If you’ve been following along, you’re probably well aware that I am currently knee-deep in my craft room makeover….and I’m having a blast! It’s been a hoot creating a fun, playful, and colorful space that is all my own where I can get my craft on.
One of the big projects I’m focusing on now is a gallery wall. It’s a pretty big space, so I’m going to need a lot of inspiring pieces to fill it, and signs have been the name of the game! Last month, I shared a colorful ‘Creativity Takes Courage’ sign, and today I’m back with another sign that’s a tribute to my beloved home state. I may live in Alabama now, but my heart will always belong in the bluegrass of Kentucky….my old Kentucky home.
Keep reading for the full tutorial on how I turned this blank cutout into a modern black and white striped state sign, complete with colorful three-dimensional paper flowers. This was such a fun project, and it would be so easy to adapt to any other state, country, or even shape!
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DIY Black & White Striped State Sign with Colorful Paper Flowers
Here’s what I used for this project:
- Kentucky state cutout
- Paints (white spray paint & black craft paint)
- Foam paint brush
- Painter’s tape
- Silhouette Cameo
- Vinyl (dark pink & yellow)
- Transfer tape
- Cardstock (dark pink, light pink, yellow, & green)
- Hot glue gun
- Small flower cabochons
The rest of my house has a farmhouse vibe a la Joanna Gaines, but I’m turning my craft room into something else entirely. This space is going to be very modern and whimsical and FUN. I’ll need inspiration after all. Think gray walls, a black & white striped round rug, white furniture (except for a bright pink office chair), and pops of color all over.
I wanted this sign to fit right in, so I first created my mockup in Silhouette Studio since I’d be cutting out the words in vinyl and the flowers in cardstock with my beloved Silhouette Cameo.
The black and white stripes would mirror those in the rug, while the paper flowers would add some color and tie in with some jumbo flowers I plan to eventually include on another wall….stay tuned!
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The first font I used for the “My Old Kentucky” line is called Breezy Picnic. Isn’t it just so fun and playful?! I love the lower- and uppercase tango, and it would provide the perfect vibe to this sign.
The other font I used for “home” is called Caviar. It actually comes with two versions: a clean one, like is shown below, and a hand-painted rough one, which is what I used on my sign. It allowed me to pretend I actually have pretty handwriting. :)
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Painting the State Cutout
Now that my design was finalized, it was onto painting!
I snagged this MDF cutout of Kentucky, my beloved home state, when it was listed on Zulily about a year ago. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at the time (I usually never do when I stockpile/hoard supplies), but the deal was too good to pass up. Plus, I was busy planning out the craft room of my dreams, and I figured I could incorporate this in some way. I gotta have my old Kentucky home represented!
The first thing I did was give the cutout a couple coats of some white spray paint, sanding lightly with some fine sand paper in between….I wanted this to be as smooth as my eight-month-old’s adorably chunky butt.
Cutting Out the Vinyl Words
After the cutout was painted and dry, it was onto the vinyl words….any excuse to use my Silhouette Cameo is fine by me!
I first cut out “home” in some dark pink vinyl….
….then weeded (or removed) the excess parts with the help of my craft tweezers.
(And let me just point out that I actually have pretty nails in these photos! That is such a rarity for this stay-at-home-mom….who knows when you’ll see them again looking so fly!) ;)
I followed the same steps and cut out the other words in some yellow vinyl, then applied clear transfer tape over top both pieces.
I then got to applying the vinyl decals using the hinge method (which you can read more about here).
Once both were applied to the sign, it was time to make some paper flowers!
Cutting Out the Paper Flowers
This was my first time ever making three-dimensional paper flowers. Since they’re so small, it was a good test run for my future giant floral wall….and I think I’m hooked! I just love these things.
Here are the three different flowers I used along with some green leaves:
The cutting out and especially weeding of all these buggers was actually the longest part of this entire project….and punching out all those tiny dots nearly made me go cross-eyed.
Once cutting and weeding was complete, I busted out my hot glue gun and got to assembly.
I cut each flower out in three different sizes, and each set came as four different components to be assembled one on top of the other. A little hot glue was all that was needed to attach the smaller ones on top of the larger ones, then some bending of the petals gave the flowers dimension.
After I assembled the first flower, I suddenly remembered that I had a collection of some colorful flower cabochons tucked away in my craft cabinet. See, I told ya I was a craft supply hoarder!
Hoarding pays, y’all.
Around six years ago, I purchased a variety bag and glued some magnets on the back of the neutral ones to use on our refrigerator. Some of the remaining super small colorful ones would be the perfect finishing touch to these paper beauties, and they were glued to the center last.
Adding the Paper Flowers to the Sign
The green leaves were attached first with more hot glue, then the paper flowers were added on top. And with that, my modern Old Kentucky Home sign was finally finished!
The Completed Black & White Striped State Sign!
This is unlike any other sign I’ve ever made, and I think that’s probably why I love it so. The bold black and white stripes coupled with the pops of three-dimensional color and those playful fonts just scream FUN to me. Mixed media FTW! Oh, and I can’t forget the fact that it is an ode to my home state after all.
I can’t wait until this gallery wall is finally complete so this baby can be hung and showcased….and provide me with lots of inspiration for future projects.
Other Craft Room Goodies
Here are some other things I’ve shared that are a part of my new craft room….stay tuned for the big reveal! And don’t forget to check out my Project Gallery for lots of other creations, tips, and freebies!