How to Create a DIY Family Sign with your Wedding Date

Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! Make one for your home as a sweet reminder of your special day and the love you share. These signs also make wonderful gifts for weddings and bridal showers!
Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy

Wedding season is upon us, and this year I have a very special family member getting married in July. My husband’s Aunt finally met her Prince Charming last year through their church, and though he has been married before and has three wonderful, amazing daughters (and two very cute grandchildren!), she has never been married and has waited a long time for this day. He is truly such a kind and loving man, and I am so grateful that they found each other!
When I got married, I received a gorgeous hand painted sign with our name and wedding date, and it is something I have cherished ever since. But every time I look at that beautiful sign I think, “I know I can make that myself!” And that’s exactly what I did for our Aunt and soon-to-be Uncle!
Making their sign was so simple with a little bit of paint and some help from my Silhouette CAMEO! Follow these easy instructions to create a gorgeous family sign of your own:
First you’ll need to choose the board for your sign. We have tons of scrap wood in our garage, so I grabbed this piece that was already cut to the size I wanted. Don’t you just love when projects are simple like that? Then sand the board to a smooth finish to get it ready for paint. 
Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy
I’ve painted many things in my lifetime, and this is one of the best tricks I’ve learned along the way:
When you’re doing a project that doesn’t require paint on both sides, gently hammer a few nails into the back of the board around the perimeter. The board will sit up off your work surface, and you can easily paint the edges without having your board get stuck to the table! I’m telling you, this tip is a KEEPER! I highly recommend pinning it for later! 

AWESOME PAINTING TIP! Learn how to easily paint around edges without getting paint on your table!
First paint your board with a primer. 
Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy

Then paint at least two coats of your desired paint color. I love this Woodlawn Colonial Gray from Valspar. Just about my whole house is painted in this color! P.S. you can check out my easy method for storing and organizing leftover paint here!

Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy

Once the paint is totally dry, it’s time to work on the lettering for your sign. I could have hand painted the letters (like I did here and here), but frankly I didn’t have the time or patience for that method so I opted to use vinyl letters cut with my Silhouette machine. It’s fast, easy, and looks much cleaner than painting everything by hand. Just open your Silhouette Studio software and add your last name in a large, traditional text. The little rulers on each side make it super easy to size the letters to fit your board. Once you’re happy with the way it looks, feed a roll of vinyl into the machine and watch it do all the hard work for you!

Psst! If you don’t have a Silhouette cutting machine yet, there’s a big sale coming up on Wednesday! Make sure to check back to get a discount code and see what other amazing things Silhouette can do! Seriously, it’s my absolute favorite crafting tool!

Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy
To easily transfer the cut letters to your sign, use a piece of transfer paper and place the letters in the center of your sign, slightly more towards the top. The grid lines on the transfer paper make it easy to keep the letters level. 

Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy

Peel away the transfer paper, and you have one part done! Only two more to go!

Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy

Next, create a second design in your Silhouette software with your wedding date and a special phrase. I chose “Our journey together begins here…” but my own wedding sign says “All because two people fell in love.” Choose something that will be special and meaningful to you!

Cut your second design with a coordinating color of vinyl and use the same method to transfer the letters to the sign. Place the date centered on the bottom of the sign and the phrase centered on top of the name.

Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy

I chose white vinyl for the name so it would be light and fade into the background, and I used black vinyl for the rest of the letters so they would stand out. You can use classic colors like these or try playing around with the colors of your wedding! Just don’t forget a tape measure to help center your designs.

Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy
To ensure your sign will stay beautiful for a long time to come, I recommend sealing it with a few coats of polyurethane. I absolutely adore this matte poly from Varathane and have been using it on tons of projects lately. It dries crystal clear with a beautiful matte finish.
Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy
Once the polyurethane is dry you are ready to hang your sign! Add two sawtooth hangers to the back of the board and place it in a special spot in your home. Every time you walk past, it will bring back sweet memories and a smile to your face!
Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy

Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy

Learn how to create a DIY Family Sign personalized with your wedding date! These signs also make great gifts for showers and weddings! Get the how-to at LoveGrowsWild.com #wedding #diy
I love the way my sign turned out, and I hope it brings so much joy to my Aunt and her new husband as they begin their new life together! 

