DIY Blessings Board

Last year, I came up with the word “Trust” as my word of focus for the new year. 

Little did I know that God would put me to the test and prove just how much I truly needed to learn about trusting Him.

In February, I saw my life flash before my eyes when I almost got hit head on by a car that slid into my lane.

In March, coming home from Dallas over spring break, I endured a 5 hour panic attack that left me a wreck for what seemed like forever.

In May, I had a breast cancer scare.

These are just a few of the things I went through this year, and each time I was pushed to trust God more and more..  Trust that he has a plan.  Trust that his plan is always better than mine.  Trust that anxiety is not from him.

As this year comes to an end, and I look back over the year, I can’t help but think of the word, “Blessings.”

Even though I had some hard times in 2013, there were definitely times of blessings, abundant blessings…

Like, I didn’t have cancer, I didn’t get in a car crash, and I have an amazing job that I love!

So, I thought I would create a simple project to remind me of those blessings, and to be a focal point in our home for 2014.

Blessings Board



1′ x 12′ board 

Wood Stain

3M SandBlaster Sandpaper 120 grit

3M Scotch Blue Exterior Tape

white paint

black paint pen

black and white card stock

Here’s what I did…

Blessings Board

Step One:  Grab a 1′ x 12′ board.   I was able to purchase mine at our local hardware store already cut to this size!  Bonus!!  No cutting involved!

Blessings Board

Step Two:  Next, using some 3M Sandblaster sandpaper, sand the surface and the edges of the board until it’s smooth.  

Blessings Board

Step Three:  Using a stain of your choice, stain the entire board.  I prefer a darker stain, but any stain would work.

Blessings Board

Step Four:  Once the stain is dry, grab some 3M Scotch Blue Exterior painters tape.  I chose exterior painter’s tape because it seems to work best on wood. 

Blessings Board

Step Five:  Measure the distance from the top and bottom of your board and make marks on the right side, the center, and the left side of your board.  I chose to mark 3 inches down from the top and 3 inches up from the bottom.  By marking on the sides and the middle, you have marks to line up your tape so you are even all the way across!

Blessings Board

Step Six:  Paint the center using white chalk paint.  (This is where you better hope you are using a good painter’s tape!  When you’re painting on top of something that has been stained, there is no way to fix paint that decides to seep under the tape.)  

Blessings Board

Step Seven:  After painting on a coat of paint, use a wet washcloth to wipe down the paint.  This gives it more of a weathered look and allows you to see some of the stained wood behind.

Blessings Board

Step Eight:  Carefully peel back the tape. (I always hold my breath here…)

Blessings Board

 YES!!  Perfect!!!  Look at those crisp lines!!  LOVE it!!

Blessings Board

Step Nine:  Print off the word “Blessings” using your favorite font.  I used Chancery Cursive at size 375.

Next, flip over the printed page and use a pencil to shade over the letters.

Blessings Board

Step Ten:  Place your printed page on top of your white painted stripe and trace over the letters while pressing firmly at the same time.  The pencil lines will be left behind when you remove your paper.

Blessings Board

Step Eleven:  Fill in the lines using a black paint pen.

Blessings Board

Step Twelve:  Finally, print off your favorite pictures from the year, or pictures that make you feel blessed, onto card stock paper.

I printed off several…

Blessings Board

..and backed them all with black card stock.

Blessings Board

Step Thirteen:  Roll up tape and stick behind each picture. Place them on your board.  

Why tape?  

Because I want to be able to change out my pictures each year!

Blessings Board

And now I have a great reminder of my new word for 2014… BLESSINGS

I will choose to remember how God has blessed us each and every year.  That even in the valley, there is always a mountain top just ahead.

May God bless you all in 2014!!

Much Love,


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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. I can relate. 2012 was my/our year of trusting. 2013 was our year of good health and thanksgiving. We are so blessed! Luv you sign. Thinking we can use on here in the Newbanks cottage.
    Happy New Year to you and yours Claire.
    Hugs, Gee
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  2. Thanks for sharing Claire! Even tho I am happy to put 2013 behind me…..It was a very blessed year in which my family grew closer together….and that I am very grateful for! I can relate to your panic attack and breast cancer scare…I had to have a mastectomy in October but all is ok now. I’m Very blessed!! Hope your 2014 brings you joy, health and your bond with God even stronger!
    Happy New Year!
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  3. Hi there – question….do u wait for the chalk paint to dry a bit before wiping off??

  4. Hello there, I love this idea!!! I admire your strength and perseverance through everything that comes your way. God bless you and your family. I just want to say thank you for sharing everything you do; it’s always so beautiful and the color pallets you choose fit everything so perfectly…. thanks for the inspiration!!!
    By the way, as I was reading your board post I noticed you mentioned on step nine to print out the word, but what type of printer do you use, an ink/laser? How did you get the word to print out together?

  5. Claire! I absolutely love this board. It’s a great reminder of the blessings in your life. I had a real bad end of the year and I think I need to take a look at my blessings now. Beautiful!!



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