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Magical Destination Sign DIY

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

You may have seen this fun magical destination sign floating around the world wide web. I know that as soon as I saw it, that I needed it in my life. Unfortunately I have a knack for finding things I like then realizing that they are no where to be bought, so I’m left on my own to make one myself. This is great news for you though! I’ll show you what worked {or somewhat worked for me} and you can make one {hopefully better} for yourself.

To begin, I made this magical destination sign for my mom because 1} she can be a little difficult to shop for 2} she loves all things magical and handmade 3} she has a gorgeous backyard that was just screaming for a whimsical sign like this. Because lets me honest, if there’s an entryway into an enchanting kingdom, it’s there.

So here is how I made my Magical Destination Sign!

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Step one: First thing I did was order my decals from CARisma Vinyl. {I also ordered decals from her for this project.}

Step two: Find your wood. My husband had a lot of extra barn wood from a previous project we decided to use. You can always buy some at a home improvement store and antique or age it if you want that old look. Make sure to get a little extra so you can make a few mistakes and toss the ones that dont work out like you’d want. Also find a post or pole to use as the base. You’ll need four for the stand at the bottom as well.

Step three: Shape wood. We wanted it to look natural, yet still point in different directions. So we would chop little pieces off and let them break naturally from there. Sometimes it broke off a little too much, so we either dealt with it or grabbed a new piece of wood to try again.  For the edges that looked a little too clean cut, we roughed it up with a file. For one of the pieces {The Shire} we even nailed on a few smaller pieces of wood to make the end look like an arrow. Play around with it!

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Step four: Brush off the wood so the surface is as clean as possible. Now it’s time for the decals. This part was a little difficult since the surface area what not even. Parts of the decal wouldn’t stick completely. I am not sure of a way to fix this, so if you have any suggestions I’m all ears!
I rubbed those decals on as good as I possibly could and after I peeled them off, I modge podged over the whole thing and tried to get it all the cracks and crevices so it was on there as good as I could get it.

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Step five: After your individual signs are dry, nail them onto your wood post and mount on stand. We just stuck it straight into the ground, but a stand would work too. Just nail it in a star shape and your magical destination sign is done!

The letters will eventually wear off, especially if you have it displayed outside. But I was actually pretty surprised how well it took the hammering of the weather.

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What do you think? Where would you visit first?

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