Yes, another driftwood post. I can’t help myself!
Every time I go to our family’s lake house on Seneca Lake, my dad will drive the boat to the other side where he and the hubby do a little fishing while I hop into the freezing water and make my way to the shore. With a large blue Ikea bag in hand, I scour for awesome driftwood pieces.
I love using it for DIY projects! What’s not to like? It’s free, beautiful and extremely versatile.
We were up there last month and I returned with another large bag full of different sizes. While I was looking for a piece of scrap wood for a sign to put above our pass thru in the living room, I couldn’t find one that was long enough. Then, I nearly tripped over the bag of driftwood that was conveniently sitting in the middle of my office. I took a quick peek and found a piece that was long enough, flat and had a great surface.
I knew I wanted the phrase “Live Simply” and I wanted it to be simple to go along with the the meaning.
I figured it would look nice if I just wrote on it freehand using a Sharpie paint pen. I wrote it out and it was okay. I’m not a real fan of my handwriting at times, but this seemed to work.
I attached a picture hanging bar to the back and hung it up. It looked nice!
Until the next day.
I was sitting on our couch just staring at it and I started hating it more and more. It looked really amateur, like something my 21 month old would write. Down it came and out came the sandpaper.
I sanded off the writing and started a different process.
Using PicMonkey, I found a font that I wanted, mirrored the image and printed it out.
I cut the words out and taped it to the wood. I then took a pen and traced out the letters making sure I was applying enough pressure. Since driftwood is really soft it’s really easy to put an impression in the wood.
I removed the paper and traced the indent with my Sharpie paint pen again. Perfect! It was exactly what I was looking for. I sanded it down a little more just to dull the brightness of the white paint.
I love it. What do you think?
If you would like to purchase one of my handmade driftwood signs please visit my Etsy shop or contact me for a custom piece.