There are some GREAT Christmas signs out there but I wanted to make my own this year. So I created this simple O Come Let Us Adore Him Christmas sign from a $4.99 thrift store find.
Here’s what the sign looked like before I painted it. It was just a printed, mass produced sign like you might find at T. J. Maxx or Ross. Not a bad sign… but not the style I was looking for.
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O Come Let Us Adore Him Christmas Sign
- old sign, found at Goodwill
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon
- stencil brush
- O Come Let Us Adore Him stencil
- Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish
NOTE: If you’re a visual learner, scroll down to watch the video where I stenciled this on Facebook Live.
It took a couple of coats of white paint to cover the previous graphic on the sign. Probably 2 1/2 coats. There were a few stubborn places I had to go back and touch up.
Even before stenciling, I added a coat of varnish. That’s my usual technique when I’m using chalk-type paints. It allows me to distress the stenciled part without removing the base coat. And the colors won’t bleed into each other.
When the varnish was dry, I used washi tape to hold the Christmas stencil in place. Sometimes I use spray adhesive to hold my stencils but washi tape worked well for this DIY sign project.
I removed some of the black paint from the jar and spread it out onto a paper plate. This keeps me from getting too much paint on my stencil brush. That’s one of the keys to stenciling! Get some paint on your stencil brush and then “offload” it. (You can see how I do that in the video below.)
Then I just pounce the paint onto the stencil. It’s better to do several light coats instead of one heavy coat.
Once the black paint was completely dry I went back over the sign with another coat of light satin varnish.
And here’s the finished Christmas sign:
How do you like my vintage deer? I found her at a thrift store YEARS ago. One of her antlers was bent but I just glued it back and she’s been adorning my Christmas vignettes ever since. I add a few vintage red books and glass Christmas ornaments in a jar, too.
Now the ideas are flowing… how many of these signs can I make before Christmas? They would make great gifts for some of my friends and family PLUS I’m going to make a few to sell at my holiday markets.
Every time I see this jar of glass Christmas ornaments I think of the time when my sweet mother-in-law thought they were candy. That’s when we had just discovered that she had dementia and she was living with us. Luckily, she couldn’t open the jar! (I put the jar back in the attic after that incident! )
As promised, here’s the video of when I made this sign for Christmas in July on Facebook Live. (There should just be one commercial at the beginning… thanks for being patient with it. That’s how I make money to support my blog!)
These have been my favorite stencils so far. My favorite thing about them is that every design comes in multiple sizes.
If you enjoyed this O Come Let Us Adore Him Christmas sign, you might also like these:
- How to Upcycle Old Cutting Boards with Christmas Stencils
- How to Stencil Nativity Ornaments on Wood Scraps
- How to Make a Vintage Style Home Sweet Home Sign
- 14 DIY Christmas Signs
- My Favorite Stencils
Now go stencil something! We share at these blog parties.
‘Til the next project,