Hobby Lobby Sign Hack

by | Jul 3, 2022

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Finished sign with custom painted lettering and floral motiff using wooden sign bought from Hobby Lobby
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Another Hobby Lobby custom framed art hack for you!

Or honestly, this holds true for any outdated or thrift-framed art as well!  

Years ago, Matt used to spend a lot of his time buying large boards and cutting them to size for me for custom name signs.  

He also framed these signs which took hours with the measuring, mitering, gluing, and screwing…

One day, while shopping in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby, it occurred to me that I could just buy inexpensive pre-framed art in a similar size, and paint over it!!

My clients didn’t care that the signs weren’t “built” by hand. They just wanted me to paint them by hand!

And trust me when I say Matt was happy to give up his sign-making badge!!

Today’s sign is for a sweet girl that I’ve known for years, and she is expecting her first baby: Scout Louise!  

Her nursery is subtle in color with an au’ natural vibe; so we are following that lead with this color palette!

Dixie Belle’s Tea Rose, Saltwater, a touch of Collard Greens, a simple script, and basic florals all wrapped up in a light wood frame.

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Would you believe I purchased this sign from Hobby Lobby at 50% off for $30?

That is SO worth it to not have to build it!

Showing off the sign bought on sale from Hobby Lobby that will be painted over with Dixie Belle paint
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Original price of sign that bought on sale at Hobby Lobby
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Taking off protectors on hobby lobby sign corners
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Using pliers to take out staples from hobby lobby sign
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At first, I tried priming the sign with BOSS white primer to block the black lettering, but it was too sheer for the bold black.  

Priming the sign for paint to adhere better
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using DB BOSS in white for prime coat on Hobby Lobby sign
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Display of DB Belle BOSS in white as primer for sign
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I then tried BOSS in gray, and found it covered beautifully in a single coat!  

DB Boss Grey used as base over BOSS white to cover lettering on sign
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Using DB BOSS Grey to make a background for hobby lobby sign
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Once dry, I painted a single coat of Tea Rose.

Painting soft gradient with Tea Rose on Hobby Lobby sign
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I really wanted to bring in a bit of a nature vibe so chose to introduce a deep green (Collard Greens) around the edges using water using my mister bottler and a stippling blending technique.  

This set the perfect backdrop for white lettering and a white floral motif.  

Painting edges of hobby lobby sign with Collard Greens
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Blending DB Collard Greens paint on edges of hobby lobby sign
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Blending DB Collard greens into sign corners for a soft and blended look
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Completed painting of corners for blended look
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I used the Canva app on my phone to choose the font for my lettering and referred to my phone while hand lettering the name with white chalk.

I always pre-draw lines with chalk as well, using a ruler so my name stays straight on my sign.  

Using canva for freehand design inspiration
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Using chalk to draw script onto sign from hobby lobby
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Now that the name is drawn, mistakes are corrected, and the spelling of the name has been triple-checked (learned that the hard way), I drew the flowers!

The floral motif was pulled from the sheet that will be used in the crib.  I simply copied the shape of the leaves and flowers and drew them out with chalk.  

Drawing flowers onto hobby lobby sign
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Completed floral drawing on hobby lobby sign
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Using chalk to draw another flower onto hobby lobby sign
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Finished chalk drawing of second flower on hobby lobby sign
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Drawing flowers and leaves onto sign from hobby lobby
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Chalk drawing of floral and leaves design onto hobby lobby sign
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I like to use the SILK line of paint for hand lettering as it is much thinner than the chalk mineral paint. This is Saltwater (white).

Tracing letters with paint for pop of color on hobby lobby sign
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A small angled brush is perfect for this simple script.

Using the same Saltwater paint and a smaller detail brush, I painted each flower by hand.  

Tracing flowers with DB Silk Saltwater on hobby lobby sign
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Outlining more flowers onto sign bought from hobby lobby
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Outlining vines and leaves on Hobby Lobby sign
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Completed outlining of lettering and floral motif with DB silk saltwater on hobby lobby sign
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The sign needed something else, in my opinion, so I added a VERY watered-down version of a marigold color, a terracotta color, and a deep green to fill in the flowers and leaves.  I really like this sheer touch of a watercolor vibe. 

Mixing terracotta DB paint with water for watercolor look for flowers on hobby lobby sign
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Mixing water and DB Terracotta paint for soft look on hobby lobby sign
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Painting flowers with mixed water and Terracotta paint on hobby lobby sign
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Combining collard greens DB paint on hobby lobby sign
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Spraying water into DB Collard Greens paint for Hobby Lobby sign
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Using DB Collard Greens chalk mineral paint to color in leaves on hobby lobby sign
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Finished painting of details on Hobby Lobby sign leaves
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And that is it!!!  The overall design is complete!

I sealed the artwork with a single coat of Top Coat in Flat using a foam brush and tada!

Final display of finished painted Hobby Lobby sign
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I really do hope you will give this a try!

People LOVE signs with words and personal sayings!

They make great gifts and great home décor! 

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The Terra clay-based paint will be added once the new paint line is launched in July! Stay tuned!

Like this Hobby Lobby hack? Have a look at these past projects:

Baby Shower Sign

Welcome Sign for baby shower event made from framed chalkboard
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Baby Shower Event Sign

Pink & Gold Baby Nursery

Custom painted nursery with pink and gold chalk paint
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