Before today’s post I just want to take a minute to thank you all for your kind words about our new bundle of joy! He’s already filled our hearts with so much love and gratitude. Since I’ve been busy with baby snuggles and dirty diapers, I’ve recruited some friends to share their projects here with you – today Lucy is teaching how to make a chic French decor accessory.
Hi there, I’m Lucy and I blog over at Patina Paradise. I am a creative soul who loves to thrift and repurpose items. I love patina and things with a time worn look. I am so happy to be guest posting today for Jen.
Today I am sharing with you how to make Faux French Enamel Tags that look like the real deal. But I will let you decide for yourself whether or not they do. One of my favorite things are French enamel tags and signs, especially old, chipped ones.
After some trial and error, I came up with a technique that works really well and even got to use my trusty Silhouette Cameo! With the Silhouette you have many fonts at your disposal and are not limited to one size. I printed the file on paper first to make sure that I had gotten the right size for each of the tag shapes. And then of course I tried to get as many on a sheet of 12 x 12 vinyl as I could.
I found that ready made wood tags are really the most cost effective option out there. These inexpensive precut wood tags can be found at your local craft store. I found them at Walmart in the craft section. They come in a bag of 10 and cost around $1.50. If your Walmart does not carry them, I have also seen them at Hobby Lobby which is where I found the wood shield shapes. Those were around 25 cents each.
Although I used a homemade recipe for gesso, I believe store bought gesso, or even paint will give you a similar look. But with the paint you just won’t get the dimensional effect that gesso gives objects- including the fact that the paint won’t chip off the way that the gesso does which only adds to make it look old and antique.
- precut wooden tags
- black acrylic paint
- black vinyl
- Mod Podge (sealant)
- small and medium sized paint brushes
- flat edge for scraping gesso (examples: putty/exacto knife, razor, etc.)
- bamboo skewer/sharp pointed object (clearing clogged paint)
- jute or ribbon to attach the tags
Here is an overview of the steps below…
Overview of Steps Involved:
Step 1 — Buy wood shapes that you like. If you would like to have holes in the tags for stringing, then make sure to drill one or two before doing anything else.
Step 2 — Paint with a base coat of black acrylic paint. I painted both sides to prevent warping of the wood and to give them a more finished look and make it easier and faster to paint. (But this is optional)
Step 3 — Once the base coat has dried, brush on the homemade or store bought gesso. Let the tags dry FIRST before applying another layer of gesso. I found that 3 coats gave me the desired effect.
Step 4 — Use a razor blade, exacto knife or putty knife at an angle to take off any excess gesso from the sides and edges of the holes to expose the black basecoat underneath. If you’ve got tags with holes in them, use a bamboo skewer or similarly narrow pointed object to poke through the holes to remove any gesso or paint that is clogging them.
Step 5 — Create your letters/numbers. I made mine out of black vinyl because that’s what I happened to have on hand, but there are lots of great alternatives out there. You could use either a small stencil or some ready made vinyl letters and numbers. I cut my numbers out of a piece of 12×12 vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo and then applied them onto each tag.
Step 6 — Finish with a Topcoat of Sealant Protect your tags with 1 or 2 coats of Mod Podge or a coat of acrylic sealer.
That’s it you’re done! If you want to take it a step further, you can add jute, twine, ribbon or other material to tie these tags anywhere you like.
They would look great added to just about anything don’t you think? Hope I have inspired you to make some yourself!