Make your own olde worlde wooden sign, to hang up outside your olde worlde bedroom.

You will need:
  • two large pieces of cardboard box card
  • pencil
  • 30cm ruler
  • scissors
  • masking tape or sticky tape
  • ballpoint pen or pencil (optional)
  • PVA glue
  • tissue paper or kitchen roll
  • paper to sketch on
  • permanent black pen
  • poster or acrylic paint
  • newspaper to protect your work surface
Take a big piece of cardboard box card and draw a frame, the width of a ruler, around the outside.
Then draw lines from the inside corners to the outside.
Divide the middle section into 3 long strips.

You donít need a ruler to do this, and you donít need to be accurate.
Cut along all of these lines.

Again, you donít need to be neat.

Youíll have all these pieces separately now, with the 3 sections in the middle.
To start turning these middle sections into old planks of wood, you need to roughen them up.

Start by snipping into the ends to make them look jagged and splintered.
Then tape your scissors closed, and carefully score a wood grain pattern into one side of each plank.

Simply create a wood grain with wavy lines, and the occasional sort of eclipse for knots in the wood.
You could also press in a ball point pen or pencil, to create a woodworm effect.

There you have an old, battered and distressed plank.

Treat all three middle sections the same way.
Stick these, and your frame pieces, onto the other piece of cardboard box card.

You will have your planks of wood in the middle and your frame around the outside.

When you are happy with their position, glue them down.
To make it even better, make the frame pieces look as if theyíre made out of real, chunky carved wood.

To do this, you need to decide on a rough pattern, and just draw it on - nothing too intricate - to look like a pattern carved into the wood, similar to the patterns you see on old furniture.
Now mix some PVA glue in equal parts with water.

Take some tissue paper, and dip it into the glue mixture.

Squeeze out the excess and mould it into place on your design.

Follow the pattern all the way around, and when youíve done it, leave it to dry.
When it is dry, the tissue will go as solid as wood, giving your basic olde worlde design.
To design a picture for your olde worlde sign, it's a good idea to look at some history books for some old fashioned pictures to copy.
Sketch your design out on paper first.

Donít worry about too much detail at this point, or making any mistakes, as this is only rough!
When youíre happy with your rough design, copy it onto your sign across the 3 panels in black pen.

Make it really neat this time, in black pen (preferably a permanent one).
Now it's ready to paint. Use poster or acrylic paint for this.

To transform those outside pieces into solid carved wood, paint them a woody brown colour, pushing the paint into the nooks and crannies.

To give it a really carved 3D look, just streak in some slightly darker brown and push it down into all that carved Ďwoodí.
For the picture itself, use duller wishy-washy colours for a faded, old and weathered look.

You donít need to be too neat.
And there you have it - an olde worlde sign!
You can create any olde worlde sign.

How about a football theme? You could even do a different shaped one, like a shield.

Paint anything you like on them, or make a name plaque to hang outside your bedroom.

Try it yourself!