Making a vintage-style kitchen sign from mat board

Making a vintage-style kitchen sign from mat board

I've written before about decorating with words, and I still like the trend, especially when it's retro-inspired.


So when my sister expressed interest in this kind of sign – a red “eat” eat sign in a script, I wondered how I could make one for her birthday.


I decided to try it – having no idea whether it would work – by buying a chunk of red mat board from the I.D.E.A. Store.


I knew I'd never be able to replicate the sign myself, so I drafted Rob and his artsy skills to sketch out the word. He did it first in his large sketchbook , then cut out the letters and used them as a pattern on the back of the mat board. He then used a box cutter (with me hovering close saying, “Careful! Careful!”) to cut it out.


The sign turned out well and looks similar to the inspiration. The edges were white, so Rob turned them black using a permanent marker. He then poked holes in them (using the box cutter – we have got to find a better method) and we tied twine through them for a hanger. This matches the hanger on a slate picture frame I got my sister, kind of like this but not in a cheesy heart frame.


I just wanted to share this little project with you. It's the kind I love – the result of a little tinkering that's not too difficult.

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algon wrote on March 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm

It is so much better than the one online!