Let me show you how I added stencils, transfers and moulds made from paper clay to a salvaged Hobby Lobby sign I DIY’ed into new-to-me home decor!
To see how I completed my prep and repairs of this project, click here.
Supplies I Used
- Hobby Lobby Sign: purchased on clearance years ago
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Cooking oil or spray
- Paper clay
- Powder: I use what I have on hand and right now I use baking soda.
- Putty Knifes
- Elmers wood glue
- Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick, Caviar, and Clear coat.
- ReDesign with Prima mould: the one I used may not be available anymore. I will keep looking!
- ReDesign with Prima transfer: Love and Dreams. I purchased this transfer from my friend Anna at The Furniture Boutique
- Dixie Belle’s white wax
- paint brushes
- 220 grit sandblock
THE LINKS ABOVE CONTAINS AMAZON AND HOBBY LOBBY AFFILIATE LINKS. THIS MEANS IF YOU MAKE A PURCHASE, I MAY RECEIVE A SMALL COMMISSION, AT NO COST TO YOU.
let’s get started
To see how I prepped and repaired my Hobby Lobby sign, click here.
Painting my new-to-me home decor
Originally, I had planned to paint my sign white for the background, but I changed my mind and went with Dixie Belle’s Caviar.
And I do not regret that decision one bit!
I applied two coats of Caviar over the front of the sign and the plastic frame.
After each coat of paint, I used my 220 grit sand block and lightly sanded my sign area.
I didn’t sand over the frame area.
This was just a personal choice.
Adding transfers to my new-to-me home decor
The transfer I chose was Love & Dreams.
This transfer, is a white transfer that would look wonderful on any dark background.
I already knew what phrase I wanted to stencil on my sign and I would be using a light or white colored paint for this.
I decided to stick with a black and white theme.
Black and white are neutral colors and goes with any other colors.
Love & Dreams comes in a large transfer with four corners and a middle design.
For my project, I decided on using only two of the corners provided.
For full instructions on how to apply transfers, read my blog post here.
adding paperclay moulds to my new-to-me home decor
Dani, my daughter, was assigned to figure out which mould design to use for this sign.
I love the mould she picked out.
It was one of my first ever I purchased and I am afraid I do not know the name of it!
Other crafters, I read somewhere write in permanent marker, the names of the moulds directly on them as soon as they get them.
Such a good idea!
If I ever find out which mould I used for this project, I will definitely share.
I love the rose details of this mould and the fact that it curves and added a little dimension to my new-to-me sign!
Now to make the decorative mould
Making decorative moulds is the very same way I made the mould when I repaired the frame of this sign in my previous blog post, click here to see how!
Once the moulds were made, I tacked them down with painters tape to my sign for them to cure and safe keeping.
I didn’t want to risk the moulds curling or warping a little as they dry.
I use wood glue to apply my moulds to my projects.
Paper clay moulds can be used as soon as they are made or after they are dried and cured.
When my moulds were cured, I painted them Caviar (black) and then I dried brushed them with Cotton.
To dry brush, I used a small amount of paint on my brush.
I then used a paper plate to off-load the paint and then I lightly brushed over the top layer of the mould.
This technique highlights the raised areas of the mould and gives your project an aged look.
If you get like me at times and become a little heavy handed, you can go back with your background paint and using the same dry-brush technique to cover up any areas you don’t like.
This look is a personal choice and there is no right or wrong finish.
stenciling my new-to-me home decor
I knew immediately what phrase I would use for my new-to-me sign!
“In this kitchen we dance”
Dani and I have had many dance parties in our kitchen!
I used my Silhouette program on my laptop to design or arrange my lettering and my Silhouette cameo 3 and contact paper to make my stencil for my sign.
I used two different fonts, kept the design simple and then arranged them together the way I like them.
Click here to see how I use contact paper for my stencil and transfer paper.
To see examples of how I use my Silhouette program to make my designs, I have several post written showing you different tips and tricks!
You can click here to see my #SilhouetteBasics posts!
Sealing and Waxing my new-to-me home decor
Once my signs was stenciled and the paint was cured, I decided to add more dimension by using wax in addition to sealer.
I used Dixie Belle’s clear coat to seal my sign and I had planned on using black wax.
Black wax on black paint gives a deeper look or dimension.
I could not get my black wax open and I had to change my plans.
So I went with my white wax instead.
To apply the wax, you can use any brush or even a lint-free cloth.
I didn’t apply it everywhere just in the corners with extra emphasis on the corners with the transfers and moulds.
Dab a small amount on your brush or towel and start rubbing it on your project.
I rub the wax on in all different directions, one section at a time.
When the wax is applied, go back and buff that area again until smooth.
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She found her home above my coffee bar on a shelf and fits perfectly!
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