Welp. It’s really WINTER. Barren with the potential of being slightly boring. I mean, don’t you just hate it after you take down all the Christmas decorations and the inside of your house just looks empty? And the outside of the house looks even worse. No lights, no cheer and if there’s no snow – just yuck!
I wanted to come up with something I could use all winter – including through Valentine’s Day. I’m not a big Valentine’s decorator anyway. The idea of having transitional décor made me feel less stressed.
As you all know, I love my vintage sled. And who says sleds are just for Christmas anyway?? I decided I would bring it back out and make a new sign to hang on it. I found these wood letters at the craft store:
I decided on the word SNOW but the basic concept is: Pick a word with an “O” in it. Then there’s a place to stick a heart. An example being that I originally thought about the word HOME but you know, snow just went with the sled better. Plus, since you can hang your sign anywhere, do whatever works for you.
I used pieces of quilt batting (like Poly-fil) to cover the letters. Mine was fluffy and about a ½ inch. Sorry that I can’t tell you the specifics because it is leftover from who knows what project. I power stapled it onto the letters and used some hot glue on the tight spots.
Now, my plan was to cover the letters with outdoor fabric. However, the kiddo loved the batting as it was – she said it looked better for the word SNOW. So you can do either. Leave them as is, or cover them. Covering them might be a little bit more work because getting around the letters can be a bit “squeezy” – so take your time and cut the material carefully.
I did cover the heart in batting and then I topped it with red burlap.
I attached the letters together with a medium ribbon. I power stapled the ribbon on to the backs of the letters with 3 staples. This meant they “swung around” a lot less. (more stable basically)
Finally, I stapled a loop to the top for hanging purposes.
The snow sign ended up being pretty cute. This is something you could hang anywhere and keep up all winter. You could use smaller letters and hang on a door handle. You could try bigger letters and put them on your mantel without attaching them together.
I plan to put the sled with the sign on my covered porch. Burlap seems to do ok outside. Batting? I’m not so sure yet. It will be an experiment. (as all DIY can be!) As a protection, I did spray a clear coat on everything just to keep the “fuzziness” from getting out of hand.