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How to Make a “Vintage” Sign using Picmonkey

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in art, crafts, decorating for clients, fabric, paint, paper crafts, thrift store | 10 comments

I recently decorated a baby nursery for precious baby Jack who is due to arrive on December the 11th.  The family is Alabama fans, so I wanted to include a little houndstooth and a few elephants.  I decided to create a gallery wall with these ideas in mind.

I had pinned a tutorial about how to make vintage signs from diddle dumpling.  I must say that it was very helpful, but I did change a couple of things.

I started with 2 scrap pieces of wood.  They are actually pieces of fencing.  I braced them together with 2 smaller scraps of wood and screws.

Later, I got paranoid that it would not hold, so I added hot glue and a thing I found at the hardware store in with the nails called a “wood fastener.”  It should be pretty secure now!

Next, I painted the boards with a cheap acrylic paint in cream.  I never let my brush get very much paint on it and just kept brushing.

This is where my tutorial is a little different.

I went to Picmonkey to create the lettering.  I am going to spell out step by step how I did this. It really is super easy – I hope I do not make it confusing!

1. Go to Picmonkey.

2. Click on “Create a Collage.”

3. Save the blank collage.

4. Go back to the home page of Picmonkey and select “Edit a Photo.”

5. Retrieve the blank copy of the collage.  It will be called “PicMonkey.collage.jpeg”

6. Go to the side of the screen and click on the “P.”

7.  Choose your font.  I used Chelsea Market.

8.  Type your text.

9. Then, click the horizontal arrow button in the “Text” box.

This is what will allow you to create a mirror image, which is necessary for making this sign!

Print your image as large as you want your sign.  This might require you only printing a few letters at a time.

Turn the word face down on your painted board. Lightly paint over the back of the paper with water.  Do not get it so soaked that the paper tears, but get it wet enough that you can begin to see through it.  Rub the letters with the back of a Sharpie or some other rounded plastic object.

When you lift the paper, the image will appear on the board!  You can leave it alone at that point or paint over it.  I did give mine another coat of paint.  Then, I lightly sanded the whole thing.

I completed the gallery wall with a hodge podge of art.

All of the frames are thrift store finds.

I framed some of the left over fabric from the bumper pad.

I could not resist this quote. . . Jack’s older brother, Reed is 12!

I painted up several $1 wooden plaques from the craft store.  I sanded them and added elephants cut from the Cameo.

This big elephant is also a Cameo cut out.

For less than $30, this wall is full of fun art!

Life to the full,



Southern Hospitality

Under the Table and Dreaming

Flamingo Toes

I Heart Naptime

The DIY Showoff

My 1929 Charmer

The Tablescaper




Cowgirl Up

I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Mod Vintage Life

The Brassy Apple


Between Naps on the Porch

Home Stories A to Z

A Stroll Thru Life

Kelly’s Corner


Domestically Speaking

Elizabeth and Company

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Uncommon Designs

The Winthrop Chronicles

Coastal Charm

Primitive and Proper

Cozy Little House



Savvy Southern Style

Shades of Amber

Someday Crafts

Lil Luna

Ginger Snap Crafts

Beyond the Picket Fence

The 36th Avenue



Imparting Grace

My Re-Purposed Life

The Vintage Farmhouse

Freckled Laundry

52 Mantels

No Minimalist Here

The Charm of Home

The Shabby Creek Cottage

From My Front Porch to Yours

504 Main

Katie's Nesting Spot



My Romantic Home

French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello

Miss Mustard Seed

Thirty Handmade Days

Stuff and Nonsense

Craft Junkie Too

Common Ground

The Shabby Nest

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Rooted in Thyme

Fingerprints on the Fridge

Liz Marie

Twenty Eight O Five

Craftberry Bush


Funky Junk Interiors

Classy Clutter

Six Sisters Stuff

It’s Overflowing

Be Different Act Normal


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  1. Very cute! You have inspired me to make some signs!!!!

  2. this is genius!! Thank you!!

  3. Love it! One question….Was your printer ink jet or laser? 🙂

    • It is an ink jet printer!

  4. Your sign turned out so cute, I love easy transfer methods! And I love the elephants too, now following you!

  5. Sweetest nursery ever!! If you get a chance, I’d love for you to stop by The Tuesday To Do Party and link up!


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  6. How adorable!

  7. This is just plain cute!
    Love the elephants…and the sign look super easy.
    Love easy signs…is this for a laser printer or ink jet? I’ve tried before…with just water and it didn’t work…then I tried with polish remover… didn’t work.
    I ended up having to color mine in with an ink pen and then wet it …

    Your’s turned out really cute. love it.

    • My printer is an ink jet!

  8. So cute! What a sweet idea for the room decor.

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