Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall Festival: DIY Faux Leather Sign

Hi! I am Amber from Dimples and Pig Tales (soon to be Averie Lane)! I am so happy to be here to share with you today!

When Hilary and Jessica invited me to do a fall themed hand-painted sign, I had a mini panic attack when I couldn't figure out what to paint! I wanted my sign to be fall related and fit my design aesthetic (vintage western??)

I sketched and sketched and couldn't come up with anything, so I started to unpack some boxes (we are in the middle of moving in...) and then I spied it. 
Oh, how I heart you! 
As much as I loved it, I was not about to use up my precious yard sale leather for a sign that only stayed out for a few months. What was I going to do? I REALLY wanted the look of leather! 
So I did what every good DIYer does.... I faked it. 
It was so easy!
All you need is:
Canvas (already painted yard sale/thrift store ones work great!)
Brown Paper Sacks
Modge Podge (matte finish)
Craft Paint

Step 1:
Crinkle up your brown paper sacks and tear into random sizes.
Step 2:
Use Modge Podge to glue paper to canvas- smoothing out the wrinkles some. You want to see the texture of crumpled paper, but not leave large bumps. Let Dry.
Step 3:
If you want to darken the leather, wipe on a layer of stain.
Step 4:
Trace on and paint lettering.
Step 5:
Distress with sandpaper.
Seal with coat of Modge Podge.

I'm. IN. LOVE!

It is sooooo me and it fits my decor perfectly!

I used turquoise and copper paints to give it the feel of verdigris copper letters. I love how the light catches it and makes it sheen in some places! 

I made a fun little fall vignette- playing around with my blue mason jars, vintage furniture and amber glass...isn't the pumpkin perfect with the sign! 

I hope you enjoyed my unique DIY Faux Leather Sign and my take on fall decor!
Also a BIG HUGE thank you to Hilary and Jessica for having me here today!!

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  1. Brown paper sacks, that's clever! I love the finish!!

  2. What a great idea! I love the look of the finish product and the teal is the perfect color - love it!

  3. Looks really nice. I love the colors and the texture!

  4. Wow! That is amazing!!! I love it!

  5. Love your sign, it is fabulous. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. Love it! I pinned it already so that I can make it.

  7. This is great! How resourceful and creative you are. Pinned!

  8. Love your sign and your tutorial! Totally looks like leather!

  9. Who would have ever though? This is a great craft and it looks so great! Love the old chair too! Thank you for linking this to the IN and Out of the Kitchen LInk party. I look forward to seeing what you bring to the next party!

  10. Such a great idea Amber! Featured tonight!

  11. Stopping by to let you know the faux leather sign is featured on Made in a Day today! Congrats and thanks for linking up!


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