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Graduation Party Sign (and Guestbook)

"Congratulations, class!" Have your graduation party guests leave a message on this oversized sign—painted in school colors and decoupaged with favorite photos!

Photography: Mike Krautter

Source: Martha Stewart


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  • Craft paint (Pictured: Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Granny Smith, Beetle Black, and Lake Fog; $2.49 for 2 oz.;

  • Decoupage medium

  • Paintbrush

  • Wood numbers, available at craft stores

  • Graduation photos


  1. If you are going with the graduation year (ie. "2016") paint three of the numbers with two coats of whatever color you choose. Use the flat tip of the brush to paint the edges of the numbers.

  2. With the remaining number, paint the edges in whatever color of your choosing. Let dry.
  3. Start to decoupage the photographs onto the bare surface of that number. First, apply decoupage medium to the wood surface (just about the size of the image), then to the back of the image. Lay the image down to the preferred position.
  4. Apply a thin layer of decoupage medium over the images as you go along, repeating step 3 per photo. You may use your brush to release any air bubbles and ensure a flat image.
  5. Let the painted and decoupage numbers completely dry before signing.

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