Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall Festival: DIY Faux Leather Sign


Hi! I am Amber from Dimples and Pig Tales (soon to be Averie Lane)! I am so happy to be here to share with you today!


When Hilary and Jessica invited me to do a fall themed hand-painted sign, I had a mini panic attack when I couldn't figure out what to paint! I wanted my sign to be fall related and fit my design aesthetic (vintage western??)

I sketched and sketched and couldn't come up with anything, so I started to unpack some boxes (we are in the middle of moving in...) and then I spied it. 
LEATHER. 
Oh, how I heart you! 
As much as I loved it, I was not about to use up my precious yard sale leather for a sign that only stayed out for a few months. What was I going to do? I REALLY wanted the look of leather! 
So I did what every good DIYer does.... I faked it. 
 
 
It was so easy!
All you need is:
Canvas (already painted yard sale/thrift store ones work great!)
Brown Paper Sacks
Modge Podge (matte finish)
Stain
Craft Paint
Sandpaper

Step 1:
Crinkle up your brown paper sacks and tear into random sizes.
Step 2:
Use Modge Podge to glue paper to canvas- smoothing out the wrinkles some. You want to see the texture of crumpled paper, but not leave large bumps. Let Dry.
Step 3:
If you want to darken the leather, wipe on a layer of stain.
Step 4:
Trace on and paint lettering.
Step 5:
Distress with sandpaper.
Optional:
Seal with coat of Modge Podge.

I'm. IN. LOVE!

It is sooooo me and it fits my decor perfectly!

I used turquoise and copper paints to give it the feel of verdigris copper letters. I love how the light catches it and makes it sheen in some places! 

I made a fun little fall vignette- playing around with my blue mason jars, vintage furniture and amber glass...isn't the pumpkin perfect with the sign! 


I hope you enjoyed my unique DIY Faux Leather Sign and my take on fall decor!
Also a BIG HUGE thank you to Hilary and Jessica for having me here today!!

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12 comments:

  1. Brown paper sacks, that's clever! I love the finish!!

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  2. What a great idea! I love the look of the finish product and the teal is the perfect color - love it!

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  3. Looks really nice. I love the colors and the texture!

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  4. Wow! That is amazing!!! I love it!

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  5. Love your sign, it is fabulous. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  6. Love it! I pinned it already so that I can make it.

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  7. This is great! How resourceful and creative you are. Pinned!
    Blessings,
    Patti

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  8. Love your sign and your tutorial! Totally looks like leather!

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  9. Who would have ever though? This is a great craft and it looks so great! Love the old chair too! Thank you for linking this to the IN and Out of the Kitchen LInk party. I look forward to seeing what you bring to the next party!

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  10. Such a great idea Amber! Featured tonight! http://www.twindragonflydesigns.com/2013/10/inspiring-creativity.html

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  11. Stopping by to let you know the faux leather sign is featured on Made in a Day today! Congrats and thanks for linking up!
    Kim

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