A couple of weeks ago, my kids and I ventured out to Nailed It DIY Studio Orlando. To be completely honest, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew we were going to each make a sign, but that was pretty much it. That’s definitely a very simple explanation for an amazingly fun activity. The kids and I had a fantastic time, and it turned out to be one of our favorite activities that we have done this school year.
What is Nailed it DIY?
Nailed it DIY is a do it yourself sign studio for people of all ages. You know the wood signs that you see in Joann’s or Michaels, those are the types of signs that you are making.
How the Process Works
Choose a Design and Studio Time
On Nailed It DIY’s website you would choose the project you would like to sign up for ahead of time and choose your studio time. They offer signs in a variety of themes including Your Home, Spring Fresh, Child’s Play, Winter Warmth (including Christmas) and more.
You can choose to create a stacked sign (multiple pieces of wood) or a flat sign. You also need to choose the shape of your sign, round or square, and whether you want to add a frame and/or handles to your sign. You then pay for the signs you chose and sign up for your studio time.
Day of – In Studio
When you get to the studio at the allotted time, the pieces of your sign will be laid out a station for you. It will include the wooden part of the sign (multiple pieces for a stacked sign, or one piece for a solid sign), the stencil that you chose, and if you chose a frame, the pieces that you need to make the frame.
We all chose stacked signs, so we had to glue brackets to the back of the sign to stabilize it and then staple gun them in place to create one solid piece to create our sign. My daughter was able to use the staple gun by herself, but my son did need assistance as it was too heavy for him.
We then moved over to the electric sanders/buffers) to smooth out our wood. We smoothed out all sides of the sign. My 6-year old was a little nervous at first and wanted me to help him, but then very quickly proceeded to kick me off the machine. The 11-year old was merrily sanding with no real assistance needed on my part.
After sanding, the kids chose their base coats for their signs and started applying them with a roller. Since my sign had a frame, I had a couple of additional steps to do before I could get to painting. I had to use sandpaper to smooth out my frame and then I attached the frame to my sign base. After that was done, I chose paint for both the frame and the sign and started painting.
After the background paint is applied, we then applied our chosen stencil and smoothed it out to ensure that all the air bubbles were removed.
We then chose the paint that we wanted for our stencil. You can choose as many colors as you want. My son chose multiple colors, my daughter chose two and I only chose one. We had to apply the paint a couple of times in order to get a nice color on our signs. After all the paint was dry, we removed the stencil and our signs were complete!
All of our signs came out looking great, and no one would be able to tell that we didn’t buy them in a store.
Things to Note:
The entire process takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
You will need to use power tools to make your sign, so kids might need assistance.
Go or No Go
Nailed it DIY was tons of fun and I would highly recommend it as a great family activity.
Nailed it DIY Studio Orlando
12789 Waterford Lakes Parkway., Bay #6, Orlando, FL 32828
Orlando Parents Family Fun Magazine was provided with a complimentary workshop in order to facilitate this review. As always, our opinions are our own.