9.21.2011

you are my sunshine.

little kohen is going to be turning 2 soon.
if you know me, you know that i like to do things on the cheap.
even with parties, i love for things to be beautiful and thought out, but i hate spending money.
i utilized many things that i already owned and ended up spending about $30 on the party (not including food which was pizza).  and it turned out so cute and fun!

this year, i wanted to have another sweet and simple little party for his birthday---so i decided on a "you are my sunshine" theme.
i love yellow...it's so bright and fun.
and let's face it---i'm not going to be able to pick the themes of my kids bday parties for much longer.
maybe i can get away with one more year with kohen--and of course, this new baby.
but that's it.

so, i've been pinning some "sunshine" painted boards on my pinterest account.
i liked them, but none of them were exactly what i was hoping for.
so, i used them more as inspiration, and decided to paint my own.


i took pictures of the process, so you could have a somewhat tutorial, but let's face it---it's pretty easy.
get a board, paint it, voila.

but first, you definitely need a helper if ones available:

i found my board sitting in my garage--it had lots of texture on it, which was what i wanted.

after you paint the board white, let it dry.
while drying, take a lunch break.
painting is hard work.

i free handed the letters, but you could stamp, or trace.

and then you're done.
and you have a lovely sign.  (mine is about 2feet x 2feet)
after we use this at the birthday party, i plan on hanging it in mr. anderson and i's room.

this took me about 45 minutes to do (not including our lunch break).
and i had all supplies on hand, so it cost me nothing.
that's a win.

happy sign making :)


18 comments:

  1. I love this - I love yellow too! And I wish I could freehand as well as you...stencils for me all the way!!!

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  2. wow you have very nice handwriting for free handing!

    I love the sign! :)

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  3. Wow I could never handwrite with a brush like that ! Even after 4 years of university art class !

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  4. So, so cute! If only my 'freehand' looked like yours!

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  5. I love it. It makes me want to start a painting project today.... to bad I have so much laundry to do that isn't going to be happening. :-( Oh well. Good job though... the party will be cute!

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  6. so simple and cute, emily. can't wait to see what the party looks like and how you do it! i love that pic of kohen with a milk mustache, btw. can't believe he's already turning 2!

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  7. That's crazy impressive free hand my friend! :-) Amanda

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  8. I love scrap wood that I find in the garage. Thanks to hubby and boys making stuff and leaving things behind for crafty mommy and girls.
    Birthday on the cheap-we did a bakery party for my 7yr old. Donuts, mini cupcakes and cake pops. Pretty much close to free since we own all the baking gear.

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  9. You free handed that?! My free-hand writing could be mistaken for my son's five-year-old handwriting, not a beautiful template. Good job!

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  10. Genius!!! Love it!
    p.s. your free-handing is pretty much rockstar girl!!!! :-)

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  11. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing -- I have a huge pile of scrap wood in my garage and now I know just what I'm going to do with it. :)

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  12. Very cute and creative. You have great handwriting! Or paintwriting?

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  13. i guess you could pop that in the mail for me if you want. ha.

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  14. Too cute! I love that song..

    :)

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  15. Oh wow, let me add to this list of comments and sing your handwriting praises! How is it that some people get all the good talents? lol :) If I made a sign people would tell my 8 year old she did such a nice job for her first attempt at paint-writing. Super cute idea, and my favorite song to sing to my babies. My little Avery,in particular, now 3 years old, would always stop crying to that one. {Sniff sniff} How quickly time marches on....

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