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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DIY Vintage Signs Made From Foam Board


You guys, I am so ridiculously excited to share this incredibly easy and inexpensive little project with you today.  I recently stopped by the Glenwood Vintage Market and spotted the cutest little signs.  I actually thought they were metal until I got closer and picked one up.  Can you believe they are  made from foam board!  I knew right away they would make the perfect quick and easy DIY project.

Rosemary foam board sign
(Don't mind my foot photo bombing the picture)

They also had this very large No Parking sign that I picked up for our garage.  It was originally marked $159, but was on sale for a $59.00!  Yeah, who could pass that up?  I already hung it over the T.V. and it looks awesome.  Yes, my husband had to have a T.V. mounted on the wall in the garage.  It must be a guy thing.
large No Parking Sign
Both signs completely inspired me to come home and create my own.  I already had these black paper letters at home and knew they would be perfect.   After making a quick stop to the Dollar Store for foam board I was ready to create my vintage looking signs.
After cutting the board to size I arranged the letters.


A DIY tutorial for creating vintage looking signs using foam board, wax and aging dust.
Once I got them in place I glued them down using one of my kids glue sticks.  I then went over the entire board and letters with waxing cream.  Don't skimp on the wax since this is what the aging dust is going to adhere to.  I used CeCe Caldwell's wax and this waxing brush.  The brush was a splurge, but totally worth the cost, especially if you plan on waxing larger furniture pieces.
A DIY tutorial for creating vintage looking signs using foam board, wax and aging dust.
After my boards were waxed I immediately dusted on the aging dust.  I applied it heavier around the edges and worked inward. 
A DIY tutorial for creating vintage looking signs using foam board, wax and aging dust.
I was having so much fun that I even got ahead of myself and made a Christmas sign too, oops.
DIY vintage foam board signs
One of the signs says, "Truck Parking" and is hung above my son's closet in his bedroom.
DIY vintage foam board signs




A DIY tutorial for creating vintage looking signs using foam board, wax and aging dust.
Another one is hung above the door in the mudroom.  
A DIY tutorial for creating vintage looking signs using foam board, wax and aging dust.

I could seriously make these signs all day long!  They are so easy to make and perfect for just about any space.


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9 comments:

  1. Love using foam core! Such an easy and light weight alternative to wood and these look so realistic!

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  2. They turned out awesome Katie!!! I never would have known they weren't wood!

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  3. They look very vintage, Katie! Love the Flea market one especially! Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  4. These look really good like the ageing effect, thanks for sharing.

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  5. They look awesome! Something TheFruGirls have to try for some of their decorating projects ;-)

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  6. These signs are fabulous!!! When I first saw foam core.... I thought no.... but wow they turned out fantastic! I love the antiquing dust, I'm going to have to look for that!
    Thanks so much for the great tutorial... pinning!

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  7. Oh my goodness, these look amazing! You would never know they were foam core! I so want to do this now! XO

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  8. Silly question but...How do you hang these?

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