I’m going to sell my wares at the Rock & Shop Market in Durham on April 6th. Hopefully you can stop by and say hello! I’ve never sold offline before (excluding my retailers and that West Elm thing), so I’ve been collecting a few odds and ends to set up my table and display my products. I needed a “Wit & Whistle” sign, and this is what I’ve come up with. A rustic lettered sign like this would be perfect in so many scenarios—at a wedding, used for holiday decor, in a nursery, etc. Use your imagination! Here’s how to create your own.
wooden letters (from your local craft store)
wood stain (I used Minwax Dark Walnut 2716)
oil rubbed bronze spray paint (optional)
tiny screw eyes (2 for each wide letter and 1 for each narrow letter—size #216-1/2 x 1/2″)
1/16 inch drill bit
piece of tape
Sand any rough splintery spots on the wooden letters.
In a well ventilated area, use a sponge brush to stain the letters following the instructions on the wood stain packaging. Wear disposable gloves so you don’t end up with stain all over your fingers.
If desired, cover the screw eyes with a coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint. That way they’ll look rustic instead of shiny and new. (This step is optional and only for anal-retentive people like me.)
When the stain is completely dry, plug in your drill, hold it like a gun, and rev it a few times (just for fun).
Next grab your 1/16 inch drill bit, which is easy to spot because it’s the cutest little drill bit ever. (Note, that if you aren’t using size #216-1/2 x 1/2″ screw eyes, you may need a different size drill bit.) Drill holes in the top of each letter. For narrow letters drill one hole in the top center, and for wide letters (like W or H) you’ll want two holes in the top so they hang straight. Secure the letters before drilling to keep your fingers out of harm’s way. I clamped my letters into a little work bench like this.
After drilling, twist a screw eye into each hole.
Lay the letters out on the floor in the correct order and space them the way you want them to hang. Unwind a length of twine long enough to connect all the letters, plus a few extra feet on each end.
Wrap a piece of tape around one end of the twine so it’s easier to thread through the screw eyes. (You know, like the plastic piece on the end of a shoelace.)
Thread each letter onto the twine one and a time, knotting them in place. Make sure the letters are spaced evenly as you go along. If a letter hangs crooked, you can twist the screw eye to adjust the angle.