A warming decoration is what transforms a house into a home. Achieve this with this welcome sign that not only is it beautiful but it's not complicated to make. You can find old oil lanterns like this in garage sales or thrift stores.
Step 1: Materials
10x12 inches wood
Flexible thick wire
Long nose pliers
Gold spray paint
Silver spray paint
Black acrylic paint
Very thin flexible wire
Frame alligator hook
Old oil lantern
Starry lights string (battery operated)
Step 2: Draw Your Letters
Use the paper to draw an arch to define where your letters are going to be.
Draw your letters trying to keep the same size in all of them.
Step 3: Shape Wire
Use your pliers to shape your letters. Make a little loop at the beginning and end of some of them (except the L and the O).
Use your design to make it the right size. Once you've shaped it cut the wire.
Step 4: Same Letters
With the letter E and M you can use your first E and W as a pattern.
Step 5: Paint the Wood
Paint very light spots with the gold spray paint and also with the silver paint. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
Step 6: Black Paint
Use your brush for this step. It must be a firm brush so you can make lines in your wood.
Put a little bit of paint in the tip of your brush and make a couple of brushstrokes in a napkin. Then make soft and long brushstrokes on top of your gold and silver paint. Repeat this until you are pleased with the tone.
Do the same in the edge all around the wood.
Let it dry perfectly.
Step 7: Dots and Drill
Place the letters where they are going to be and mark little dots (two per letter) where you are going to put the thin wire to hold them in place.
Drill these dots using a very thin drill bit.
Step 8: Thin Wire
Use a very long piece of the thin wire and pass it through the first hole of the "W".
Pass it over the first loop of the "W" and introduce it in the same hole again. Pull and twist it with the end of the wire as shown in the picture #3.
You'll do this with all the holes and the letters. You may need another long piece of wire. Just imagine you are sewing something with a firmer thread (the wire)
Step 9: Alligator Hook
Flip your wood and put your alligator hook in the upper part right in the middle. Use a hammer and the little nails that come with the alligator hooks.
Step 10: Shelf Bracket
Place the shelf bracket in the middle right under the welcome arch.
Mark the holes with a marker and drill them.
Put the screws using a screwdriver.
Step 11: Lantern
Add all the string lights inside the lantern and put the glass part back in its place. You can put the battery box with some tape under the lantern.
Step 12: Ready!
Now your sign is ready to be hung. You'll feel the warmth of your home when you see it and I love that it looks like you've trapped little fairies inside.