Oh, do I have a project for you! For this month’s De-stash Challenge, I decided to only use things I already had in my
hot mess craft room. Thanks to my superpower of not putting things away properly, I easily spotted some St. Patrick’s Day crafting blanks from last year then to my right some stencil vinyl, and nearby some chalk paint. Now would I have been inspired to make this Kiss Me I’m Irish Wood Shamrock sign if everything had been in its proper place? We’ll never know, lol.
I also had to put my own spin on this old, classic saying by adding my specific Ancestry DNA results. Just saying I’m Irish is too vague, any potential kissers need to know what they’re getting into with Scottish and Swedish in the mix. I’m basically a Viking, right? It might explain why my craft room looks like it’s been pillaged. Anyway, I used a very different technique for coloring the wood this time that I want you to see, so let’s get to it.
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Kiss Me I’m Irish Wood Shamrock Sign Materials
- Shamrock Shaped Wood Sign
- Folk Art Ultra Dye in Emerald City
- Foam Brush
- Disposable Gloves
- Clear Sealer Spray OR Ultra Dye Satin Varnish
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Stencil Vinyl
- Cricut LightGrip Mat
- Weeder Tool
- Transfer Tape
- White Chalk Paint
- Foam Pouncer
- Green Organza Ribbon
Kiss Me I’m Irish Wood Shamrock Sign Steps
1: Put some of the Ultra Dye into a small, disposable dish and then use the foam brush to apply a thin coat onto the wood shamrock. I made sure to include the sides and the grooves. Let it dry completely before you spray the sealer. I forgot to spray it and you’ll see what happened in Step 6.
Note: that dye will dye anything it touches, including your skin. So unless you want to look like you’re about to Hulk out, wear some gloves.
2: While that’s drying, open a new Project in Cricut Design Space and type out the wording. I did it in groups of “Kiss Me” “I’m” “36%” and “Irish” so I could size them, space them, and squeeze the lettering together more easily. I used a font I bought online called “October Twilight.” Once you have everything sized to fit your sign, Group the words and then Weld them.
3: Be sure to select “Stencil Vinyl” for your material and cut out the lettering. You’ll want a piece of the stencil vinyl big enough to give you a little extra room around the wording so it’s easier to use with the paint.
4: Weed out the actual words from the stencil vinyl, not the negative space like you usually would.
5: Use transfer tape to move the stencil over to your sign to make sure it transfers all of the little circles and teardrop shapes from the inside of the lettering. Strips of transfer tape placed over those areas actually work better than using a whole sheet as I did.
6: Apply the paint to the stencil using a flat edged foam pouncer. You want to work straight up and down to discourage paint from seeping under the edges of the stencil. Also, try to use very minimal paint with each coat. I applied two coats.
Oops: Because I forgot to spray a sealer over that dyed wood, guess what happened? Yep, It turned my pretty Linen paint into pale green paint. Sigh. Oh well, the green still looks pretty and I guess I could spin it as a “custom” paint color: 36% Green. Well, maybe it’s more like 15%.
7: Once that
white green paint is completely dry, carefully peel back the stencil to reveal your masterpiece. You’ll also need to remove the little, painted centers of some of the letters. Spray it with the sealer again for good measure.
8: If your shamrock has a hole at the top, cut 12 inches of ribbon and tie it off to make a loop to hang it.
That’s it! I love the way this Kiss Me I’m Irish Wood Shamrock Sign turned out. That Ultra Dye is really fun to use and I especially love how you can still see the grain of the wood while also adding a splash of color. It says on the container that you can dye wood or natural fibers with it, so I’ll have to experiment with it some more. I just need to take a Sharpie and write “sealer” on every container so I don’t forget. At any rate, this stuff is pretty awesome. So what do you think? Are you curious to try out this dye? Are you also only a certain percentage Irish but still want the St. Patrick’s Day kisses?
Are you on the hunt for some new St. Patrick’s Day themed projects and don’t know where else to look? You should definitely check out All Free Holiday Crafts then, they have crafts for all the holidays, not just Christmas.
Now let’s see all of the other fun de-stash projects from the rest of this month’s co-hosts!