Do you ever make something and immediately have the urge to run around yelling “Look at what I made! Look at what I made!”? Well, that’s kind of the feeling I had when I finished my “You Are My Sunshine” copy cat wall art.
I was inspired by charm this time…and I’m not ashamed to say that I was a total copy cat.
Of course my sign is a little different…but definitely a copy. My version was made by simply using 1/2 inch maple plywood, “fill it” strips (1x2 knotty pine boards, from Lowes in bundles of 6), and left over paint and stain I had in my craft closet.
Simple and easy…so much so, I’m not even sure you need a tutorial, but here’s the run down on how I made it.
- Trace the sun. I used a bucket.
- Tape the rays.
- Paint around the sun and rays in red (or whatever color you choose).
- Lift the tape.
- Tape around the red lines.
- Paint the inside of the rays with different colored paint. I used shades of blue. Why? Because that was what I had laying around. I left some of the thinner rays without paint. I wanted some of the wood to show through after the stain step.
- Let the paint dry.
- Sand lightly. ***Be careful sanding craft paint. It seemed to gum up in a hand sander and smear on the painting. My red paint made all sorts of messes. I ended up having to sand again and paint over.
- Frame out the plywood painting with the pine fill it strips. Just nail them in place.
- Stain. I used a 1 part dark walnut and 1 part English chestnut stain color. That’s my formula for everything I stain. I just buy small Minwax cans and mix my own.
- Add a hanging thingy on the back and hang on your wall.
- Run around your house yelling “Look what I made! Look what I made!” (It feels good, doesn’t it?)
I’ve hung this in “The Kid’s” playroom (our morning room/bonus room off the kitchen), because, he is my sunshine, after all.