Hey friends! I am having a little anxiety over the current state of my front porch! I haven’t lived anywhere with snow or temperatures this cold, since I was a kid. And, all my flower pots and plants are dead and it is just plain ugly! I have LOVED my Fall Front Porch, specifically my Fall Farm Porch Sign. So, I decided it was time to get my butt in gear and start decorating my Porch for Winter!
I knew I wanted to start with a fun vertical sign for next to my door, so that is what I am sharing with you today! It is super easy and such a statement piece! It is the main thing your guests will see as they come to my door, so I didn’t want anything red or too loud. Just something simple and clean!
I started with a 1×8 and I cut it down to 4 ft tall! I wanted one side of the board for me to use for Christmas and the other to last me into January for Winter. So, I painted one side gray and one side white.
For the white side, I wanted it to look a little rustic. So, before painting the coat of white, I painted a real rough coat of brown paint. When I applied the white coat, I applied it in different thicknesses and with the brush strokes pretty apparent. You can see in the picture below the brown barely showing through and the rough brush strokes!
For the Winter side, I painted it with a clean gray coat! I also took the gray onto the edges of the board to help give it a framed look.
Then, I cut some vinyl stencils using my Cricut Explore to say the words STAY WARM for my Winter side and BELIEVE for my Christmas side. I kept the letters approx 6″ wide and just chose a font size that made my words approx 40″-42″ in length. The word Believe was a little short, so I also grabbed a Reindeer Silhouette cutout from the Cricut Design Space Studio to put at the bottom! Super simple huh?!? For all you artsy people – I also think it would be really cool to free hand the words! I’ve always wished I had better handwriting for projects like this!
I absolutely love how it turned out! And now I am even more excited to finish designing and decorating my Winter Front Porch!
*This tutorial was originally shared over at 30 Handmade Days!