Monday, June 3, 2013

Homemade Name Sign from our Honeymoon

Since our 2-year anniversary is coming up in 2 weeks, I thought I'd post about the sign we made from our honeymoon pictures.  We stayed at the Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel in Punta Cana and it was amazing!  A beautiful resort with extremely friendly staff and room service included!!  I would highly recommend to all honeymooners! 

We were so impressed with the resort's interior design that we spent our first evening exploring and taking pictures.  Mark came up with the idea to look around the resort for the letters of our last name so we could create our own name sign back home.  I loved the idea!  I'd always wanted one of those signs (who doesn't want to show off their new last name?) but thought they were so expensive!  This way we could make our own for less that also held personal meaning.  We spent the rest of the honeymoon looking for our letters, it was really fun!  Here's what we found:
Coffee table in lobby
Steering wheel on ship

Towels on tub
Part of decorative wall
Stones on exterior wall

Palm trees
Palm trees  

Sadly it took us almost 2 years to create the sign, but it was worth the wait!  After trying to place the letters in a pre-made sign from Hobby Lobby (and failing) I found an awesome homemade sign on Pinterest.  I can't take credit for the design steps, so if you want to know how to make the sign you can follow the tutorial here

A few notes from our construction experience:  We used a 1x8 board since we have 7 letters in our last name.  We used the width of a pencil to evenly space the photo frames (from Dollar Tree).  We used a strong Elmer's glue to secure the frames to the board, but some seeped out and even though it dried clear you can still see it up close.  Mark would recommend a non-foaming wood glue instead.  I printed all the pictures from my computer at home in Sepia tone.  We only used one coat of stain on the wood.  And I think that's all the misc. information on making the sign itself.  The finished product:


This picture doesn't really do it justice, it looks great hanging above our TV in the living room.  Soon I plan to post a house tour on here so you can see it in context with the room!

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