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Create your own rustic Christmas ‘Joy’ sign

Habitat bright ideas with Fleur Thorpe – DIY projects

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own rustic Christmas ‘Joy’ sign.

A handpainted rustic Christmas sign
Wall: Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay, Mantle: Resene Half Rice Cake and Small wooden Christmas trees: Resene Lonestar.

You will need


Step 1:  Prepare your board by sanding off any rough areas with medium grit sandpaper. Paint Resene Double Blanc over your board. For a more rustic look don’t go right to the edges, allowing some of the weathered timber to show.

Step 2:  Once the paint has dried, paint on Resene FX Crackle effect over the painted area. Leave to dry for two hours.

Step 3:  Cut out your Joy letters and use loops of sellotape to stick them to your board. Make sure the letters are evenly spaced and straight. Using a small piece of foam sponge, dab Resene Lonestar over the letters, making sure to cover all the Resene Double Blanc paint.

Step 1 - Sand and paint board Step one

Step 2 - Paint crackle effect Step two

Step 3 - Stencil background colour Step three

Step 4:  Carefully remove the letters while the paint is still wet. If you want to give your finished piece a more aged and distressed look, lightly sand it all over with a medium grit sandpaper.

Top tip: For a multicolour effect to suit your seasonal theme, use 2-3 Resene testpot colours sponged over your base colour. Make sure your letters contrast well with the colours you are sponging on.

Step 4 - Remove letters Step four

Paint letter details Sign detail

Styling and images by Fleur Thorpe, 2018.

Habitat bright ideas
Need to add colour, pattern or a little creativity to your place? Check out these easy step by step DIY project ideas created in collaboration with Fleur Thorpe. We hope you enjoy making and painting these bright ideas and bringing colour to your home inside or out.

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