Making signs and decorations is part woodworking, part craft project and all about expressing yourself. Whether you're making signs or decorations for yourself or to give as gifts, this is one project that's as much fun to plan as it is to do. Put on your thinking cap, crank up your creative engine and let the fun begin. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.
There really is no right or wrong way to go about making your signs. But we do have a few simple suggestions to help your sign- and decoration-making more productive.
The pattern sets the mood for your sign and begins conveying your message even before anyone is close enough to read any words you may use. A sign in the shape of a waving flag or a firecracker exploding says Independence Day, while one with heavily scalloped edges and curves gives a sense of old world craftsmanship and adds weight to the message. Choose a pattern that complements your message.
If you're not artistically inclined, look through magazines to find the shape or shapes you want and have it or them blown up at a copy centre. For signs with curves and scallops, use common household items like coffee and soup cans to trace the curves onto your wood stock.
Good idea: If you want a decorative edge treatment, use a router and a piloted bit to add the edge to your board. Add a third dimension to your art by routing or carving relief and contours into the design.