Friday, December 3, 2010
Family In Hangul, Wooden Sign
Korean writing is called Hangul. Our youngest son was born in Korea and I wanted a way to display something from his birth culture yet something that has meaning for our whole family. I had seen some great distressed wood signs and knew I could combine the two to make a neat sign for the wall in our entryway.
Using an online translator I translated the word family from English to Korean Hangul. Now for simple words the translators work pretty well but it is always a good idea to ask someone who knows that language to double check. You would hate to put a word up on your wall that means something different than what you think it says.
Once I had my word translated I copied and pasted it into a word document. Then found a font that I liked. Chunky fonts that are thick type work best for cutting out of wood.
I blew up my word to the size I wanted for my wall and printed it out. Then cut out the word and traced the parts onto wood.
I took my Rotozip and carefully cut out the letters on the wood. A Rotozip is kind of like a drill but the bit on the drill you can use to cut things by moving it sideways across the wood.
You can use any kind of wood but I used pressed wood board which is made of glue and wood pieces. I knew I was going to be painting it anyway so I really didn't need visible wood grain and I happened to have scraps on hand that would work well.
I sanded the pieces after they were cut, then put on a thin layer of burnt orange paint. Then a layer of light blue. I did not let the blue dry all the way before sanding some parts away. I wanted it to look old and distressed. I sanded the edges because if it was old it would have more wear in those places.
They still didn't quite look old enough. I was considering some dark stain but didn't have any. What I did have on hand was brown and black shoe polish. I used those two to make them look a bit more old.
Then I hung them on the wall with 3m strips. I think it was the perfect thing to fill the space.
Sharing this one with Katie!