Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"S" is for Silent Night

Paint: Silent Night sign

Christmas door swag with handpainted Silent Night sign.

I thought long and hard about how to decorate our orange front door and ended up with this non-traditional sign and swag combination:

Inspiration came from this Pottery Barn Kids catalog image of a green silent night sign hanging on the fort bed:

I don't think the sign is actually available for purchase but it was the perfect idea for our Christmas front door this year:

I found the font Centeria Script at, it's the perfect blend of script and upright letters, not too slanted:

Add some pinecones hanging on burlap strips and evergreens:

Here's how to make the silent night sign:

1. Cut a 1x8 pine board at 20".
Trace a small pot for the corner cut outs and cut out with jigsaw:

2. Make 7/8" holes at top:

3. Print out lettering to fit.
I used Centeria Script font in 350 point.
Line up lettering and trace printout with ballpoint pen to make indent in wood:

4. Paint on and inside indent left behind by pen:
I used white gloss enamel.

5. Stain with Minwax Early American:

6. Seal with Minwax Helmsman exterior grade clear semi gloss poly:

7. Add jute rope for hanging:

I'm linking up to:

Christmas Crafts @ Shanty 2 Chic
Christmas Craft Party @ Nesting Place
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now
Dare to DIY @ Newly Woodwards
DIY Show Off DIY Holiday Highlights


  1. I am so in love with your signs. I made myself a Christmas on for the front door. I actually wrote a blog about it, and gave mention of you.
    You are a wonderful teacher. Thanks so much.

  2. I love your sign! It looks perfect on top of that greenery!

  3. This is great! I'm hosting Home for the Holiday's 2012 - Hand Painted Christmas right now at: would love for you to stop by and link it up, great tutorial!

  4. Wow how absolutely beautiful! I love the font and love the white on the wood! Looks just lovely!

  5. I really love the sign and the great tutorial!

  6. I just love how these tags look on your front door! Beautiful :)


  7. Beautiful sign and wonderful tutorial! I'm feeling inspired. Just wishing I had a bit more time to spend on projects!

  8. Your sign runs circles around the Pottery Barn one. Love it! You are very talented!

  9. gorgeous lettering!

    hope you will have a chance to stop by, and today i am hosting a giveaway. hope you win!

    peace to you.


  10. This is beautiful! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Happy weekend! :)

  11. That looks so lovely! Thanks for the tutorial :D

  12. This is just awesome! I love the shape of the sign and the font, too (totally downloading that puppy). I love that it really blends with your front door instead of competing.

    Also, I'm totally digging the swag.

    Thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY!

  13. Your sign is beautiful! I love it especially against your front door. Awesome - thanks for the tutorial!

  14. Girl, you are the sign queen. I love it! And it looks so great on the orange door (which is awesome as well, by the way). Great job on the sign! Thanks for sharing at Dare to DIY!

  15. Beautiful! I love how you thought everything out, especially the font.

  16. That sign looks great and for someone who can spend hours on choosing the right font, you hit the nail on that one!!

    xo Cindy

  17. So pretty. I love the sign added to the garland. Good choice! My hand hurts just thinking about painting that. Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!