Hey guys! I’m really excited about what I created for the blog this week because not only is it super cute and decorative, it’s now serving as a daily reminder for me to be less fearful. What could be better than artwork that helps you to live a happier life? Keep on reading for a look into my heart behind this DIY and the steps I took to make it.
As living, breathing human beings, fear feels like an emotion we’re hard-wired to have. It comes in many forms – anxiety, worry, dread, unease. Fear tells us that our ideas are awful, that we aren’t interesting or capable enough. It takes a beautiful dream and places it on the back burner where the risk of it can do no harm. The truth is, the real harm is done when we let that fear control us and keep us from the potential we could be fulfilling. Nothing grows when fear is around, fear only destroys.
If you’re anything like me, a visual reminder can be the perfect motivation to face your fears and climb the mountains in your life. That’s where this adorable project comes in! It’s a little rustic, a little “beachy”, and a very literal reminder that fear has no place in your life. Make this simple sign and hang it anywhere that you will see it every day.
Materials for this DIY:
- (2) 3.5 x .5 x 48″ boards
- (1) 1.5 x .5 x 48″ board
- Wood glue
- 1″ flat wood screws
- Thick rope/twine
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- Your favorite paint or stain
- Picture hangers
- Miter saw
- Power drill
- Measuring tape
- Protective eye-wear
- Fine grit sand paper
How to make it:
The first step to this project is to cut your wood to size. As listed above, you’ll need two boards that measure 3.5 x .5 x 48″ and one that measures 1.5 x .5 x 48″. I found my boards in the “Hobby Wood” section at Home Depot; they’re made of lightweight poplar so the finished product won’t need heavy-duty hanging equipment. I cut the 3.5″ boards in half, so I ended up with four 24″ long sections.
The thinner boards will be running vertically down the back of the sign, so you’ll want to cut two pieces to 14″ each (3.5″ 4 times).
The 1.5″ boards are what hold the entire sign together. To insure that they’re stable, I put a line of wood glue on each before placing them onto the back of the four aligned 3.5″ boards. I placed these thinner boards about 3″ from each side.
Once the support boards are glued on, put four 1″ wood screws into each side. Place each screw in the center of the 3.5″ board that you’re securing. Be sure that you don’t insert these too far or they will poke through the front – not pretty!
Once all the boards are secured together, give the whole thing a light sanding to remove any imperfections and soften the edges. After that, you’re ready to stain! I used Minwax PolyShades in “Honey”. I love this stuff because it’s stain and polyurethane in one – so handy!
Let your stain dry over night, and then you’re ready to do the artsy part. This aspect of crafting is my most feared because I’m about as artistic as your basic 6-year-old child. But of course, this entire project is about facing fears! I used a pencil to draw out my letters and then hot-glued the roping over it in small sections as the glue dries quickly – this also left little time to take pictures of the process. Some of the letters require the rope to be cut; just restart where you left off with the fresh end when this happens. I attached some $1 picture hangers I bought from the “Do-It-Yourself” section at Meijer to the back so I could hang it. You can also find these at Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, etc. Once your roping is glued on and the hardware is attached, you’re done!
Lovely, isn’t it? And with great purpose, as well. For about $30 and a few hours spent, you can have your own inspiring piece of hand-crafted artwork.
Aside from this project, my message to you is this: fear not, my friends. Chase your dreams and live the fullest life that you can because at the end of it, you’ll only regret the times that fear kept you from greatness.