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DIY in a BOX | Merry & Bright Vintage Camper Wood Sign

Posted by Ashley Eisenhauer on

This Merry & Bright Vintage Camper Wooden Sign is sure to bring cheer this holiday season. Warm up your home with this cute sign hand painted by you! Follow our simple steps to complete this look!






A little prep work is needed before we paint. First you need to lay out out campers exterior design. We put a tape line half way up the camper. This will give you a nice clean line between your red and white. 

First we painted the top half of the camper white. Do your best to stay within the bevel. Start with brush strokes from the center of the camper moving out, this will prevent any pooling of paint and will keep the paint inside the bevel. Don't worry if the edges are sloppy, you will be trimming the camper out in silver as well as the edge of the door. 
Continue by removing the tape very carefully and painting the bottom half of the camper red. Do your best to stay within the bevel. 
We will now clean up the edges by using the silver. Dipping in the silver, try NOT to load too much paint on the brush. Paint around the edge of the bevel to trim the camper out in silver. You will also want to define the door, door knob, hub caps to the tires and the bottom trailer hitch. 
Using the black paint we will now add the strings of lights. Again dip only the tip your brush into the black and paint the light strings. Paint them to appear that they are draped from the roof line to the sides of the camper. While using black you can  also painted the tires black. 
In the picture below we painted the door white, however through the creative process, we found that we liked it better a darker color because it made the wreath really POP. 
Adding the lights to the camper is the BEST part of this project! It looks so adorable. Again, dip just the tip of the brush into the red paint. Paint the tiny bulbs along the black cords and space as evenly as possible, keeping in mind that you will be adding green and silver bulbs as well. *** If you feel you can not paint the bulbs all the same shape, you can use the back end of the paint brush. Practice on paper so you can figure out how much paint to get on the stick. 
Now that the string of lights are complete, it's time to add a little more detail. Dipping back into the white with a very CLEAN brush, paint a fine line along the base of the camper to define the frame, and you can also give your tires some vintage white walls. We additionally added red to the center of the hubcaps. 
As you have seen, the tires and hubcap design changed in addition to the door throughout the design process so just pick what vintage vibe you like best. It certainly doesn't have to look like ours. 
Going back to the green paint, paint a circle as the base of the wreath located above the door knob, centered on door as best as possible. 
Paint peddles around the wreath until its nice and full.
After the wreath is looking nice and full, use the back end of the paint brush again and add some red dots to represent berries on the wreath. 
The last step is to glue the Merry & Bright to your sign. Set aside and allow some time to dry while laying flat. Don't stand up or hang the sign until the glue has dried (at least 4 hours). Things wont be so merry if the words slide off the sign. 
We hope you love this project as much as we do! Email us with any questions at or message us on Facebook 


Special Note: Sign is intended for indoor use. 

P.S. Don't forget to tag @paintedbytheshore on Instagram to share your progress & completed projects!  Every Monday we'll choose 1 person who tagged us to be our "winner of the week", & they'll get an awesome prize sent to them!

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