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Creating Signs on Wood Using Stencils



Creating Signs on Wood Using Stencils

Stenciling is probably one of the quickest and easiest ways to create amazing signs, even if you do not have good handwriting or the needed artistic mend of mind. A lame man can produce a great decorative piece using them. But there are certain tricks you must know to make the end result appear to have been done by a pro. 

After spending hours on a project, if you find that the gorgeous design you were expecting to see has come out to be a blobby, smeary mess instead, you will get disheartened. And when it comes to stenciling on unpainted wood, you have to be extra-cautious because fixing an error on such a surface is difficult. This article will tell you how you can accomplish the task without mistakes.

Materials needed

  • A stencil design of your choice
  • A perfectly shaped wooden plank
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • Paper plate
  • Paint
  • Makeup wedges
  • Toothpicks

Choosing the wooden surface

You can use this technique on any wooden surface, from custom signs to wood planks to furniture. Today, we will be doing the project on a rectangular plank of wood. You can choose any shape. But it will also depend on the stencil size because you will have to accommodate the design at the center of the plank. You can use a welcome stencil, stencils with motivational quotes, custom stencils, and simple alphabet stencils to create a sign of your own. 

Remember to choose a smooth wooden surface as it is easier to stencil on it. Rough surfaces will have little grooves where the paint might seep in, leaving a messy design. 

Using the repositionable spray adhesive

Before you place your stencil on the surface, it’s always better to spray the backside with a repositionable adhesive. Some prefer to use painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place. But the only drawback is you do not get to firmly place the entire stencil on the surface with tape. Vinyl stencils with adhesive backs meant for single use can also work. Now place the sprayed stencil exactly where you want to paint the design.

Using makeup wedges instead of a paintbrush

Well, we would like you to try this tip out for yourself. Stencil brushes and paint brushes are good for professional artists. But for a novice, using them will not give you clean lines. For a beginner, a makeup wedge sponge will be a perfect stenciling tool. 

Painting the plank

Choose any paint of a contrasting color of your choice and pour it on a plate. Dip the wedge end into the paint and blot the excess off with a paper towel. The sponge should be moist and not drenched with paint. Excess paint will ruin the design. 

Now, start dabbing the moist sponge onto the design. Do not use a motion that you use for a paintbrush, i.e., sliding back and forth. Instead, dab using up and down motion. You may need to repeat the process one more time to make the color pop. Let the paint dry, and then pull the stencil off the surface. 

Toothpick trick

If, after pulling off the stencil, you find stencil marks that you do not want to be there, dip a toothpick in the paint and fill in the gaps carefully. 


Voila! You have your DIY sign ready!

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How to Prepare for a Long-Distance Move



How to Prepare for a Long-Distance Move

More than 27,059,000 people move each year, whether traveling across the state or the country. Regardless of when you’re preparing for a long-distance move, there are several things you’ve got to be aware of ahead of time.

We’ve created a checklist that you can use full of packing tips and other things you need to know, like the importance of hiring movers to aid in the big move. The more prepared you are, the easier and more stress-free the move will be.

Get ready to settle into your new home after you check out these need-to-know packing tips below.

Plan Ahead of Time

When moving to NY from California, you need to plan ahead. You need to do this to get everything in order, such as shutting off the utilities and turning it on at the new location before you’re scheduled to arrive.

The last thing you want to do is risk arriving at your new place and not having running water or working electricity when you get there. Another reason you want to plan ahead is that if you’ve decided to hire movers, you’ll need to coordinate the day they plan to pick up your items and deliver them to the new house.

Again you don’t want to arrive at your home and the movers not arrive with your items on the day you expect them to. Not only does this leave you without your necessities, but it could also mean you pay additional delivery fees that you’d not planned for.

If it helps, you could make a list of everything you need to do before you are set to move. We recommend making this list ahead of time so that you don’t feel rushed at the last minute to get everything completed.

Hire Professionals

Moving lots of items a long distance can be tricky, especially if you’re not used to driving a moving truck. Before you’re set to move, make a list of the best movers in your area.

You can do this by creating a list of mover names and estimates from your area. Ensure you have them clarify what you’re paying for because most rental companies provide a specific number of miles locally and out of state that could increase your overall rental price.

You’ll also want to inquire about the insurance needed to schedule movers to come and help transport your items. Ensure you get the estimates for each type of vehicle they offer.

When the move is complete, the larger the vehicle and the more movers you need, the higher the rental price. Once you’ve decided which moving company you’re going to work with, take the next steps to set your reservation.

If you’re making the appointment over the phone, ask the company to send you a confirmation email once the phone call has concluded. This will ensure you have tangible evidence of your appointment reservation just in case something comes up the day of the move where you need to contact the moving company.

Begin Packing Efficiently

When you move a long distance, it’s in your best interest to only pack the items you need and discard items you no longer use. The best way to do this is to take some time to declutter your home before you begin packing.

Make a pile of the items you need to get rid of, whether that means donating or discarding them accordingly. While it might prove to be a time-consuming process, in the long run, it will pay off when you don’t have to do these things while unpacking in your new home.

This is especially true if you’re downsizing and don’t have enough room to store all the items that you have currently in your home or apartment. Another reason to declutter your home is so that you can effectively determine how much packing material you need to pack, such as boxes and packing tape.

Check your local area for packing items because there are several places online where people want to get rid of their extra boxes for free. This can help you to save on packing expenses.

Forward Your Mail

When you move into your new place, the last thing you want to happen is for essential items to be mailed to your previous email. This means you need to take the steps necessary to forward your mail to your new address, which can be done online via the united states postal service website.

When forwarding your mail, ensure you list the names of everyone moving and the address of the new home. Then you will need to specify a date when you want the mail to begin being sent to the new location.

Along with forwarding your mail, you need to remember to change the address on other government documentation, such as:

  • Car registration
  • Drivers license
  • Voter registration
  • Insurance

When you don’t place your new address on these documentation forms, completing other things you need to complete after you’ve moved can become challenging.

When you’re moving a long distance, the last thing you want to do is travel back to your previous residence to take care of things that should’ve been completed before the move.

Preparing for a Long Distance Move & Things You Need to Know

When preparing for a long-distance move, you need to know several things, such as ensuring you forward your mail ahead of time. You should also remember to schedule movers and request estimates to help move your belongings from one place to another.

If you want to know more about this topic, continue to scroll through the posts in this section.

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