PorchI have a wonderful southern front porch, the kind that everyone dreams about.  It is long and extremely deep.  There is so much glorious room!  It provides great shelter to enjoy the rain…and have friends over.

So, I wanted to make a sign for the front door for party days.

Also, the whole design reminds me of my grandmother, who died last year.  One of her loves was crossword puzzles, while putting this together all I could think about was how all the straight intersections seemed like a crossword puzzle.




  1. I purchased a sign that was made on galvanized looking metal and a similar “R” (my last name!)…somewhere!  I cleaned off what was on the sign with soap and water, and left some of the paper on.  That is the white you see on the sign.
  2. Sign Base:  After cleaning off what was there, I added a little craft paint – mauve to the whole sign (except the top part), I Mod Podged on the napkin (tore the edges), then I used a Finnabair harlequin stencil to spray…Plain Jane – Hot Pink!
  3. R:  I painted this with clear Gesso, and then sprayed with Plain Jane – Hot Pink, blotted off the extra, and allowed to dry.  Attached with E6000.
  4. Pink Flowers:  These are from my stash, sprayed with Plain Jane – Hot Pink.
  5. Ice Tea Bar:  From Lemonade & Sweet Ice Tea Sayings on White, and painted with Glimmer Mist – Suede.  This is sparkly and mimics the color of iced tea perfectly!
  6. Sweet Tea:  From Lemonade & Sweet Ice Tea Sayings on White, and painted with Glimmer Mist – Suede.  The first layer is Pink and Ivory Dot Reverse, sprayed with Glimmer Mist – Nougat.
  7. Long Tattered Tangle:  Colored with Sharpie – Hot Pink, then sprayed with…Plain Jane – Hot Pink.  Pink hemp, with quilled flower made from Pink and Ivory Dot Reverse (the underneath is sprayed with (can you guess?).
  8. Patio Rules:  From Lemonade & Sweet Ice Tea Sayings on White, sprayed with Glimmer Mist – Nougat.
  9. Enjoy:  This is also a Tattered Tangle.  I painted around “Enjoy” with….uhm…Plain Jane – Hot Pink!
  10. These were all adhered with Mod Podge.  I painted the back of the paper, not the base…because everything is water-based, so this avoids smearing.
  11. If you want to seal this do it before adding the flowers and metal initial.  I didn’t seal mine, I might want to disassemble this and make a different one next year!


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  1. Thanks for entering our Not Just Cards Challenge and good luck!
    Monica – DT

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