Go Jump in the Lake Sign

May 10, 2011

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I kept seeing these adorable Go Jump In The Lake signs and knew immediately that my mom needed one for her lake house. The problem was that they were upwards of $75 or more...yikes! So I decided to try to make my own sign. I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out!

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For this project you'll need a piece of wood cut to the size you want. Mine is 24in x 24in and came pre-cut at Home Depot. They have larger sizes too and can cut it for you...but this one seemed to work just fine for me. You'll also need to cut out letters for your words. I used Ariel font and just printed out the letters on the computer and then cut them. Next you'll need to pick out your paint colors. I used Behr's Swan Wing for the back ground and Windwood Spring for the letters. I think I'm in love with Windwood Spring now.

The total cost for this project was under $12....not too bad! Oh, and you'll also need sand paper and a tiny brush, which I forgot to include in the photo.

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First, paint your wood white. I used three coats but also watered it down a little because I wanted some of the wood to show through. 

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Next, measure and place your letters securing them with some tape. I measured the sides but mostly just eye-balled the spacing of the letters. Just remember as the Nester says, it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!

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Then just trace your letters with a pencil. I ended up going back and erasing the lines so that they were very faint. You don't want to see pencil marks on your final project. 

Then go a head and start painting. This took FOREVER. Remember to use a small brush for this step. I used two coats of the Windwood Spring paint....the second coat goes on way easier than the first.

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Then I let everything dry over night. The next day I went to town sanding and antiquing the letters and edges. I also sanded the white spaces here and there to make it look old.

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So I hope you like this mom! If not, I totally won't mind keeping it for myself.

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19 Responses to “Go Jump in the Lake Sign”

  1. WHAT!? You sanded the edges? WHO ARE YOU?!

    I love it. It's happy. It's cute. And the phrase is highly apropos for so many situations... the least of which being the lakehouse. ;)

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  2. I LOVE IT!!! It will be a great addition to the lake house, I can't wait to see it up on the wall.

    You are just getting too crafty!

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  3. It looks awesome! So crafty :)

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  4. Looks great! And just as great as the $75+ one!

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  5. OBSESSED. . . seriously. obsessed!!!! i adore it. and want one. even though i dont own a lake house. . .

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  6. That is so cute! You always have the best home decor ideas!

    We don't have a lake house, but, we have a pool--that might be a fun thing to make to hang in the backyard "go jump in the pool".

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  7. I have seen so many of these wood projects going around!! This is awesome..such a good idea. I may have to make one but with a different quote :) thanks for the idea!

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  8. I love it!

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  9. I don't know who in their right mind would pay $75 for a SIGN! I'm glad you thought to make your own. It came out great!

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  10. SO AMAZING!! It looks great!

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  11. this is adorable! I might have to make one myself.

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  12. That is so cute!! Kyle's parents just bought a lake house... I might have to make one of these for them I know they would love it!!

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  13. I'm so impressed! Looks great!

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  14. So cute!! :) Now if only I had a summer vacay house for this...haha!

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  15. Super cute and affordable. Great job!!!

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  16. Ohhh I love this idea! Would be great for our house...in Lake Tahoe! :)

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  17. I love this, amazing idea and job!

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  18. haha too cute! thanks for such a fun craft idea

    great blog - i'm your newest follower
    cheers!
    cailen

    www.cailenascher.blogspot.com

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