I have a love/hate relationship with autocorrect.
I love it because I need a friend in the spelling and grammar department.
It has a mind of its own.
It changes peony to penny and chair to charge and table to tablet and flower to flowing and mail to e-mail.
Like when I wanted to post about this project. I’m all excited and typing and my fingers are soaring across the keyboard and then? I mistype sign just a little bit and SIGNAL shows up.
STOP IT AUTOCORRECT.
Please let my peonies and chairs and signs and words BE WHAT I WANT THEM TO BE.
This is kind of a no-mess up fall mantel craft.
Check the perfect at the door.
I almost wrote this post with all my autocorrects left in, but I was worried it wouldn’t make sense.
So if you have a mantel and you have thirty minutes and you want to make this SIGN instead of a SIGNAL….
….this is the post for you.
Start with a piece of wood.
DO NOT OVERTHINK THIS.
Look around your house for a random piece of wood. You might have some left over from a project or an extra piece of molding or a piece that fell off the hutch in the living room.
It doesn’t need to be perfect or un-dinged or un-scratched.
As long as you can paint on it, it’s perfect.
Print out a font from your computer.
Here are a few of my favorite fonts that make perfect signs.
And the font I used for this post—Melika Script.
I purchased most of these in a bundle from Creative Market, but you can find tons of amazing fonts online for free.
Place a piece of white carbon paper under your words and trace hard with a pencil.
You can use black carbon paper, too.
You want to make sure you really press down with your pencil to make sure the word transfers.
Just paint it with your brush.
I used Burnt Sienna on this post because it looked extra fall, but a pretty gray or navy or orange might look pretty too.
Don’t overthink it.
The less you stress over your sign—the prettier the sign.
It’s true. Really. It’s like the project can sense your positive attitude and work harder to make itself cute.
Here’s the finished sign.
30 minutes from start to finish. Add a few pumpkins and some book page leaves for instant pretty.
My sign is not perfect.
Not even close.
Maybe that’s why my mantel loves it so much. 🙂
PS Be careful if you shop for your wood by the sign of the road. This may or may not have happened to me.
PPS If you have ever auto-corrected yourself into something that made you laugh—please share. 🙂