Have you ever had that moment when you pull something out of storage and find that it is in pieces? This happened to me a few weeks ago. I was pulling out my Thanksgiving decorations and as I lifted up my large Gather shutter it came apart in a million pieces!!! I wanted to cry! My Gather shutter was a key decoration for my front porch, and it was broken beyond repair. As I stood there looking at all the shutter slats everywhere, I realized that they could be repurposed and made into something different and, I had a large void to fill on my porch. I decided to create another smaller sign that I could hang in the spot where I would place my large gather shutter. This is how the Fall/Thanksgiving Feather Slat Board Sign came to be.
First I gathered 16 shutter slats, I know most people won’t have these on hand. You could use lathing sticks or any thin slim pieces of wood you have on hand. I laid the 16 slats side by side and put a line of hot glue in between each slat to glue them together. Now that I had a nice slat board made, I flipped it over and painted the board a mustard yellow color.
Next I cut some lathing sticks to create a frame for my Fall/Thanksgiving Feather Slat Board Sign using my jig saw. I cut 2 pieces at 12 1/2 inches long and 2 more sticks at 16 inches long. I mixed together some brown paint and water to create a faux stain and, painted the lathing sticks with my faux stain. After the faux stain was dry I glued them to my 16 shutter slats.
Using my personal cutting machine, I found a template for a feather in the online silhouette store. I cut the feather design out of 2 different colors of vinyl. For the base feather I used a turquoise color and the top detailed layer I used a rustic orange color. I applied the feather design to my slat board off to the left side at a slant. Then I cut the word gather out of dark brown vinyl, I used the great vibes font. Last I placed the word gather over the top of my feather design.
You could place this Fall/Thanksgiving Feather Slat Board Sign on a mantle or entry table. I will be attaching a ribbon to the back of my sign and hanging it outside on my front porch.
How do you like to decorate for Thanksgiving?
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