Last fall, one of our closest family friend’s daughter turned 8. In the LDS church, this is a fun year and a big deal because it is the year that the children can choose to be baptized. There is this cute little song that the kids sing called When I am Baptized, more commonly known as “I like to look for rainbows” by its first line. Since E was having a rainbow-themed birthday, I knew I wanted to make her something special that tied in the song. I ended up making this huge pallet nail art sign with a fun combo of texture and color!
First, I took some old pallet wood and cut pieces about 30-inches long. I arranged them the way I liked, then lightly sanded the top. My final piece was just over 20-inches high.
I secured them together by nailing 3 thin strips of wood to the back.
Then, I stained the wood a dark walnut color…
…and painted on a lopsided rainbow. After the paint was dry I lightly sanded over it to give it a little more “wear.”
Then, I spray pained some nails a dark brown color – so they wouldn’t stand out so much against the dark wood. They were only half-covered, but it did the trick!
I printed out the word rainbows in the size and font I wanted and arranged it on the board.
Next, I lightly hammered a nail about every 1/3-inch along the perimeter of each letter. You will want to nail it in enough so that they are in there pretty securely, but so the majority of the nail is still sticking out. You can see that there are some spots along the seams of the wood that are bare – (like the bottom third of the ‘w’ and ‘s’). I was able to fill in some spots after the paper was removed, and some I just left alone – after the string was added you couldn’t even tell!
Here is another angle of the nails. Don’t worry too much about them being perfectly spaced or straight – it will all come together in the end!
Then I ripped the paper off. It helped to use tweezers – I was able to get larger pieces out than I could just with my hands.
Then is was ready for string!
Using embroidery floss, I began threading each letter by first tying a little square knot onto one of the nails, trimming the end about 1/4-inch long.
Then I wrapped the string around the nails, zig-zagging back and forth to form the shape of the letter! How thick or thin you make it is totally preference, I made mine pretty dense.
For many of the letters, I ended up using over one skein. If you need to attach another piece, just tie them together and keep on wrapping. When you have finished a letter, tie off again onto one of the nails and weave the end through the letter to hide the tail.
I wrapped each letter with a different color.
Once my nail art was done, I cut out one more piece of wood, stained the top then wrote out “I like to look for” on it with stickers.
I painted the whole thing white, let it dry…
…then removed the stickers
And finally, I placed the “I like to look for” banner over the nail art, and fastened it on each side with large screws. Here’s E with her new sign!