I came across this super cute diy “You are my Sunshine” art over at aka design. This one is fabulous but seemed a little too complicated for me, so I simplified my version.
I had a scrap piece of plywood in my garage that I stained with one coat of a walnut stain. After drying I painted one coat of white over top of the stain. I had borrowed a friends cricut machine (oh how I want one of my own) and used it to cut out the letters. I used 3 different font options for my lettering. I placed the letters on top of the white paint. And gave it a good coat of yellow paint. Once dry I peeled off the letters. I know you’re wondering why I wouldn’t have just placed the letters on top of the finished product, but I wanted a hand painted, rustic look.
At this point I took my mouse sander to it and just sanded off enough paint to age it. You can take off as much or as little as you want. I then painted the thin white border and the bunting by hand. I added a fine line of black paint along the edge of the letters to give it a shadowy effect. And of course gave it one more go with the sander. I think I may love using my sander a little too much.
It just makes me smile =)