The fifth grade class at my school went on a field trip to the Pioneer Settlement School here in Kentucky a few months back- and I got to go with them! One of the activities was using tools from back in the day to make shingles just like the pioneers did for their homes. It was so much fun! All the students and teachers got to shave off a piece of wood and keep their own shingle. Made my day. Immediately I knew what I wanted to do with that piece of wood.
I started by putting on a coat of spar varnish. I had some left over from when I made Matt corn hole boards for Christmas. So I just slathered on some of that to coat the wood.
Once I let that dry overnight, I decided on how I wanted to paint our name on the wood. Then I went to town with black acrylic paint.
Then comes my favorite part: the drilling. It was so much fun to use the cordless drill. I wanted to hang the sign with twine, so I had to drill two holes for the twine to go through.
The sign didn’t really turn out the way I imagined. I think I put the holes too close together to the center of the wood. So, I took it down and got to use the drill again to make two more holes further to the edges of the wood. That way it would hang better. I also didn’t like how thin the twine looked next to the big piece of wood- it was out of proportion or something. This time I braided the twine so it was thicker. The end result was much better.