Step 1) What do you want visitors to feel, think, or see when they enter your home? Choose your words wisely, then browse sites like dafont or fontsquirrel to find your desired fonts.
Step 2) Use your image editor of choice to choose your sign size. GIMP is free. I use and recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements. Go to File -->> New Image and enter your image size in inches or centimeters and most importantly, change your Resolution (PPI or DPI) to 300 pixels per inch to ensure high quality printing!
Step 3) Arrange your fonts to your liking. I worked on mine for an hour on and off before I was satisfied.
Step 4) Comparison shop to find the best local printer. My first estimate for a 19" x 27" sign was $40.00, my second was $1.64! If you go for a simple black and white large print like I do you can slash prices dramatically. I printed mine at Office Depot.
Here it is in my new and improved entryway which had absolutely nothing but boxes in it before!
Step 5) Hang your sign with pride. I decided mine looked better unframed and used a combination of binder clips and a vintage hanger to display it in my hallway entryway. Love the results!
I had so much fun making this piece that I decided to make it available in my Etsy Shop along with a whole series I call Morbid Motivation for indie business owners or anyone else who needs that extra kick in the ass on the job. Let me know if you have any questions or requests for future signs in the shop or DIYs. There's a Shoes Off one, too, of course!
What are some signs you'd love to hang in your home? I think I'll work on some more thrifting ones, next...