Silhouette State Sign Couple Gift & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Are you making homemade gifts this year? I’ve found that the perfect gift for the people who have everything is a personalized gift! I made this State Sign for my sister and her new husband recently. With a few painting skills and my handy Silhouette machine, this project was completed within just a few days, so there’s definitely time to make it for a special someone in your life for a present.

State Couple Sign from It Happens in a Blink


  • Wood- I used wood from quarter pallets. This is an excellent pallet project. I had the hubby nail three wood pieces from a quarter pallet together. Use whatever wood that you like, just make sure that it is sanded.
  • Spray paint in 2 colors- I used orange and off-white.
  • Sandpaper
  • Mod Podge or other sealant
  • Vinyl for stencils from Silhouette
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint for name- I used a tan color and a brown color

Begin by prepping the wood. Sand it and fix any rough edges.

Wood for State Couple Sign

Use your Silhouette to cut out the appropriate state shape in vinyl.

Apply the vinyl state shape to the middle of the sign, pressing all bubbles out and making sure the vinyl is secure. I also cut out a small star in the state. I left that open for color.

State Couple Sign

Spray paint the entire piece with the base color. In my case, this is orange.

State Couple Sign

Let this dry and spray paint the entire piece the second color. I used off-white. I covered up the star so that it would stay orange.

State Couple Sign

After the piece has dried completely, remove the vinyl.

Silhouette State Couple Sign from It Happens in a Blink

Use sandpaper to make the piece look weathered. I always do this by hand. I feel like my chances of mistakes are fewer if I can “feel” what I’m doing under the sandpaper.

State Couple Sign for Christmas gift or wedding gift #silhouette

Now add any other personalization. I cut a name and a year stencil from vinyl using my Silhouette. I used acrylic paint to fill in the stencils. After this had dried, I distressed the letters with sandpaper to finalize the weathered appearance.

To seal: After everything had dried, I used antique Mod Podge to cover the entire piece.

State Couple Sign from It Happens in a Blink

Want to check out more Silhouette projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of inspiration!

Silhouette Projects

  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley’s Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner…featuring Santa’s Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: “The Best Way to Spread Christmas” by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. “Believe” Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

$155 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Now for the fun part- a great giveaway for a $155 Amazon gift card that can be used towards whatever you like!

  • Giveaway runs from Monday, December 9th – Monday, December 16th at 11:59p eastern.
  • Giveaway is open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and this is an international-friendly giveaway!
  • Winner will be contacted by Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email and will have 48 hours to respond.
  • Use the below Rafflecopter form to enter.

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  1. says

    What a neat gift! Is the star the location capital, or does it have some relationship to them (where they live, where the met, something like that)? I’m sure they will (or do!) love the gift!

  2. says

    I always Love pallet projects and found yours to be another inspiring one that I am sure your sister and hubby will love for years to come!

  3. says

    Wow, Melanie…this turned out really beautifully! I really like the orange that pops through between the star and the distressing. And the layering of the name atop the state really works! (I would have never thought to do that.) Great work! And thanks for helping to make our December Challenge & Giveaway so special!

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