This craft takes the rustic look of wood planks and combines it with the bucolic look of rope, making a cute little sign that’ll knock your boots off.
What’s your sign?
Be still, our Joanna-Gaines-lovin’ hearts! One of the good things about the shiplap revolution is that wood planks are everywhere. Suppliers are even making planks in handy-dandy precut sizes (including the cord to hang them) that are great for crafting, like 10″ x 10″, 12″ x 12″ and 8″ x 14. If you happen to have some extra or reclaimed wood, you can use that instead.
You could also paint the board different colors — either traditionally or with a distressed rustic style — using holiday colors, white or metallics. Just be sure that the rope you use to form the word on top provides enough contrast.
We used a cursive-style joined-up writing, but feel free to get creative with your style.
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Of course, “Love” is not your only option for a word! How about “Joy,” “Peace” or “Santa”? You also could make the sign say someone’s name. (Tip: Experiment with the flexibility of your rope, and plan out exactly how you’ll form the word before you even heat up the glue gun.)
Mix it up and make a few signs to keep for yourself or give away as gifts!
Tools & supplies for a country-style rope sign
- Wood plank for crafting, size of your choice (rectangular shape recommended)
- Rope, cord or heavy twine of your choice (we used metallic gold upholstery cord)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Directions: How to make your own rope sign
- With hot glue, affix the rope to the board where you want to start the letter “L.”
- Form the first letter, gluing down the rope as you go.
- Continue forming the rest of the word, gluing down the rope as you work.
- Finish by cutting the rope and gluing the edge down.