Monday, April 9, 2012

Sesame Street Post Sign Tutorial

..Hey Everyone..



So the time Has come to share this awesome tutorial that "The Man" and Myself have put together for you guys!  I really hope you all enjoy this post.

** UPDATE **  I have been getting a lot of the same questions.  Please look through the comments for questions you may have before contacting me.  If your question hasn't been asked I will make sure I address it.  Other then that if I get questions that I have already answered I will most likely not respond.  But Fear NOT!  Your question is answered in another comment post.  So please read through. :)


 The List
  • Stair Post
  • Stair Post molding
  • Quart of Grass Green Paint
  • Sylvania DOT it Touch LED light
  • 3.5"X 24" Pine board 
  • Plastic White Globe Light cover
  • 12" Small Gold Chain
  • 2 1/4"- 10X2" :Dowel Screws
  • 4 5/8" gold wood round head screws
  • 2 Plaques 1- 8x10" 1- 11x14"
  • 3/8" wood rod
  • 2 1-1/2" Ball Knobs
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood putty
  • Black paint
  • Yellow paint
  • White Vinyl letters and numbers




Step One:
You will want to take your stair post and cut off the top ball.  It should look something like the right picture.  The Left is your before.



You can place your light over on the post to see how it will look and hold up after you made the cut.  Doesn't that look so cool!?  I thought so. ;) 
Step Two: You will take a ruler and make an X on opposite sides of the top post to locate your center to drill a hole.  IT should look just like the two pictures below. 




Step Three:




Step Four:  
After you have cut the pole and placed it through the hole you have previously drilled.  You will want to begin  gluing the 2 plaques together with wood glue and then for extra support take 4 regular screws and screw up from the bottom, make sure that you sink the screws so they don't make the final piece wobble.  Open up your post molding kit and follow the instruction on how to attach it to the post and the plaques.  If there is any gaps take some more wood putty and fill in the edges.  Sand down all rough edges and any putty that may have dried bumpy. Take your wood knobs and the 2 dowel screws and place one on each end of the rod.  ( It helps to pre-drill when using dowel screws ) Putty around the edges almost like your sealing it.  After it is all dry your ready for paint!



Step Five:
Paint and Paint and PAINT until you think it is fully covered.   Take your black paint and do a dry brush technic.  This will make it look like metal and weather worn.

After the paint is dry and cured to the wood take your LED touch light (found at Home DEPOT) And peel off the velcro and attach it to the post as well as the bottom of the light.

Step Six:   Take your pine board and measure out 14-3/8", Draw a line and cut. Use the res t of the pine  board  and take a cup and  create a half circle.  Use a jigsaw to cut out your  half circle. Once it is cute sand the  edges so it's smooth.  Take the wood glue and glue the half circle (in the center) to the 3.5 x 14-3/8" board.

Step Seven: 
 Paint the signs front and back and sides!  ( You can paint both sides if your planing on making the  lamp go either way.) Hand paint a yellow stripe to outline the sign as I did to the left.  I used my Cricut to cut out numbers and letters in vinyl but you can paint them.  I also think you can find vinyl letters and numbers at your local hardware store, but I'm not sure how the size will match up.  If  you have a Cricut, I recommend the Street Sign Cartridge.

Step Eight:  Attach the sign to the pole. The first thing we did was take two eyelet screws and measured in a inch and screwed them in. We took string and made a loop on each eyelet and hunt it on the pole to find out where I wanted the sign to line up.  Then made a mark where the strings lined up on the pole for the other two Eyelet screws and screwed them in the bottom of the pole.  We decided that 5 chain links was enough for our sign.  But it all depends on how you all want yours to look in the end.



Step Nine:  
place your plastic globe on the post and mark four spots where you will pre-drill through the plastic for your gold screws.  We did one hole opposite of the other so it had a sort of balance to it.  Be low is a picture of the size "The Man" drilled. 



Place the globe back on the post and screw the 4 gold screws in the holes.  Not too tight, as you will want it easy to access to get to the light underneath the globe.   And there you have it!  A personalized Sesame Street Lamp.  AB loves hers!  At night time it looks so awesome.  









 

Almost everything we bought for this project can be found at Home Depot.  The only things that I got else where were the Wood knobs and the 2 plaques which I got at JoAnns. (They take as many coupons as you have to give) I really hope you all create one of these and please link back to this post so I can see all the lovely Personalized Posts you have made.  But until then, Keep creating, living and Obsessing!



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47 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for posting this great tutorial, I think I will give this a try for my daughters birthday!

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    1. I can't wait to see how it turns out! Make sure you link it up here so I can check it out! :) I'm actually working on the post from AB's Sesame Street party now!! :)

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  2. This is adorable! : ) Thanks for entering into One Crafty Contest! I would love to have you link up at my weekly link party as well (Mondays @5 - Friday)! Hope to see you there : )

    Ashley
    www.cherishedbliss.com

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    1. Thank you! I will link away! :)

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  3. So Super Cute!! What a great project..absolutely adorable! Great step by step as well! Thanks for sharing!! Jen

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  4. Oh my goodness gracious, you're kidding me! This is the coolest project I've seen all day! genius! My son would be in love with something like this. Thanks so much for entering One Crafty Contest; best of luck to you!!

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  5. This is amazing! You could easily sell these!

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  6. This is amazingly well done. What an awesome idea. Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest and Good Luck, xoxo

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  7. Oh my goodness!! I LOVE this!! So crafty and beautifully done! I'm your newest GFC follower :)

    Blessings,
    Breena
    mommyknowslife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Breena! Welcome! We are your followers to, now. :)

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  8. Wow how cool thankyou for linking up xxxx

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  9. Thanks again for linking up! I featured you today! : )

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  10. This is so great! Congrats on the feature at One Artsy Mama, where I found this, and it looks like others too--well deserved. You're in my reader now--my little one will be Sesame Street age soon!

