Hanging READ Sign

READ SignOut 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.




Wooden Board

Paint(s) (light tan and grey/green)

Paint Brush

Sandpaper (very light)

3D Cardboard Letters

Mod Podge (matte)

Book (throw-away)

Sponge Brush

Hot Glue

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.

  1. Ensure the board doesn’t have splinters. If it does, sand it down until it is smooth.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  1. Rip a couple pages out of the book you will be using.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Lay the letter(s) aside to dry once the desired look has been reached.
  9. 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.

  1. Tentatively place the letters and other objects across the board until you find the most titillating layout.
  2. Grab your hot glue gun and blast everything to ensure it will stick.
  3. 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.
  4. Hang your blood, sweat, and tears in your cute reading nook.


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Early Miscarriage

Today is the day I miscarried. Excuse me. Let me start again. Today I hunched over the toilet at work sobbing while the little being I was growing slipped through my vagina into the bowl of filthy, bloody water. Today is the day a very literal part of me died.

Retrieving it from the bowl, I stare at the dark red sac. Unbelievable. I was just starting to have excitement for the child. I turn the sac over in my hands, noting the cells that had so miraculously began forming to create a masterpiece which had the makings of two imperfect parents.

An immobilizing surge of pain begins to shoot from my abdomen as my body realizes that the process of creation is terminated. My body knows it is all over. My heart begs for it to not be so. I sit quietly there, crying, cupping my hands around a bloody mess that I had such high hopes for.

“How am I going to tell Trevor?”

How could I possibly find words to explain that the organism for which we had prayed and received was now gone? Gone. Four letters that carry the weight of so much meaning.

I can’t help feeling that I failed.

While more clumps of blood flow out of me, I begin to feel foolish for believing that it was my time to be a mother. Why would I think that we could be blessed with a child so soon after deciding it was our time to be parents? So, so foolish.

Four Weeks Pregnant

My heart continues to throb. I can’t stand being in the bathroom of my workplace feeling the worst emotional pain I have ever been introduced to. The bleeding has slowed. I clean up the mess. I leave work. I get in my car. I drive home. Numb.

I try to pull myself together as I approach my street. Thinking that I am going to wait in the car for a moment, I veer my car into the driveway and begin to feel a heavy stream of blood leave my body. I don’t have time to pull myself together. My body won’t let me have a moment. No, once I found out I was pregnant I became second to the child. Even in its’ death, I am still second to the child.

Sprinting, I slam through the front door and into the bathroom. Stripping down, a burst of fluid gushes into the toilet. Tears leave my eyes without even a thought. My loudness wakes Trevor from his sleep and he comes in to check on me, asking what could be wrong.

“It’s dead.”

“I killed it.”

I don’t know how I will recover. I don’t know how to piece myself together.

A miscarriage this early is unavoidable, right? Then it shouldn’t hurt like this. But I feel utter loss. I feel hopeless. I have never felt pain like this. Nothing in my life so far has ever been this devastating. I didn’t know that something I had known for such a short period could tear me apart quite like this.   

The emotional pain miscarriage carries is infinitely deep. I didn’t feel like a mother yet, but being a part of the creation of this thing, this child: it was a part of me. It is a part of me. And it is dead.

My first child’s due date is… was… June 10th. This date will always be special.

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