The jingle of Christmas is in the air – and you all know what that means, right? Jolly Old Saint Nick will soon take to the skies, led by his troop of cheery reindeer. But will they know where in the world to find you?
This Santa please stop here sign in your front yard should do the trick.
Gather your supplies
- A4-size 6mm MDF board
- Sample pots of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White (white) and Emperor’s Silk (red)
- Small tins of Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear and Black (see Note, below left)
- Timber garden stake
This sign is designed to be used in an undercover area. If you would like yours to sit outside in the garden where it may be affected by weather, apply exterior varnished instead of wax.
You’ll also needFine and large paintbrushes; pencil; A4 sheet transfer paper; masking tape; Annie Sloan sanding pad or fine-grit sandpaper; Annie Sloan wax brushes (2) or soft cloths (2); soft cloth for buffing; 3M Scotch Extremely Strong Mounting Tape or PVA glue; nails
Using a large paintbrush, paint both sides of the MDF board with 1 coat of white paint. Let dry.
Tip: If you’re short on time use a hair dryer to speed-up the drying process
Using a large paintbrush, apply 2 coats of red paint. Let dry after each coat.
Place transfer paper, graphite-side down, on red-painted board.
Put the printed Santa sign template on top, face-up so you can see the design. Hold diagram in place with masking tape. Using pencil, trace around design.
Tip: When you have traced the whole design, keep tape in place on 1 side and lift template to check design has transferred properly. Re-trace over any areas you might have missed.
Using white paint and a fine paintbrush, start to fill in the design. This is the fun part! Take your time, don’t rush then let dry.
Using sanding pad or fine-grit sandpaper, lightly rub over edges and parts of face of sign. Sanding at this stage will create a time-worn distressed look.
Using wax brush or soft cloth, apply a layer of clear wax to all surfaces. Using other wax brush or other soft cloth, apply a thin layer of black wax to edges of sign. Buff with soft cloth.
Paint garden stake with 2 coats of white paint. Let dry after each coat. On back of sign attach stake in a centred position, using mounting tape or PVA and nails.