Out of all the projects I have completed, this simple-looking sign that says READ is probably one of the most tedious and time consuming. However, the end product is so much fun! I love seeing this sign hanging on my wall. Sometimes I feel that my creative skills are limited, but this seems to prove otherwise- I love it!
All of the parts to this sign are relatively cheap. So altogether the cost of the READ Sign is pretty low aside from the cost of your time. Now that I have done it once and know what I am doing, I am pretty sure that the time it takes to create this type of a sign will be significantly decreased.
The end product of this READ wall hanging is completely up to your taste in design and how in depth you want to make the project. Components can be changed such as colors, distressing, lettering, how it hangs, and the overall décor.
Paint(s) (light tan and grey/green)
Sandpaper (very light)
3D Cardboard Letters
Mod Podge (matte)
String (burlap twine)
Any other decorative items for a theme (sea shells)
You can decide whether you are going to distress the board or not. Mine has that look and I love the way it blends in with the other worn down parts of my house.
- Ensure the board doesn’t have splinters. If it does, sand it down until it is smooth.
- Paint the board with the chosen color. If going for a distressed look, paint the first layer with the underlying color and let it dry. Then paint with the top color and let dry.
- When distressing, lightly rub the sandpaper around the dried board. Some choose to only distress the edges, but I went very lightly along the whole surface and then did a little extra on the edges.
- To add a hanging rope, simply cut out the desired length of rope or twine that you plan to use. (Include a little extra length on either side of the material so it can be attached.
- Use a hot glue gun to fasten the rope to the board. Don’t use the glue sparingly- you don’t want to have to attach the rope more than once.
- Set the board aside because now we’re going to get down to the time consuming letters.
First of all, take a deep breath. You’re about to destroy a book. That’s good, a few emotional sobs are normal. Now, I am not one for measurements, especially when I already know something is going to take a while so take that into consideration.
- Rip a couple pages out of the book you will be using.
- If you’re like me, you don’t want any awkward white space on the sign. Cut along the edges of the words to remove the edges and large paragraph breaks.
- Look at an edge of your first letter and determine about how big of a piece of paper you will need to cover it. Choose a page and cut out the approximate proportions.
- Using Mod Podge, put a bit on the paint sponge and lay the paper lightly over it, covering all parts and sides of the paper. Don’t soak it, just dampen it.
- Press the damp paper onto the cardboard letter. It is okay if edges are hanging over. This can either add to the design or be covered up by other sheets.
- Continue to add Mod Podged sections onto the letter. I did a bit of layering and used varying sizes of paper on the top surface to give it less of a straight-edge look.
- You can choose to either add paper to the full surface or cut corners (literally.) I filled out all the surfaces, including the back and inside the letter holes.
- Lay the letter(s) aside to dry once the desired look has been reached.
- Find joy in the tedious process while you do this one project for the next two months.
If I were an artistic person, there would probably be more detail to the final product of the READ sign. At this stage, you’re basically on your own for how you want it to look, I can’t really help with placement of design. Just eyeball it and follow your gut instincts about how it looks.
- Tentatively place the letters and other objects across the board until you find the most titillating layout.
- Grab your hot glue gun and blast everything to ensure it will stick.
- Allow your sign to set for an hour or two so everything can be secured. Make sure the glue is completely dry before it is moved.
- Hang your blood, sweat, and tears in your cute reading nook.