College Football Wooden Spirit Sign

Hi and welcome back!

It’s September!!  Woo-whoo!!  My favorite time of year, for all the obviously, glorious falll-y reasons…the main one being it’s football season!

We kind of big, huge, ridiculous, jump on the table, punch our neighbors (he’s a big guy),talk about it on date night  kind of college football fans.  I grew up in Auburn, AL…home of Auburn University, where I also went to college.  My husband came for grad school and that is where we met, became friends, fell in love and got married.

As much as we loved Virginia (we LOVED it), we always knew that if we had the opportunity to move back to a college town we would look at it.  When my husband got offered a wonderful job in Stillwater, OK we decided to go for it. There is nothing that comes close to the excitement and hype of a college town on game day.  I love to see the kids get their orange on and get excited for tailgating and fanfare.  It just feels like home to me.  So, needless to say I’m glad to be living in a college town for football season for the first time in 14 years! Is that right?  Geez.

Anyway, I wanted to show off this sign I made for my bestie back in Auburn a few years ago.  I didn’t take enough pics, this was from my pre-blogging days.

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These boards are super easy to make and you can write whatever you like on them, this is just my little college gameday take on it.  I took some 1x4s and cut 6 pieces at 24″ each.  I then took a 1×2 piece of wood and cut two pieces at 20″ each.  I clamped the 1x4s together and placed the small pieces on the back.  Countersinking some holes and screwing them together at each 1×4.  I also used a little wood glue just to be super secure.  You can then hang a picture hanger wire between the small boards.

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Then I flipped it back over and painted the whole thing.

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For the lettering, I took the extra hard way because I didn’t know about carbon paper.  If you have a super fancy stencil maker thing, this would be even easier.  What I did was set up mine in Micorsoft Word.  I put my paper size to be the size of the board (or as close to the size of the board as I could get.  Then I made the design the way I wanted it and printed it out on regular sized sheets of paper.  Make sure and use the “outline” feature on the letters to use WAY less ink.  I sometimes had one or two letters per page, but that’s okay.  Then (and this is what took forever) I cut each letter out and placed them on the board where I wanted. So, I didn’t take pictures at this point (I wasn’t blogging yet), but I basically just made my own little stencils.  if you can find carbon paper, you can trace it very easily, and that is a huge time saver.  Then I took a very light pencil and traced around the cutouts.  After I had it all just so, I painted the letters using acrylic paints.  I used Sharpie pens on some, but the Sharpie pens fade in the sun I’ve been told.  If you are going to put them outside, stick to acrylics and maybe add a layer of polycrylic or some other protective glaze.

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And that’s it!  Sorry for the lack of pictures, but if you have any questions at all, ask away.

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Happy Fall, and as we say around here, Happy College Football Season !

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26 Comments on “College Football Wooden Spirit Sign

  1. This is so cute! We are currently living abroad, and while I’m not a huge football fan, I do love the atmosphere of a good college football town. I’m a big fan of the tailgating and chatting… not so much the sports. ha! Anyway, this is adorable. When we are back in the states I may need to make one for my next tailgate!

    • Actually, I hear you are a Cowboy? Is that true?? We love Stillwater, just moved here in January and we are super excited to jump on the “Go Pokes” bandwagon!

  2. I agree, April, there is nothing like living in a college town during football season. I love it that if I’m not home watching the game, the play by play is broadcast in restaurants and in the grocery store! I love the feeling of expectation everywhere I go before the game starts, everyone in their orange and buying snacks for tailgating or watching at home! Your sign is very cute although it would look even better if it said Go Vols instead.
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    • Haha, I actually love the Vols! They are my second favorite after having a wonderful weekend of tailgaiting in Knoxville in college. Great town and atmosphere!

  3. Awesome sign, April! I’m not a huge football fan, but the rest of my family is! We hit a lot of high school football games (we live in a small town, and it’s the social event of the week). :0) I’m so glad you discovered carbon paper! It has seriously saved my sanity. Have a great weekend!
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    • Thanks Tiffany! I made this sign years ago, then discovered carbon paper, but have never tried it! Soon ;). Glad you stopped by!

  4. We live up in Madison (near Huntsville) so we know all about how crazy Alabamians are about their college football! Your sign turned out perfect!

    Also, thank you so much for joining us the past couple weeks at Merry Monday! We hope you enjoyed your time co-hosting with us because we sure enjoyed having you! 🙂
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    • I have enjoyed it, it’s been so fun. Thank you for stopping by and thanks for having me! Both my parents are from Huntsville! Small world 🙂

    • Haha, thanks Patrick! We just moved to Stillwater, OK – home of the OSU Cowboys. They seem to be crazy about football here, which I kind of like. Go Pokes, War Eagle, and thanks for stopping by!

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