I used old fence to make this wood sign and then added hooks along the bottom for my keys. I had another plan to decorate a key holder until I came across how to use your home printer to transfer letters to wood on Pinterest. I had to give it a try and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was.
First thing I did was build the sign. I used three pieces of wood fence and two pieces of scrap wood for the back. I nailed them together and lightly sanded the wood.
I first saw this tutorial for transferring letters to wood on Pinterest from Upcycled Treasures. I printed the saying I wanted to use with my ink jet printer in reverse. Place the letters face down on the wood. Instead of using a brush to wet the paper I used a damp sponge. I think it allows a little more control to how wet you get the paper. If you get it too wet, the ink will run.
Working small sections at a time, I used the cap of my sharpie to rub the back side of the letters, transferring the ink to the wood.
After I finished transferring, I filled in the letters with sharpie markers.
My fence wood was a little old and blah, so I used a natural colored stain to bring out the wood grain.
I drilled small holes for the hooks. This wood was very old and dry and I didn't want to take a chance of it splitting.
The last thing I did was add some hardware to the back so I could securely hang it on the wall.
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