Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Metal Snips and Signs

I made a couple of metal signs the other day for my son's room.  They were really easy! 

PB had a arrow that he liked.  I can handle this one...two colors, not a lot of detail!

I found a free clip art image of an arrow and put it into Microsoft Publisher. Have any of you used that? I have really taken a liking to it lately, you can do so many things with it. We blew up the arrow to the size of the metal and one of his favorite numbers.
The plan was to use Nicole's fancy Sure Cuts-A-Lot program and Cricut to print the design out on vinyl and have a sticky stencil for precise edges.
Well, we got the barfs in our house and I don't blame Nicole for not wanting us to come over! :)
Instead I cut the stencil out of paper with scissors. 

 Nicole picked up metal snips from Home Depot  last year and told me over and over again about their marvelous capacity.  She's right!  I even bought the (5 buck less) brand and I'm still happy with them.  Although, I can see how the longer snips would be helpful.
Next I used metal flashing in various sizes.  Be very careful with this stuff...IT IS SHARP!  Probably not for young kids.  I think I will mount the signs to wood so it won't cut any little (or big) fingers.

Next, we rounded of the corners.

  (You should probably be wearing heavy duty gloves while doing this .)

Then I took sand paper and rubbed over the edges....carefully.
Can you tell I'm worried about your fingers? :)

Spray paint is the only thing I had on hand that would stick to metal.  I gave the metal a base coat and after drying, used the spray paint with the stencil.

Here's the twelve my son wanted.  I really distressed this one. 
 My younger son keeps asking why I have to make everything look "old and crummy?" 
 "Why can't you just keep it new?'

So, I kept this one "shiny."


Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

hahahaha that is funny, my 8 year old thinks everything must be tea stained... cuz it's what I do... Great job on the signs...

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

They're both super cute! And I like the 'crummy' look =)

Jen@Notes From the Heartland said...

Oh I love me a good sign! And these are awesome!! I REALLY like the distressed 12...and the shiny one too. ;-) Who knew metal snips could do so much? I'll have to give this a try!! OH, and I LOVE LOVE Publisher...I use it for everything.

Unknown said...

hahaha! They don't get the that the shabbyness makes everything cool. Love both signs. My sons # since he was 7 has been #12.

Jess said...

I just finished repainting DD5's bed in heirloom white & I really intended to distress and glaze it but I know that she thinks that glazed looks "dirty" so I just left it. LOL

DeeAnna said...

AAaaaaaah boys, don't you love them? My husband said, I can't believe you just painted this chair it's chipped up already! He didn't get the part where I chipped it up myself!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Very cool!
Some day he'll get that when it comes to decor, old is always better than new.

Unknown said...

How shiny! ;) I have been trying to come up with some great ideas for my big boys' bedroom and this would look neat!

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