Custom-Made Sports Team Signs

My sister-in-law and family just moved to a new house.  With a new house, comes new artwork!  Her oldest son is a big sports fan and has several favorite teams - specifically Alabama football (around here, you have to pick either Auburn or Alabama), the Harding Bison (his parents' alma mater) and the St.Louis Cardinals (his dad's long-time favorite team).  She asked me to make him some matching artwork for these three favorite teams for his new bedroom.  Of course I was thrilled. What a great just-for-fun project!*

*This project was for personal use only.  I am not selling these signs or any licensed sports team signs.  If you are interested in sports-themed decor, I do offer personalized posters that can be customized with your favorite team names or custom wood-painted signs.

Vintage Style Sports Team Signs

She wanted three square signs painted on 18" x 18" plywood.  We found the images we wanted to work with online and started with this:

 

In Photoshop, I changed each picture to two-color images and sized them to fit the wood.  The edges were a little fuzzy since the images were enlarged, but since I'd be cutting out the logos, it didn't matter how it printed.

Next, I printed the images in sections on plain printer paper, making sure to overlap the sections so I'd be able to easily piece them together once they were all printed:

I cut the edges off of the paper so I could easily fit the pieces together and tape them down to each other to make one large sheet:

Once they were taped together, I cut them all out and layed them on the boards (which had already been painted with the letter/image color):

Next, I used temporary spray adhesive to attach the templates to each board.

Then I spraypainted the boards with the background color (two coats at least):

Once the paint was dry, I removed the templates:

After a little bit of touch up to clean up the edges of each design, I distressed the mess out of them with sandpaper and a little bit of brown watered down paint and a rag.

Distressed Alabama Sign

Alabama "A" Vintage Sign

Harding Bison Wood Painted Sign

Harding Bison Vintage Wall Art

St. Louise Cardinals Wall Art

St. Louis Cardinals Vintage Wood Sign

Projects like these are so much fun for me to do! Hope my nephew enjoys them!

Vintage Style Sports Team Signs

*This project was for personal use only.  I am not selling these signs or any licensed sports team signs.  If you are interested in sports-themed decor, I do offer personalized posters that can be customized with your favorite team names or custom wood-painted signs.

 

Comments

Janel said:

Just showed this to Tucker. He said, "Awesome!". Love them :-)