If you’ve been around here for awhile you know that we have moved quite a bit. John had the idea of nailing up our old license plates to one of our trees out back. We decided to take it a step further and add city signs. We have such fond memories from every city in our life. Every time we look at the tree it’s a reminder of every stage of our lives.
We picked four cities. Indianapolis (where I’m from), Cincinnati (where John is from), Lexington (where we got married, and pregnant with Nathan), and Tampa (where Logan was born). I thought it would be fun to add the miles. I’m sure we will be driving the miles sooner or later. I think the project turned out great if I do say so myself. I’m going to share the tutorial with you in case you want to do something similar.
Wood for your city signs (I went to Lowes in the lumber section and picked out the thickness I liked the best)
All Weather Sealer
You will also need a saw to cut your wood. If you don’t have one the lumber department will be happy to make the cuts for you.
Painting the city signs is where you get creative. You can do them any way you like. I decided to paint them a solid color. I then painted on the letters. I free handed everything. You could also use stencils if you like. I also wanted to put a picture of something that represents each city. The possibilities are endless. Once they are completely dry spray them with the All Weather Sealer. Just follow the directions on the bottle.
The last step is to attach the city signs to the tree. John just drilled holes where we wanted the signs and then screwed them in. This project was super easy. I think it turned out wonderful. I love that we have something so festive and special to look at from the patio.
Do you have anything in your house representing where you have lived?
by Jen K