I’ve been inspired by Annie Sloan’s new colour Athenian Black this Christmas. It’s a real deep black which has a lovely velvety finish. Perfect for the festive season. I had a vision of it with the iconic British fabric Strawberry thief by William Morris (which I happened to have from some old curtains).¬† Here is a how to make this NOEL sign. You will need:

  • N O E L fillable letters
  • Chalk paint and paint brush
  • Gilding wax optional
  • Cardboard
  • Spray adhesive and scissors
  • Fabric

How to make a NOEL sign

I started with the wooden fillable letters and a coat of the chalk paint.

How to make a NOEL sign How to make a NOEL sign

I then used Annie Sloan gilding wax in warm gold to give some texture to the letters and as it’s a wax, it protects the chalk paint (although as a decoration, you don’t need to worry too much). I apply it with my finger and you don’t need much.

How to make a NOEL sign

I then used the letters to cut out cardboard inserts. I drew round the letters and then cut a few millimetres inside the line to allow for the frame of the letter, so the cardboard can fit inside.

How to make a NOEL sign

To attach the fabric to the cardboard inserts I used spray adhesive (I had this one in the loft but you can buy others). Make sure you check your letter is the right side and the right way up and if you use a fabric which has a direction IE it needs to be a specific way up, check your fabric before gluing! Once glued smooth down and cut out the corners so they are easier to fold over.

How to make a NOEL sign How to make a NOEL sign

Spraying some more adhesive, fold over the edges.

How to make a NOEL sign

Then insert the cardboard into the wooden letters. They are a sung fit so no need to glue then but you can if you want.

How to make a NOEL sign

Et voilà!

How to make a NOEL sign

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How to make a NOEL sign

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How to make a NOEL sign

Happy Christmas making!