Outdoor Christmas Decorating: Sharpie Art Tree Sign

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I just couldn’t seem to help myself.  I enjoyed all of the reds and evergreens mixed with black and white inside my home, I had to bring it outside too.

A while back, I made this sign.  It occurred to me that I had only painted the one side, so why not turn it over and make a sign for our Outdoor Christmas decorating.

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More and more, I am becoming a fan of "doing it yourself" instead of buying it at the store and it is easier than you might think.  I have partnered up with 3MDIY.com to bring you this project.

Here is how I did it:

Step 1:

Paint the whole surface with white craft paint.  Decide where you want the top of the your tree to be and measure the center point.

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Step 2:

Draw a straight line, using a ruler, where you want the bottom of your tree to be and then, using your ruler, connect all three corners.  Then draw the shape for your trunk, using your ruler.

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 Step 3:

Then using ScotchBlue™™ Painter's Tape, line the outline of your tree.  Rub your thumb along the edge to make sure you have a tight seal and then paint it all out with red paint.  Use a ruler and craft knife to cut any sharp edged lines.

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Step 4:

I chose to add a coat of dark wax over the top of the red to tone down the brightness.

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Step 5:

Remove the ScotchBlue™™ Painter's Tape .  Use a craft knife if necessary to lift up the edge up carefully.

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 Step 6:

I chose to add my words freehand.  If you would prefer a more exact method, you can use this method.  I kept allowing my words to get larger and spaced apart further as I moved down the tree.  I used a piece of painter's tape as my guide and to draw my horizontal lines in pencil.

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Step 7:

Draw over your pencil lines with a black Sharpie paint pen.  Use a ruler to keep your horizontal lines straight.

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 Step 8:

Spray the whole sign with two coats of clear sealer to protect it in the outdoors.  It is best to keep your sign under cover.

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Surround your sign with greenery and ornaments and grab some hot cocoa and warm blanket and you are ready to enjoy some outdoor time this winter.

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