This DIY does come with some tears.... just to give you a heads up.  The handsome man pictured below was like a brother to me.  He recently passed away from a long, but heroic battle to Cystic Fibrosis.  

Jonny and his family are still very dear and close to my heart.  Even though he is gone; I feel his presence with me every single day.  

I have felt his aura even more lately during this beautiful holiday season.  Christmas was Jonny's favorite holiday ever.  He loved the decorations, time with family, and of course the presents.  Oh and he took pride in making the silliest Christmas cookies in the house.

A few weeks ago, Johnny's mother had asked me to keep my eye out for a "Believe" sign.  I know they are everwhere, but she had her heart set on a certain one that she had seen a while back and could no longer find.  I decided I would try and recreate it!  I was honored to do it.  

It may sound silly, but I really felt like Jon was with me in the room while I did it.  At times I even caught myself smiling just thinking about him.

For the BELIEVE sign I used:

1. Scrap wood
2. White and Red Paint
3. Paint brush (big and small)
4. Vaseline
5. Stencils or cut outs from the computer
6. Sand paper
7. Spray Glitter
8. Spray Polyurethane
9. Hanger

In the first step, I simply sanded the wood, painted the board red, and let it dry.

Step 2 is where I used the Vaseline.  I just put it on the edges and in a few spots where I wanted it to look distressed.  I then covered the red paint with the white paint.  

This is so cool- wherever the Vaseline was placed, the paint did not adhere.  Once both the red and white were dry, I took a paper towel and wiped it down.  The white paint and Vaseline mixture came right off.  Cool huh?  This is a huge secret to distressing.

I traced the letters onto the wood with a pencil.  Easy!

And then I painted inside where I traced with the same red paint.  

I loved the way it turned out, but it was too perfect!  That's where the sandpaper came back in.  I simply let it dry and then sanded with my sand block.  It needed just one more thing... GLITTER!!  I sprayed it with glitter, let it dry, and then sprayed it with polyurethane to seal it.  The next day I put the hanger on the back and that was that!

I know Jonny "believed" in the magic of Christmas.  Do you?

Jonny, I love and miss you.  Sending you lots of hugs and kisses to Heaven.  I know you are with me every single day. 

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