The LOVE sign was my favorite piece I made for our wedding. (and I made a LOT of stuff!) I’ve shown you bits and pieces of it over the last few months, but I think it deserves its very own post 🙂

It stands approximately 1.2m high, and spans ~4m depending on how much you space it out.

I started by finding, downloading and installing a font that I liked. I went for a circus style font, which gave me a lot to work with. I used Adobe Illustrator to lay out my letters, as this allows me to set the size and tile it ready for printing.

Then I scoped out Bunnings (yep, most of our paychecks go to them!) for suitable wood to make it from. I found a large piece of ply wood approx 1.2m by 2.5m by 12mm and bought that. I used the dimensions of the wood to determine the size of the letters. I quickly realized that I wanted my sign to be bigger than one piece of ply would allow, so I got a second piece and scaled my letters even bigger. I was able to cut two letters from each piece, with small amounts left over which Guy used for other projects.

Once I had my letters the size I wanted, I headed to office works and printed them off on A3 paper. Once back at home, I taped all the pieces together, then cut out each letter. This became my template to trace onto the wood.

I printed the letters at Officeworks on A3 paper and then taped them together to make a template.
Tracing the letters onto the wood

I got a new jigsaw just so I could cut these out! Hadn’t used one in years, and I learnt a few things along the way… like be careful of whats underneath… you don’t really want to cut into the table!

Using the jigsaw to cut the letters out

Once I had all the pieces cut, I put on Netflix and plonked myself down on the lounge with some sand paper and went to town on the edges until they were nice and smooth. Probably not the best idea if you like your couch, but ours is horrid and desperately needs replacing, so whats a little saw dust to add to the mix of unknown grossness.

Sanding the letters in the lounge room!

They went into the garage for a few months after that. We pulled them out again a few weeks before the wedding to finish off.

Guy added H frames to the back. He added holes so we could peg them down (luckily as the day was terribly windy and they would have blown over otherwise)

H frame on the back makes it stand

When painting them, I started with a base coat of white (thank you leftover house paint!)

White under coat

I printed off small copies of the letters and tested colour combinations. Armed with a plan, I set about painting the letters in pretty colours! All the paints we had left over from other projects. The white was what the builders left after the house was painted, the lime green is the colour of Guys study and the other colours we bought when we refurbished chairs for the alfesco. I finished painting the letters two days before the wedding!

Testing colour combinations for the letters before painting the real thing.
Painting the letters

It looked amazing on the day. And lots of people took photos standing with it. A certain cheeky monkey loved to sneak into the photos as well!

It looked amazing on the day! Even (especially?) with a cheeky monkey hiding in there 🙂

Unfortunately me and Guy never got a photo with it 🙁 The closets I have is these photos before it was finished, and a selfie I took the day after.

Guy with the sign before I had painted most of it
We were just seeing the size. It was exactly what I had imagined!
I made a “Selfie game” for people to play throughout the day. I completed mine the day after. This was me with “lots of LOVE”

We put it up for sale, as we did with a lot of the wedding stuff, but no takers yet. We were told by one of our friends that under no circumstances are we to sell it. So I guess it goes into the garage for the time being. Could be cool to have a family photo with when (if) we ever have children.

Have a creative week!

<3 Cate

Wishing Well

This was another collaborative project with Guy.

We were umming and ahhing about what to do for a wishing well for the upcoming wedding. I thought it might be cool to do something in a similar fashion to Guy’s BAR sign.

So we ran with the idea. Gathering more rustic fence palings from The Green Shed, and dipping into our paint stash.

Firstly we needed to cut the palings down to size, so we (tried to) cut them in half. We’re not great with measuring, so we didn’t get them exactly in half and ended up cutting a small piece of one side as well.

Guy cutting the fence palings to size on the table saw.

Once everything was cut to the right size, we painted them in the same rainbow pattern as the BAR sign and left them to dry.

Cate does some painting
Guy does some painting
A rainbow of colours!

We used a piece of off cut, left over from our poor measuring skills, to screw each plank into a box like shape, and a simple lid.

Guy screwing the box together

We left a gab in the middle of the lid so people can “post” their cards and well wishes.

Here you can see the gab in the middle of the lid that will be where people can “post” their cards and well wishes

I found a font I liked, wrote “Wishing Well” and printed it off. Then I used my awesome tracing skills to trace it on the side of the box. I have been using a ballpoint to trace over the design, this leaves an indent that I can go back over with a pencil. This method didn’t work for this, the wood was too hard. So I created my own carbon paper by couring in the paper on the back of the design, so when you use your ballpoint to trace over the design, it leaves a line, just how carbon paper does.

Tracing the words onto the side of the box

I painted in the writing with white paint.

Painting the words on

We plan on lining the box with fabric.

It’s very rustic and colourful! It is going to look amazing with the rest of our decorations!

The wishing well !

16 days to go!

Have a creative week <3

Bar Sign

First up – I have to admit this wasn’t really my project. It was totally Guy’s project. I just helped him realise his dream! But it is way too awesome not to share!

Guy got the idea that he wanted to make a statement “BAR” sign for our wedding. He took his time researching and pinning ideas on pinterest.

He settled on the idea of using rough fence pailings, then painting these in a rustic way, in a rainbow of colours, before painting “BAR” over the top.

We managed to pick up the palings for free (well, I did spend $300 on a Happy Jack Quilting Frame, which I am still yet to find out if it was worth it or not, and the wood was thrown in for free, but that’s another post) from our wonderful “The Green Shed“. Seriously, if you ever find yourself in Canberra, check them out!

Guy wanted the wood a little darker, so we spent an evening staining them. Then a week airing out the garage because the smell of the stain was so strong!

Next up, we dug through the garage and found some leftover paint. Some time last year, we painted a set of chairs in bright colours for our alfresco area. These were the perfect colours for this project! (Yes, we love our colour in this house!) We dry brushed each plank of wood a different colour.

Once we had arranged the planks in a colour order that we were happy with, we flipped them over and screwed supports onto the back to hold everything together.

Now for the text. This is where my amazing graphic design skills came in. I jumped into illustrator and we played around with different fonts. We settled on a pretty basic font. I then copied and pasted the text behind the word, and made it grey. This became a shadow. I saved this in tiles, then sent Guy off to Office Works to print it out (because, as most things we have been doing for the wedding, it ended up being massive!). We then had to sticky tape all the bits together.

We placed this on top of the wood and used ball point pens to trace over all the outlines. This left an indentation in the wood, which we then traced over with chalk so we could see it a bit better.

We painted the letters out in white paint, (leftovers from the house). For the shadow, we added a small amount of charcoal to each of the colours of the planks.

It turned out amazingly! I can’t wait to see it hanging above the bar area at our wedding!