Monday, September 10, 2012

How to Make the Grateful Sign Decor

I love the fall!  My fall decor is some of my favorite.  This year I am adding a new grateful sign to the decor.

Once a month I get together with a group of friends and we all bring projects we are working on and visit and craft together.  There is often more talking than creating but it is so much fun.  This month, several of us were inspired by the project found here on Pinterest and wanted to make our own.

Picture Frame with Glass- any size I used 8X10
Spray Paint- I used Rustoleum Heirloom White
Contractors Paper (or any paper you want)
Fine Point Sharpie
Vinyl or Sticker Letters

1- Spray Paint Frame
I started with a simple, black 8X10 picture frame.   I spray painted the frame Rustoleum Heirloom white (available for half the price at Home Depot).  This is a beautiful color that isn't a true white, but more antique looking.

2- Cut Paper Backing
I then cut a piece of brown contractors paper to fit in the frame.  I used the back of the photo frame for a template for the correct size.

3- Line Paper
I then measured and lightly drew straight lines across the paper with pencil every 1/2" as I knew I would never be able to write text straight without it and it really does not take away from the piece at all.
Shows lines and words up close

4- Write Grateful List
I began writing with sharpie what things I was grateful for as I thought of them, so in totally random order. Leave a little room on all four sides or when you put it in the frame they might get cut off.  I had to pull up a web site with how to write letters in cursive as it is amazing how many capital letters I don't remember anymore.

Don't worry if you don't have the best writing, I certainly don't- there is enough text and it is small enough that even imperfect writing still looks great.

You can use a bigger frame if wanted but the bigger the frame the more you will have to write.
my completed list on the paper
Then I just simply put the brown paper in the frame and put the back on, just like putting a picture in a frame.

5- Cut Grateful Letters
Then I used my Silhouette to cut out the word grateful.  I used Bookman Old Style font and my font was 6" long and just a little over 1" tall.

6- Place Sticker and Enjoy!
I measured to find the mid point of the frame and tried to line up the words as evenly as possible.

Let me know if you try it, I would love to see your finished product!

You can find my other projects by clicking here or on my DIY/Projects tab on top.

Will be linking up with the following crafting parties this week.
PhotobucketTodays Creative Blog

It's Overflowing


  1. I can't even tell you how much I love that! AWESOME idea!

  2. I really love this idea!! It's even simple enough for me to make. :o)

    That's great that you've got a group of girls with the same interest as you. Doing something with someone else always makes it so much more fun. That's how I feel about the girls I run with!

  3. That is super cute! Ive been looking at crafts all weekend, this is one I want to try.

  4. That's really cool! I love are Miss Crafty!

  5. I like that idea! I just might be able to do this one. :P

  6. I love it, super cool, but I'm lazy, will you make mine ;)

  7. That's really cute. You could do a lot of things with that. Like a "family" one, with the names of family underneath. Fun.

  8. I love it!! I'm sure that if I did the same project it wouldn't turn out as straight and perfect as yours is!

  9. That is really cute! I really like it Em!

  10. I love this idea! And it doesn't seem like it's too hard even for craft-phobic me! I'm going to pin this and try it at some point. Thanks for sharing your creativity. :)

  11. I love it it is very cool and a great way to remind yourself of all you're grateful for

  12. This is so adorable! I even have an extra white frame....but not a Silhouette.

  13. The simplest things are always the BEST!! This has given me a great idea for our Photo Wall at home, Thank you xx

  14. I love the idea of a craft group. And your grateful sign is fantastic!

  15. I LOVE the idea of a craft group. Do you rotate houses? I love your project.

  16. This is absolutely adorable! What a great idea!

  17. I absolutely love this! Such a wonderful idea :D

  18. What a beautiful idea! I am sort of in love with it. At some point in time, hopefully soon, I am going to have to try this. Emmy, you are so creative! Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. I'm so glad that I found you on Overflowing With Creativity! I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing:)


  20. This is so cute I am totally loving it! Thanks so much for sharing at my party! I'm featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee | simply inspired home living

  21. I love this, its absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for sharing ;-)

  22. This is such a cute idea! I think I'm going to get some ladies together from church and do a few of these as a project. :D

    1. I ended up making these with the sisters I visit teach! Thanks for the idea! Didn't paint the frame white, but I'm thinking about it. I included a couple pictures of mine in my post about the holidays:

  23. Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I've featured it in my Top 10 List of Handmade Gifts.

    thanks again!