What is it about lemons that just make a person happy? They’re so fresh, clean, and the smell is divine. In the dreary months of winter, a lemon can lift your spirit. So, why not use them in spring decor? I’d like to present to you, an easy DIY spring lemon sign.
Originally I was going to simply find a cute spring quote and transfer it onto a sign with the printer pencil transfer method. But then I got an idea. . . why not make the sign 3-d? Add some dimension and life into it. Thus, the spring lemon sign was born. And friends, it’s good!
What you’ll need:
- Plain sign in size and color of your choice (Hobby Lobby had a great selection!)
- Print off of the script in the font and size you choose
- Print off lemons and branches, or any design you’d like
- Paint pens
- Hot Glue Gun
Printer Pencil Transfer Method
Don’t have a Cricut machine? No worries, you don’t need one! This method is easy and accessible to everyone!
Find the saying you want and write it out in a word document. Then pick your favorite font, and print! I do this in draft mode so I don’t waste ink. From there, turn the paper to the back and run your pencil on its side directly behind the letters. You’re basically creating a stencil. When you trace the words from the front, the pressure from the pencil pushes the lead on the underside onto the sign, making a stencil you can then use to paint with.
How easy is that? I also used this method to print out some lemon branches and traced those too. I removed any background extras with Canva, before sending it to print. Again, saving ink and making it easier to trace.
Once you’ve completed your transfer, go ahead and use the paint pen in the colors of your choice to add the words permanently to your sign.
Once all the painting is complete, super glue your lemons onto the sign. For a more 3-d effect, I cut a few lemons in half and glued those onto the painted leaves and branches. It turned out so fun!
Making a spring mantle
I placed the sign on the mantle above the fireplace, but it needed some decor to accompany it. Down to my room of treasures I went and found a drink pitcher, some old seed packets, a bird’s nest my mother gave the kids last summer, and some other odds and ends.
Setting the items on the mantle, I would position them, step back and take it in, then move things around until everything flowed well.
I hope this gives you some inspiration to make something spring-like in your home this weekend!
Happy creating friend!