Friday, January 11, 2013

Bee Mine

Apparently half the blog-o-sphere made large antiqued signs that read either "Joy" or "Noel" last month. I never took a picture of it during Christmas, but here's mine laying on my kitchen counter:

When I was finally putting away my Christmas Decor, I thought I could flip it over and put something Valentinesy on the back.  
If you want to make your own, it's a super low tech project.

1. Step 1: lightly paint your board 
optional: sand it when it dries.
2. I found the bee on The Graphics Fairy
3.  I used the Mod Podge Method from Matsutake here to transfer the image to the wood.  I was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked.
4. I printed out m-i-n-e from my computer (i even used scrap paper) and cut out the letters.  The font is teletype and the size is 550.  Then I just plain old scissors to cut out the letters.
5. Tape the letters on the board and  use paint to fill them in.
optional: sand it (not the bee)
6. I painted the bee with an additional coat of Mod Podge.  After it dried, I used spray polyurethane to coat the entire thing.

Here' it is hanging out on my front porch.

Is it bragging if I say that I kind of love it?



  1. I love it! It looks great with your grouping.

  2. Super cute! It ain't braggin' if it's true!

  3. Love this! Something different than just hearts - cute!

  4. I love this! I have a special place in my heart for bees & non-pink super cute valentine's day decorations :-)

  5. It looks great! I love that you made the sign multi-seasonal!

  6. Love the big signs. Yours is super cute! New follower. Follow me back:)

  7. Wow! Love the sign. The bee is SO cute. I wish we had a place to put things like this outside - we have a really tiny porch right now.

    Lauren @

  8. This is so sweet. I love it. I'm a new follower;)

  9. what a great little sign and the fact that it's multi seasonal is awesome!

  10. No, it's not bragging. You did a great job on it!

    I'd love if you shared this project at my Show & Tell party this week!

  11. I really love it. Yes, you have the right to brag it!:)

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  12. Thanks for sharing with us at Someday Crafts! We are featuring your wall art today on the blog.

  13. clever! love all things "bee-ish" so will add this to my idea stash. Thanks!

  14. Love it!!! Smart lady using the back! :) Thanks for linking up to Tell Me Tuesdays!

  15. LOVE IT!! Such a fun play with words!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening! :)

  16. So cute! Love the bee. I am one of those that made the Joy sign :)
    Maybe I can drag it out of my attic and make this on the back.
    I found you through Someday Crafts: WGW

  17. Featuring YOU today!

    Ginger @

  18. This looks great! Seen you featured on Ginger Snap Crafts =)