Everything gets personalized these days and you don’t have to have fancy machines to do a lot of that personalizing yourself. Let me show you a few simple DIY methods.
Almost anything made out of wood can be personalized with a computer print out. Scrap wood trugs, wood step stools, toy boxes, and signs are just a few examples of items you can make your own with a few easy steps.
It’s fun, easy, fast and makes for great gifts. Apply this method to store bought items or pieces you built yourself.
and more trugs:
I’ve made a bazillion wood signs using the same computer print out technique:
The technique is very simple.
* For an updated post on this how-to click here.*
Here’s how to personalize wood items without vinyl stencils:
1. Print out letters (font shown here is American Typewriter) and line up on piece.
Using a ballpoint pen trace outline of letters:
The pressure of the pen creates a slight indent in the wood.
2. Paint inside the indent:
The indent actually creates a tiny dam to hold the paint.
I use this technique on every wood piece I paint.
The look is clean and neat but still has that handpainted feel.
Detail shot on this Banksville sign proves that:
Wood and paint go hand in hand.
Up next, personalizing with fabric and thread!