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So since it’s summer we have been spending a lot of time outside working on our outdoor area. This year we decided to have a little Disney corner of our patio. The main project for the corner is going to be our Magic Kingdom Directional Sign.
Things you need for this project:
To start out you want to design what you are going to put on your arrows. We decided to do Main Street and Cinderella’s Castle because those are 2 of the first things we think of when we talk about The Magic Kingdom. Our last 2 signs we chose our favorite rides in the park. Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain are the 2 rides my mom will ride every time we go. But when you guys are doing this you can choose anything in the park that has meaning to you. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter I will have a kit put together with the vinyl wording and the 3D statue. Just let me know if you are interested in the comments.
The second part of the design was the top sign. We wanted to do a Walt quote but it was hard to decide which one was our favorite. We decided to go with the quote we chose because of the welcome message it has but you can make this your own. If you have a quote you like better then use it. If you just want it to say Magic Kingdom then that is awesome too. Again if you don’t have a vinyl cutter and are interested in the kit comment down below!
Next you want to cut the wood. We had some scrap pieces of wood that we were able to use. If you don’t have scrap wood then just buy a 1”x2”x8’ piece of wood. You want to cut of it into four 10” pieces and 1 42” piece. The 10” pieces will be for the four arrows. The 42” piece is going to be the support piece. Once you have them cut to size you want to take the 4 small pieces and cut one end into a point for the arrow.
The next piece of wood you will need is a wide piece for the top of the sign. I just used a scrap piece of wood that was about 5”x13” but if you have scrap pieces smaller or bigger that will fine. If you don’t have any scraps I definitely suggest the 5” wide because I think it was perfect for what I did. You want it to be 13” long so it’s a little bigger then the arrows.
After you have all the wood cut go ahead and paint/stain them any colors you want. I mixed it up and did a few blues, a few neutral colors, a red to make that one stand out. Once you finish painting/staining you are going to seal it with polycrylic. I suggest two/three coats of it, especially if it will be going outside.
After you finish painting and sealing you are going to want to let it dry for a full 24-48 hours to make sure nothing will peak up when you put the vinyl on. After letting it dry you can go ahead and transfer the vinyl onto the correct pieces.
Next you will want to glue and nail down all of the arrows and the top sign to the support piece.
Now that the sign is all done and put together you are going to move on to the pot you are going to have it in. You want to use a 10 inch pot. If you are going to paint the ceramic pot and it is going outside then you need to seal both the inside and outside with polycrylic before you even start to paint them. This is because if water gets inside of the pot it will start to swell and make the paint on the outside crack. I learned that the hard way. I painted it to make it look like Mickey but you can Disnify (is that a word? If not I think it should be!) it however you want.
Once you have both the sign and the pot done and painted you are going to need the cement to hold the sign in the pot. You want to fill it about 3/4 of the way up the pot. I used quick dry cement but I still let it dry for a few hours before I did anything else.
Once the cement is dry and the sign is sturdy then you can add rocks or whatever you would like to hide the cement and bottom of the poll.
The last step that you will do is to add the figurine to the top of the sign. I 3D printed the partner statue from Magic Kingdom and painted it to look bronze. I used hot glue and e6000 glue to attach it to the top of the sign.
What do think of this patio project? Let me know in the comments! It was a lot of fun to make and it brought a little bit of Disney to the patio. Check out below for links to some of the things that I used in this tutorial.
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