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    1. Awe! Thanks so much. Be ready for it! It's crazy how well kids respond to sesame street. AB learned a lot from just watching the show. ;)

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  11. Hi, I love this lamp post! It's so cute! I am thinking about having my husband make one for our son's 1st birthday coming up soon. I was wondering if you could tell me an estimate on the cost of the materials to make this? Also, approximately how tall is it? Was your husband able to complete it in one day? Thanks so much for your help!

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    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you. The total cost was around 75$ the stair post and post molding cost the most taking up more than half of that. The total finish height is 4'4". And yes he put it together in one day. And I even got the base coat of grass green paint on. I finished the next day with my dry brush technique to make it look like metal. It took a total of 3 days from start to total finish. :) please send me your pictures so I can post them to show my readers if your interested in doing that. :) I'm sure they would love to see how yours turned out!

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  12. Love this for my baby's sesame street nursery....exactly what I am looking for. However, I am going to add spokes to make it a clothes rack. great job! Thanks for the help!

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  13. This is amazing!! I want to make this for my son's 1st birthday party! What size is the plastic globe?? I live in Ecuador and I'm trying to buy the globe over the internet because I couldn't find one here. You are soooo talented! You should really sell these! Thanks for posting!

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    1. Thank you! The globe is a 6in. The white glass was cheaper, but because this is for a child we went for the plastic! I hope you can find all the parts! If you need help let me know! ;)

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  14. How heavy are the plaques? The stair post seems to be quite heavy and i'm wondering if the plaques I've seen at Joann's are too lightweight.

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  15. How heavy are the plaques (8x10 and 11x14)?
    The ones I saw at Joann's look too lightweight to hold up the stair post (which seems a bit heavy).
    Will the two plaques be a stable enough base so it doesn't easily fall over?

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    1. They are standard. But because they are wider then the stair post they act as a great base at keeping it steady and secure. :)

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  16. On the dowel rod are you sure 1/4" is the size that is awfully small for diameter i think 1 1/4" might work and how long was is your dowel

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  17. This is such a great tutorial, thank you! Do you happen to sell your vinyl letters? I'm trying to locate that cartridge with no luck. :( If so, can you please e-mail me? Thanks!

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    1. Right now I do not sale the vinyl letters. :( Sorry. I think you might be able to get the Sign Cartridge online at Cricut.com. Ebay is also a great place for cartridges that aren't in stores anymore.

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  18. I like this project. I'm making this for my daughter's bday! I'm taking one step further by making it a plug in lamp for her bed time reading! Thx for the perfect tutorial!

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    1. Sounds fantastic! We thought about do a plug in as well, but drilling all the way down the stair post required tools we didn't have at that time. Good Luck!

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  19. I also was confused about the dowel but, I am trying to find the Newel, the stair case post, and am not sure what size and kind? I love yours and would like to recreate it for my Grand-daughter. Would you please let me know. Thank you

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    1. I found mostly everything at Home Depot. I'm not sure the brand of the post, but I know it was like $35.00. The total finish height is 4'4". so that should help you on the size of the post you need. :)

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  20. I was wondering if anyone else had actually made one from your tutorial? I carry a copy of yours when I go shopping and would like to know how they have turned out!

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    1. Yes. :) I've had many make them. Only one has however sent me a picture of theirs. I think they did an excellent job. :)I can post their photo they sent me on the blogs Facebook page for ya. :)

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  22. This is so super cute and I want to make one for my daughter's birthday. Can you tell me the brand for all the paint you used?

    Thanks,

    Tiffany

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  23. This is so adorable!!! I'm trying to make it for my sons birthday.... Just wanted to ask what sized dowel you used- I thought that the 1/4" dowel would be too skinny ... But then I may be wrong.

    I'd really appreciate your help

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    1. I'm sorry, I keep forgetting to update it. THank you for reminding me. it is actually a 3/8" rod.

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  24. Just thought I'd follow up and see if you could tell me the brand of paint you used.

    thanks

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    1. Yes, I used Behr premium plus "green grass". For the dry brush I used a craft basic black mixed with the Behr paint. Hope that helps. You can use any color you feel looks right. :)

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  25. Can you tell me what the dimensions of the sign are? Height/Length?

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  26. Hi, I just recently purchased the materials for this project. Do you by chance sell the vinyl letters?
    Thanks,

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  27. After finding this, I just had to make it for my son's first birthday. The only thing I am having trouble finding is the plastic globe. I am in Canada and I can find the glass ones easily but they don't have pre-drilled holes and I would much prefer the plastic ones since it is for a child. Can you please let me know where you purchased yours? Thank you.

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    1. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Westinghouse-6-in-White-Polyethylene-Globe-8190500/203066112#.UeyPVqUxc-A

      You can order it online here. :)

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  28. I'm trying to read through the comments, but this font makes it very difficult to do so. Has anyone made this? How much did it cost for all of the supplies?

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  29. Do you have to remove the globe every time you want to turn the touch light on? Or how do you access the light once the globe is screwed into the post?

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  30. How do you access the light once the globe is screwed on to the stair post? Do you have to take off the globe every time you want to turn it on/off?

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  31. How do you access the light once the globe is screwed on? Do you have to remove the globe everytime you want to turn light on/off?

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  32. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Questions, what thickness is your stair post? 2x2? 4x4? or somewhere inbetween? How long is the dowel? and how in the world did you come up with such a cute freaking idea!!! You're amazing and an inspiration! Hope to hear from you soon and I'm totally stalking your page from now on! lol Only in the best way ;-)

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