Looking for a fun, creative activity for your next girls night out? Or, something new to do with the kids? Book a class at AR Workshop – a boutique DIY workshop where you can choose from numerous home décor projects that you can make yourself. Like wood signs, farmhouse style pillows, centerpiece boxes, and lazy susans. And, you can drink wine while you work. Woot!
How It Works
Before your class, you’ll go out to the AR Workshop website and pick your design so they can pre-order all of the supplies you need to make your project. Knowing the holidays are around the corner, I picked a wood sign that says, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Cute, right?
Oh, did I mention you get to use power tools in class? You’ll have access to a nail gun to put your sign together. How bad ass is that?!
When you arrive, the first and most important thing to do is open your bottle of wine. Just kidding! (But not really). Eh hem….seriously, the first thing you’ll do is get all set up at your table. Paige (the workshop owner) brought us our boards, showed us where to find the supplies, and gave us a quick tutorial on the process.
Next, you’ll sand the boards so you can get ready to paint and stain your sign. Once the boards are prepped and the sign is built, you’ll choose your colors.
I didn’t want to do the traditional red and green Christmas sign, so I went with a more “rustic” color palette. I did an antique white for the base and put a light blue wash on it. Paige skeptically said, “I’ve never seen anyone pick those colors before. I’m anxious to see how it turns out.” I’m such the rebel!
One thing that was fun to see was how much my friends got into their projects. Lots of focused ladies in that room. At one point, I don’t think anyone was talking – which is a rarity. There wasn’t as much wine drinking going on as I would have originally anticipated either. I guess if you get too tipsy, your sign could end up being all jacked up.
As the paint dries, you’ll get your stencil ready. The first step is applying the stencil to the board, then going over the areas that will be painted with ModPodge. This is how the paint is going to stay on the board.
Once the ModPodge dries, you’re ready to start painting! The best technique is to “stipple” the paint on – where you rapidly “tap” the paint on to the board. This helps prevent the paint from bleeding underneath the stencil.
After everything is painted and it’s dry, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for – peeling off the stencil. I was a little nervous, but when I pulled back the stencil, I was really happy with the way it turned out. So, to put the finishing touch on my board, I went back and sanded the final design to give it that that rustic look.
All and all, it was a super fun night with my girlfriends, and it was nice to take a time out from life and do something for myself. Best of all, I got to do something I love – be creative.
I think I’m going to go back with my son – he really wants to do one of a baseball with his name on it. And, the signs and other projects would make great holiday gifts! It’s just around the corner.
AR Workshops are all over the country – see if there is one near you. You’ll have a great time, I promise.