DIY Rustic Wooden Signs For The Home

Wall decorations are a great way to breathe a bit of life into your home and make those blank walls a little more interesting. If you’re going for a rustic look in the home, some nice wooden signs are ideal. You can usually pick them up in antique stores but you’re paying a lot of money for something that is incredibly cheap to make. So, why not just make your own instead? It’s a great craft project that you can do with the kids so you’ve got a fun activity to do for the afternoon and some new decoration for the house at the same time. Here are some great tips on making your own wooden signs for the home.

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Sourcing The Wood

The first thing that you need to make a wooden sign is the wood itself. If you go to a hardware store, you can pick up a couple of bits fairly cheap but they won’t necessarily have the right look, especially if you’re trying to create a rustic aesthetic in your home. You want something that has a great rustic feel to it so it’s better to use reclaimed wood instead. It’s going to save you a bit of money as well which is always a bonus. You can use anything you like really, pallet crates are a good source of free reclaimed wood. If you can pick up some old wood that’s a bit rough around the edges with some paint still on it, it works perfectly for a great rustic looking sign.

 

Preparing The Wood

Now that you’ve found some wood, you need to prepare it before you can add whatever designs you want to your sign. If you’ve picked up some new wood, you shouldn’t need to do that much to it before you stain it. However, if you’re using reclaimed wood, it’ll need a bit more care. Get some sandpaper and take off all of the rough parts before you stain it. Visit thesummeryumbrella.com for a great guide on preparing wood to make signs.

 

Adding A Design

Once you’ve prepared the wood, you’re ready for the fun part; adding your own designs. There are a couple of different ways to do it. You can cut designs out of vinyl and stick them straight on to the wood for a professional finish. The only issue is that vinyl is a bit of a difficult material to work with, especially if you’re trying to cut out words. But if you can get a vinyl cutting machine (vinylcuttingmachineguide.com can help you find the right one) it makes life a lot easier. If you are doing a design with words, try not to make them too thin, otherwise, it’ll be difficult to apply it to the wood neatly.

Alternatively, you can paint the design on instead if you’ve got good painting skills. You can easily pick up a good oil-based paint that works well on wood from any hardware store or, if you’re in the mood for more crafts, you could try making your own paint instead. The only downside of painting is that it’s a bit of a pain if you make a mistake and you’ll have to strip the wood and start again. So, always make sure that you draw the designs on first with a pencil and paint carefully.

With a bit of practice, you can make some great wooden signs to put around your home.

An Important Life Skill: Starting To Teach Our Children To Take On More Responsibilities

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Responsibility is one of those things that we need to teach our children at some point, but we could feel that there is no need to do this until they are of a certain age. Responsibility starts early on in life, but how can we teach our children responsibility, no matter their age?

A Reward System

This is something we can start as soon as our children are mentally aware. They do something good, they get a reward. And this is the key to so many of the essentials in life that we want our children to do, from eating their greens to looking after the pet. It’s just that the reward turns into something different as your children get older. It could be chocolate, to begin with, but it could be something more substantial later in life.

Not Turning It Into A Chore

Rather than saying that our children have to do something, think about wording it in a different way so that they don’t feel like it’s a chore. Chores signify things that are boring, so consider making it part of the fun. For example, if your children don’t want to brush the family dog, ask your children to go and play with the dog instead, and take the brush with them. Sure, they may not brush the dog, to begin with, but if you can encourage them just to smooth the dog once, and the next time, they do it twice, it will have turned into a chore that they didn’t want to do, but has now become an automatic habit.

The Essential Duties

This is essential, especially when it comes to family pets, the essential duties like medication and hygiene are high up the scale of importance and as our children get older, we can trust them more with these duties, we can lay the foundations early on. We can do this by getting our children to sit with us while we administer the essential meds, or CBD oil, or whatever you need to do for the dog. And if the kids don’t know how much CBD oil for dogs is too much, then you’re there, guiding them every step of the way. As your children get older, and they get more comfortable with these very important duties, you can slowly step away safe in the knowledge that they know what they’re doing.

The Mindset Of “Cleaning Up After Our Own Mess”

And if you’ve got children that don’t take responsibility for anything, you’ve got an uphill battle. It’s important, as soon as possible, to teach your children that they are responsible for the mess that they make. If we lead by example and show that if we make a mess, we clear up after it ourselves, this sends the right message. But we have to keep reiterating this. These days, it’s easier for us to do something, rather than ask our children 50 times. But this has to stop. If you want to teach your children responsibility, it’s as important as getting your children to exercise, to study, and all of the important skills in life.

All Children Need Outside Time: Here’s How to Encourage It

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Every child should be able to get completely caked in mud and have a brilliant time hunting for worms but in our over-clean, over-protective modern world, fewer and fewer children have the opportunity to run wild. This is a major issue because exploring the natural world is one of the best ways to begin understanding its complexities and beauties.

 

The good news is that parents can still spark the love of the outdoors in their kids, it’s just going to take a little more creativity than our parents required! While running about on a pitch and getting exercise is a great start, here are a few ways to introduce your kids to the natural world they could easily miss.

Learn and Play in the Garden

Learning to cultivate plants is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a child and from grass heads to proper lawn care, a bit of soil, a few seeds, and some patience are all you need to get started. Try planting a few quick growers like grasses or cress with young children and then gradually progress onto plants that take a little longer and are a bit more difficult to grow.

 

Getting outside and into the garden is also a good way to introduce your children to the various other species that live and thrive there. Leave some bird food out to encourage visitors and don’t be afraid to rummage around to find bugs and critters. The more you see these creatures in their natural habitat, the easier it is to love them as part of the environment.

Go on Walks

We might think of ourselves as tamed indoor creatures but getting out to see the nature that surrounds us will always inspire us. Taking a short walk each week is a brilliant way to add secret exercise to your day but it is also a good way to connect with the seasons and notice any changes.

 

If you’re feeling creative, try collecting small items that you can make a collage with later on. Leaves, flowers, and twigs are all candidates for this sort of artistic activity. Young kids will probably need a bit of jollying along if you are on a long walk so remember to take snacks and drinks and play games as you go!

Build a Den

Whether it’s an amazing treehouse with a slide or a ramshackle hut, having a den is a great way to encourage your children to get outside and play. A kid-sized space is ideal for encouraging a bit more independence as well as giving them a space for messier activities.

 

Adding swings and fun decorations is a great idea to personalize the den. String lights can look really cool if your kids are old enough to be responsible in the dark but even simple bunting can make a huge difference. The more you can do to encourage your kids to get out into the sunshine and build and create the better so don’t make this easy for them!