May. The end of the school year. I’m pretty sure it’s almost as crazy as December! Who’s with me? BUT, we only have one more week, and my kids will be home for the summer. Right now I’m looking forward to the relaxed schedule that comes with summer. I’ll probably be over my boys fighting with each other two weeks into the summer, but you know, that’s just how it goes, right? Anyway, while my boys are fighting, I can sit and enjoy my new Fresh Squeezed Lemonade DIY Summer Sign, and if I get my act together, maybe I could even build a lemonade stand for my kids to sale lemonade from and use the sign for that. 😉 Today I’m sharing this fun sign with you and sharing with you how to make it yourself.
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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade DIY Summer Sign Supplies:
- 9″ x 22″ Wood Board
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
- Cricut Design Space Cut File (already attached and ready to be cut)
- Vinyl or Stencil Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tools
- Cricut BrightPad
- Sponge Paint Brush
- Sealer Spray
Last week I told you about my DIY Citrus Throw Pillow and how my Hello Summer Front Porch Sign inspired me to make that pillow. Well, this Fresh Squeezed Lemonade DIY Summer Sign goes right along with those and I’ll have a couple more projects to match coming up soon too!
Once I had my design put together, I sent it to my Cricut Explore Air 2 to be cut. I love that I can cut via Bluetooth! It’s so much better than having to have the cord connecting the computer and Cricut. 🙂 For this project, I just used some black vinyl, but stenciling vinyl would be perfect for this project as well.
When I had it all cut out, I started weeding it. I love this weeding hook! I thought I loved the original weeding hook, but this one has an even finer tip, which makes weeding so easy!
When I got to needing to weed the lemons, I pulled out the BrightPad, making it much easier to see the cut lines and know where to weed.
Once weeded, I pulled out my paints and brush. Tip: When prepping wood for painting with a stencil, make sure to sand it really, really well. This is key for getting your vinyl to stick well and to not bleed under the vinyl, creating crisp lines.
I painted my board white.
While I waited for the white paint to dry, I put transfer tape on my vinyl. If you follow along with me over on Instagram, you may have seen that I asked in my stories if I should re-cut this design. My two year old got into my supplies while I was out sanding the board. He dumped a bunch of paint onto my table and vinyl decal, and when I was applying the design to the wood, I notice that he also weeded the s in fresh and q in squeezed. I opted to not cut it again, and I went ahead and weeded the other s as well. He was so super helpful!
Line up your design on your board where you’d like it, and then place it on there. Once it’s on, remove the transfer tape. (Notice the white paint on the lemons…thank you two year old! I’m just glad it didn’t ruin the stencil.)
I started by painting the green parts. The fresh squeezed and leaves.
Then I painted the yellow parts.
After it dried, I removed the vinyl. One thing about using vinyl for stencils is sometimes it leaves a sticky residue on the board. That residue can come off easily with an eraser. Just make sure that your paint is good and dry. I let mine dry overnight before I used the eraser to get the sticky off.
Once I had it just how I wanted it, I took it outside and gave it a coat of sealer spray. This is my favorite kind of sealer spray. It isn’t too shiny, and holds up well.
And now we’re ready for all the lemonade summer has to offer at our house!
I adore the way this Fresh Squeezed Lemonade DIY Summer Sign turned out and I’m working on getting a few other projects done for my summer decor too. I can’t wait to share them all with you!
Do you have a fun place for this sign in your home? Or do you have a lemonade stand that needs it? I’d love to hear where you would put your own Fresh Squeezed Lemonade DIY Summer Sign!
I couldn’t be happier with the way the lemons turned out on this sign. The lines are so crisp! I didn’t have any issues with the paint bleeding! YAY! And I just think the lemons look cool!
It almost makes me giddy to be working on the other decor so I can get this all put together and show you all the things when it’s done!
Have you started decorating for summer yet? When do you pull your summer decor out? If you need some more summer decorations, make yourself this Fresh Squeezed Lemonade DIY Summer Sign, and check out my other fun summer ideas here.