Anniversary Love Sign

Last Friday Anthony and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, I wanted to create something that was both meaningful to our wedding day and something that we could display in our home.

Since our master bedroom is still undergoing a few changes of its own, I thought it only fitting that I create something both special and pretty to display in there.

It also wasn’t a tiny bit hard for me to decide what I wanted to spotlight from our wedding ceremony: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7. Anthony and I loved the passage so much, that we based much of our wedding ceremony around it. So, it’s not only a memory that I get to treasure on a daily basis, but it’s a constant reminder about what true love is… and isn’t.

Marriage isn’t easy… It’s full of ups and downs… but it’s entirely worth it. And this sign, well, it’s powerful. And I love walking by it every single day.

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Here’s how we made it:

First, I had Anthony make the actual sign, then I stained it with Early American by Minwax…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I designed all the wording with my Silhouette design studio, then cut them out in sets of three word groups…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once all the words were cut, I started peeling back the negative side of the vinyl…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I used Silhouette’s transfer paper and pressed the sticky side on top of the words…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I pressed it firmly onto the words, then started lifting it up…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

To have them evenly spaced on the sign, I used a yard stick and drew a line on the side of the sign…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I measured my distance and started laying the the vinyl onto the sign. I used the line as my guide to have all the words straight…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then I pressed all the letters onto the sign firmly…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

And pulled off the transfer paper…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the first set was on, I used a tape measure to make sure the next word grouping would be evenly spaced, and followed the same method above to finish the rest of the verse.

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

*Please note that this sign is totally not perfect. I had a few areas where the vinyl stuck to the board before I was ready for it to. Without pulling up the letters and moving them around one by one, I went with it…

Then, I used white paint and a foam roller to paint over the entire sign…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I was done with the paint, I quickly started pulling up each vinyl letter with a razor blade. After it had dried, I used a mixture of clear and dark wax to give the sign a little bit of aging…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Even with the small flaws, I am absolutely thrilled with this sign…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I love the white and wood combination…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

It’s powerful and promising…

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

Aniversary Love Sign by The Wood Grain Cottage

I can’t even express how much I love this sign. In so many different ways it’s an excellent reminder for our daily lives… and the power of love!

Home is all about the love that flows through it…

Main SignatureP.S.- I found my inspiration for our anniversary sign here. :-D

Lovely comments so far...

  1. Beautiful! Anyone can tell how much love the two of you have for each other and your home. I wish nothing less for my kids when their time comes. God Bless you both and here’s to another 50 happy years together!!

  2. Corrinne says:

    Yes, the sign is beautiful, Shayna! Congratulations on your 5th wedding anniversary!

  3. I absolutely love this! It’s my favorite bible verse, and has been since I was little. You did such a great job =)

  4. Shayna:
    Congratulations on your anniversary. It is so wonderful to see a young couple love and respect each other that much. ne thing is that you have God in your life and as long as you two have that things will come and go, but you will make it through all of it. Again congratulations.

    • OH Betty! THANK YOU so very much for the wonderful comment! We both greatly appreciate it! I couldn’t agree more! :-D

  5. LOVE. MUST. MAKE. ONE!!! <3 M

  6. Christy Sedtal says:

    This is beautiful! What kind of silhouette machine are you using?

  7. I love this sign! You did a great job! I have a wall in my bedroom that I have struggled with what to put there. It looks to be about the same size as yours…what are the dimensions of your sign?

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