love how it turned out. I am so inspired… :)

  10. I LOVE this sign. I wonder if I’ll ever get around to recreating it. I sure will try.

    • katie @momslrb » Thanks Katie!!! You should make one. It seriously is a pretty fast project!


  11. So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party! (I’m also including red for the holidays) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-14.html

  12. Love it! The colors are perfection. I linked to it in my MS post today.

  13. I love this Jen! So sweet!!! I have a big piece of wood in my craft room that I need to figure out something to do with- this may have inspired me to get moving!

  14. The sign turned out adorable Jen! Love the red/aqua combo!

  15. Love the sign. Blue was the perfect choice for it. I can see some of the glitter and I am a fan. Hey, it’s glitter, what’s not to like? Vicky from Mess For Less

  16. That came out so cute Jen!! It’s amazing how all the projects using the MS paints are SO different. I made drop cloth placemats and stenciled them using the different stencils, paint, and glitter.


  17. Love this! I especially love the way you used two boards, gives a more character than if you used a single piece!

  18. I love, love, love it! Thanks for posting the tutorial now, so that we’ll have time to make it before Christmas! These would be AWESOME neighbor gifts! I’ve been stressing over what to do this year. Thanks a bunch! You’re my hero!!

  19. I love this and am totally inspired! Thank you!

  20. I love this! And I have some old shelving from my closet in the basement so I may just have to create one too! :)

  21. LOVE this sign. I have a Cricut, not Silhouette and was wondering when you cut the stencil, did you use stencil material or contact paper or something else?

    • Hi Blythe!

      I used vinyl to cut out the stencils, but if I had used stencil material I could have used it again which would have been smart LOL!


  22. LOVE the way that sign turned out!! So fun!

  23. I’m loving this stenciled sign!!! :)

  24. I just love that! Great color choices … it looks so wintry and fun. My tree never goes up until December 1st but I’m starting to get excited about all the decorations coming out of the attic.

  25. I LOVE the colors!

  26. Jen, that is just too darn cute!!!!

  27. 1) Jenn…I’m jealous that you got snow! It’s been in the 70s lately in Atlanta. ;p 2) Love this! Antigue + Glitter = Fab!

  28. I LOVE it!!! Jen, it looks amazing. Great holiday color combo too. :)

    • Amanda @ Serenity Now » Thanks Amanda!! I am loving the light blue and red for Christmas. I can’t wait to start decorating. My husband said the house looks a little schizophrenic — it’s half thanksgiving and half Christmas right now LOL!!


  29. That is a really cute sign!

    We’ll be buy our tree from my son’s elementary school…..so I guess whenever they decide to sell them is when we’ll put up the tree.

    We normally pull the decorations out the day after Thanksgiving and I put them up on December 1st.

  30. Just looking at it makes me want to go put a Sweater on…. :) It Screams WINTER!!!! which is a word I don’t understand… With 80 degrees and rising today… I think i might have to make me one of these to at least give me the feel of this Season… Love it!!

  31. This is soooo sweet Jen!! I love the pop of red on the Merry – it’s just darling!! :)

    • Beverly {Flamingo Toes} » Thanks Bev!! I am still in love with your red and blue sign from last year. One of my favorites!


  32. I love it! It is a really modern element to add to Christmas. I might have to make something similar!!

    • Sunni @ Love Affair » Thanks Sunni! I love how simple it is. And I’m loving red and turquoise this year. Such a pretty combo!! Let me know if you make something like it- I would love to see!!


  33. I seriously {heart} the simplicity of this board Jen! Great job!

  34. That is so cute! I love the saying too! It gets my wheels turning about what kind of decorations I can make!

  35. Jen.

    Your ideas are many and beautiful, I’ve adapted some of your projects into our home in trying to updated it a wee bit from time to time as life allows. Thank you for all you share and all the time you give to make folks like me smile.

    Hugs and blessings, Lori m

  36. I love Christmas and I would be happy to have my tree up at the beginning of November! However our oldest son’s birthday is towards the beginning of December and I do not want him to feel left out between Thanksgiving and Christmas so we wait and put the tree up the Sunday after his birthday.

  37. So pretty! I love the color combination, and the glitter is perfect

  38. Looks awesome! There is just no end to the fun you can have with that Silhouette. I need me one of those! I have the Christmas itch too!

  39. Jen that is so cute! I want to do something similar but with a Bible verse. You said you used your Silhouette to make the stencil…did you use vinyl for the stencil?

  40. TrixiesMom says:

    Hi Jen,

    I have been following you on twitter for forever but never get a chance to really go through your blog. I have a quick question, which you may have addressed at great length, and if so, I apologize. I am ready for a die cutter, but I am overwhelmed with the selection. Can you give any advice? How did you pick your silhouette? What is the ultimate cutter you wish you had? Any blogs you like that highlight great projects using the cutter? Thanks so much.

    This project is wonderful, and I love how much detail you give about the MS products you are using. That is super helpful!!!


  41. This is so cute, Jen!! I am loving light blue and red together for Christmas. It feels so old-fashioned and homey! We put our tree up right after Thanksgiving. I want my full month of looking at it before it has to come down! :)

  42. This is so stinking cute! I saw a similar (smaller) sign at TJ Maxx, but I like yours much better! So festive and fun.

  43. I LOVE THAT! It’s so pretty & I love the blue & red together!

  44. I love this!! The colors are beautiful!!

  45. how fun! i love martha’s paints too!

  46. Very nice! I love the color combinations.

  47. This look great! I love the colors together(:

  48. This turned out so cute! What a great way to repurpose your old shelf…

  49. Beautiful! Such a great project. :)

  50. YES!! I’m ready to get my decorating on!!! Love this project. :)

  51. Great sign, Jen! I love the stencil, especially the snowflakes. I have a baby size wood sled I found at a yard sale and I wanted to fix it up to hang outside my front door this year. I love this blue and those stencil snowflakes might work well on it.

    I’ll be putting up my decorations Black Friday. I like to do the little pieces first before I do the tree. It helps get me geared up to do the tree, since it takes me a few hours on that alone!

  52. Super cute! I am getting excited for Christmas! I think our tree is going up this weekend!!

  53. Hello Jen,
    I start to get excited about Christmas right after Thanksgiving. Love your new Christmas sign. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial.
    Smiles, Paula

  54. This is looking so good:)

  55. Oh, that’s pretty, love it! Aquarium is a beautiful color and i agree with you that i looks fantastic in combination with red.
    We usually put up our tree at the beginning or middle of december, but i will collect all the decoration from our attic today. Can’t wait to give some of these old items a great makeover.


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