There’s no reason for signage to ever be ugly…especially if you are even remotely crafty. I did a little looking at stores for a Beware of Dog sign, and they were just so ugly. I did a bit of research online and people came up with some super cute sayings, but for the most part, the shape was rectangular.
I wanted my sign to be cute and funny but still get the point across.
The first element I wanted my sign to have is a fun shape and what’s more fun than a giant dog bone?
To make this shape, I printed out a bone outline (well, half anyway). That’s all you need.
Cut the dog bone outline out carefully along the line.
Flip one side over and align the ends. This gives you not only the full shape but also makes it adjustable in length.
Once you have traced the shape on your scrap wood cut it out with a scroll saw.
I did my base coat in Red Waverly paint. I didn’t try to get it perfect as I am OK with a bit of a weathered look.
For the lettering, I used an electronic die cutter to cut BEWARE and DOG letters. For the “OF” I used a smaller size stencil I had in the stash.
Before I did the second two words I cut the teeth out of a recycled plastic lid and placed them where I wanted them on the bone. Then finished stenciling the words.
I glued the teeth onto the bone.
For a final step, I painted the edge of the bone for a bold outline leaving the area where the teeth are unpainted so they would look like they were coming from behind and over the bone.
I think this sign sends a clear message but in a cute and fun way.
Consider making your own sign using these two principles. I bet you will like the outcome!
Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements at SweaterSurgery.blogspot.com.