My friends, I’m soooo excited about the next 3 days!
I haven’t been posting much lately, but there’s been a reason.
I’ve been busy working on 3 new winter sign designs, styled in super unique, upcycled ways. There will be plenty of Christmas inspiration to inspire your own take this season!
#1 – Sleigh Rides Christmas card holder sign – you are here!
#2 – Ski Lodge Entry Sign with Ladder and Crate Storage
#3 – Reclaimed wood Hot Cocoa Bar
Every Christmas I test myself. I like to try and change the way I do things from one year to the next.
Case in point, where should all the Christmas cards go this year?
Last year, they hung from an old ladder.
The year before that, they hung from a chunk of industrial looking metal clad siding.
One year, the cards were attached to a snowy wreath.
So this year, I had to kick it up a notch… something really different… think. THINK!
Do you remember the story of my brother’s garage sale? The one where he said he didn’t have ANYTHING I would like, but I ended up bringing a full truck load home? Heh…
One of those baskets became the main star of the show.
And I needed a Sleigh Rides winter sign in my life anyway, so…
… adding a few rusty, antique relics like the pulley, s hooks and hand crank just may have you believing the Christmas card yield was SO BIG, I needed mechanics to hold the weight!
I could only wish I were that popular.
As luck would have it, this fun take on a card holder holds the biggest or smallest amount of cards as you wish.
I love the way the rusty junk chimes with the sleigh message. Maybe the sleigh ride met a big snow drift and CRASH… this was the result, spewing toys all over the land!
Santa! Best idea ever for a quick and effortless delivery.
Of course, a few accessories were in order. A ball of twine got a battery operated votive for a rustic take on a candle.
The fresh greens were cut from a tree outside and placed in a jar of water so they would last for awhile. Gotta love those real greens.
This little sign was super fast to make! I used the new Sleigh Rides stencil, along with the also new Winter Graphics, to add a touch of winter bling!
Sleigh Rides comes with just the words. But if you add the Winter or Christmas Graphics, there’s a whole lotta other options!
I like the stencils to go a LONG way. Mixing and matching most certainly does this!
So… why Sleigh Rides?
One of my fav memories as a kid was during those long dark winter nights. We’d get blizzards back then. And once our huge circular driveway was well covered with snow, we knew what came next. Dad would hook up our sleighs to the back of the tractor, and drive us around and around and around, until our faces and fingers were so frozen, we couldn’t even yell out for him to stop!
BEST. MEMORY. EVER. 🙂
I really love snow, and winter. So I really wanted a winter stencil that could reach beyond just Christmas.
How I made the Sleigh Rides sign
1. Select your board of choice, (mine was from an old fence), sand, then paint.
2. Once dry, mark the centre of the board.
3. Place stencil into position, and run masking tape along the edges so it won’t move.
4. Load your stencil brush with white paint, remove most of the paint off, until very dry.
5. Tap the stencil brush up and down to leave your impression.
6. Remove the stencil, and fall in LOVE.
7. Grab the Winter Graphics stencil, select a couple of snowflakes and the 25 cents, to add more winter fun!
Paint source / Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red and Lamp White.
I’m so in LOVE with this paint! No primer nor topcoat required! You can check out my full review on why HERE.
If you’d like a visual, here’s HOW TO STENCIL.
Aren’t those snowflakes the most fun EVER? They are totally original, computer drawn from scratch.
Do you remember what this little vintage sleigh did last year? It was a bathroom shelf!
But today it’s just being a festive little sleigh innocently hanging on a wall.
Or… maybe I just found Santa’s sleigh replacement after the big crash.
I’m sure it’s possible… if he quit eating all those cookies on his stops…
Visit Sleigh Rides HERE, and Winter Graphics HERE.
Visit more Old Sign Stencil projects HERE.
See you tomorrow for quirky winter sign setup #2… 🙂
14 thoughts on “Sleigh Rides Christmas card holder sign”
That’s adorable Donna! I love that shade of red.
Thanks Heather! That red is PERFECTION. It’s got punch but in a toned down way. Adore Fusion Fort York Red.
I love that red reclaimed wood it’s perfect.
Great stencil just ordered the last set you did the other day. Looking forward to receiving it.
Thanks Carole! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!
Very nice..!! Different. I’m sure you’ll feel your basket with cards. Your popular..!! I love your memory story..so cute. I’ve always wanted a circle driveway, lucky you..!! Love your blog..!!
That looks lovely. I remember sleigh rides as a child.
Love, love, love this!! You really outdid yourself on this one, Donna. Fabulous!
TOO CUTE! I LOVE it!
you’re so creative!! 😀
thanks for sharing!
Love your sign, especially the aged, worn look! How do you make the edges around the words look darker? Do you stain or dark wax and add more in that area? If so, what product do you use? Thanks so much for all your inspiration Donna! Keep it coming!
Hi Judy! Thank-you! I didn’t do anything special around the edges of the words nor sign. Just lightly distressed with a sander. It may be the lighting in the room that makes it appear that way.
When I painted, I did ensure some wood was showing through around the edges, so maybe that did it?
I love it! Your brother had so many goodies! I would have brought that all home too. It is funny when I pick things up that people think it trash or no good. It is so much fun to show them what I did with their “trash”!
Very cute! I love the new stencils. Previous comments are right…fantastic shade of red
What a pleasing and fun display…love it! You are so talented and have such a
great eye for design.
I LOVE the sign and your vignette, Donna! Red, white and rustic is such a great combination. I’d like to book a sleigh ride 🙂 .