A welcome sign at a party is a heart-warming sight – and can lead in different directions

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  • This pretty welcome sign will make your May Day garden party go with a swing. Ring the changes and frame your child’s name for a bespoke bedroom sign or adapt it to point your party guests to the smallest room in the house

    The first weekend in May is one of the most special holidays in the year. Easter has been and gone, and all of summer lies ahead. Celebrate by throwing a lovely garden party for family and friends – and if the weather prevents just have your garden party inside. This quick craft project will help you set the tone.

    Create an eye-catching sign to greet your party guests and show them you’ve put a lot of thought into your gathering. Just find an old picture frame, dismantle it and line the backing board with fabric using spray adhesive.

    To make a greeting similar to the sign here, use a computer and print out the word ‘welcome’ in a size to fit the frame. Cut out the word, and on a covered surface lightly spray the front of your cut-out word with a coloured spray paint and leave it to dry. Lightly spray the back of the word with spray adhesive and gently press into place on top of the fabric, then reassemble the frame and add a ribbon hanging loop.

    Experiment with paint shades and frame types to give your party sign a bespoke feel.

    Take the idea in a different direction and adapt the idea for a child’s room – or to create signs for your in-house Ladies’ or Gents’!

    You will need:


    – buy a cheap and cheerful one if you don’t have one to hand, or you might be able to pick up something fabulous from a junk shop.


    Super multi-purpose spray paint (available in 3 finishes), Heather Violet gloss (for the word); Aqua satin (for frame), both around £7.98 for 400ml, Plasti-kote.

    3M Spray Mount adhesive, around £12 for 200ml, and ribbon from a selection, both Hobbycraft.

    Find more craft ideas and makes at Country Homes & Interiors

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