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Top 12 Posts of 2012

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2012 is gone, and I’m taking a look back at my top 12 posts from the year! This has been such an amazing year for me and my family, and 2012 was the year Love Grows Wild was born! I cannot wait to see what 2013 will bring… I have big plans for this little blog!!

So without further adieu, here’s a look at 
Love Grows Wild Top 12 Posts of 2012!

I’ve tried a million ways to organize my recipes, and this is hands-down the best! Recipe Binders make things easy to find and easy to keep up with your recipe organization. Mine includes sections for “recipes to try” for those days you get stumped on meals ideas!

To celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary, I co-hosted a Wedding Week series on all the details of our wedding. I posted on everything from our hand-made pocket invitations, the wedding party attire, DIY decorations, our ceremony, my beautiful cake, our honeymoon destination, and lots of memories from that day! My co-host, Kelley from The Grant Life, was one of the first blog friends I made through this series! This post on my wedding decor was by far the most pinned of the series. 
I love the Fall updates I made to my home decor this year, and this Sweater Pillow was one of my favorites! A turquoise button-up sweater from Goodwill became an adorable and cozy pillow cover!
I have had SO much fun decorating my boy’s bedroom in our new house. I made them a Paper Airplane Mobile from an old bike tire, added some Definition of a Hero Wall Art, tackled the DIY Rain Gutter Book Shelves I’ve seen all over Pinterest, and created a gorgeous Ruler Growth Chart using an old board and homemade vinegar stain. But this Lullaby Lyric Pillow is by far my favorite project I’ve done for their room. I hand wrote the lyrics to our favorite lullaby on a pillow for them to snuggle every night. It’s something my boys cherish!
Curtain rods can be expensive! This DIY Curtain Rod from electrical conduit only cost $1.67, and I was able to cut it in half and use it for two windows!

My breezeway got a woodsy makeover for Winter with evergreens, pinecones, and this Deer Head Burlap Pillow. It was easy to assemble and only uses a Sharpie to make the deer head! It goes perfect with my Winter decor, but is versatile enough to leave out all year around!


My most viewed Christmas project of 2012! This idea, adapted from The Crafted Sparrow, uses little felt triangles to create these adorable Felt Pine Trees. 

When we first moved into our new home, my kitchen was in definite need of some organization! We turned an unused closet into an efficient and organized pantry. Lots of great storage ideas!

This Ruler Growth Chart was created using an old board, a Sharpie, and homemade vinegar stain. Simple and stunning! It fits perfectly in my boy’s bedroom. 

Don’t you hate when the wick in your candle burns down the center, leaving tons of wax remaining around the sides? Don’t waste anymore money throwing them away! In this tutorial, I show you how to melt the candles down to create a new, layered candle!

My family LOVES tacos, but they can be so messy and hard for kids to eat! This Beef and Bean Taco Casserole solves that problem… all the goodness of tacos put together in a casserole! Your family will devour this meal!!

This was my VERY first project I posted and my MOST viewed of 2012! It has almost double the page views of my second most popular post! Beginner’s luck I guess : ) Even with the terrible photo, it’s still an adorable gift for teachers!


I just want to say thank you so much for reading Love Grows Wild, and I cherish each and every one of your comments, kind words, and friendship! I can’t wait to show you Love Grows Wild has in store for 2013!  

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Wedding Week Announcement

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My husband, Jeremy, and I will be celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary coming up on June 4th. To help celebrate, I thought it would be fun to do a week-long series starting on May 28th looking back through our wedding and share with you all the tips and tricks we used to save money and the MANY do-it-yourself projects we did! Boy, if I had this little blog back then I would have enough posts to fill a year from our wedding alone!
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Here’s a preview of what you’ll get to see during Wedding Week:
Day 1: The Invitations
Day 2: The Look
Day 3: The Decorations
Day 4: The Ceremony
Day 5: The Cake
Day 6: The Memories
Day 7: The Honeymoon
Don’t miss any of the Love Grows Wild Wedding Week!
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