My alarm clock radio is set on a classic rock station and the other day I woke up to one of my favourite all time songs… Signs by Five Man Electrical Band, and it occurred to me that I’ve never made a sign… at least not that I can remember. Maybe I made some poster-type signs in school, but I can’t even remember if that’s true.
So for this month’s Junk Revision Challenge, which is all about Valentine’s or Hearts or anything to do with love, I decided to go ahead and finally take the plunge.., and make a junk love sign.
To make my junky love sign I went into my stashes to see what I could come up with.
So here’s what I used to make my love sign.
Did you have a stencilled sign like this back in the day? I bought this one way back in the 80s and it’s been in a closet for years. I decided it was finally time to give it a makeover.
The first thing I had to do was cut my pieces of sheet music to size.
The easiest way to do this is to place the pages where you want them and press down on the edges of the sign to make lines in the paper. No measuring required. Then simply cut at the lines.
I wanted a classic song about love so I chose Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. Not that anyone will be reading the music , but I’ll know it ‘s there.
I applied a coat of matte Mod Podge to the sign.
Seems kinda backwards to be covering up hearts for a Valentine’s Day project. lol. There’s nothing wrong with this sign, but the style hasn’t been me in years.
Then I applied a light coat to the back of my sheet music.
After both pages were on the sign I covered it with three coats of MP, letting each coat dry in between.
I glued on my old junk using my glue gun.
My L is a very vintage wall hook; the O is a vintage and oh so beautifully aged cookie cutter from my large and growing collection; the V is made of 2 springs; and the E is some junky pieces and a back plate for a drawer pull.
It’s probably fine just like this, but you know me… I always have to take it just a bit further… maybe too far sometimes. lol.
I dug into my vintage costume pearl necklaces stash to see what I could find to dress it up.
Using my glue gun again I outlined the sign in pearls.
I love the combo of pearls and aged and rusty metals. It just does it for me.
I added a couple of O ring hooks and an aged gold tone chain for hanging.
And Voila! It’s done.
In case you’re wondering if I noticed that there’s some brown aging on the sheet music… I did, and I decided it was perfect because of it.
I’m totally into embracing this whole aging thing these days… in my projects and myself. I say love the skin you’re in… whether you’re 25 or, in my case, 54. This sign will be my reminder to do just that.
So how did I do for my first sign project?
It’s all about the love and it isn’t ‘blocking out the scenery’, or ‘breakin’ my mind’. lol. Now I think I’m hooked, and there will definitely be more Signs in my future.
Be sure to check out all the links below for some fun and fabulous inspirational projects.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.