A dream is a wish your heart makes…

February 28, 2013

Hello readers!

I have been looking forward to this post for a while now, but had to keep it top secret because it was a gift. Now that the gift has been given, I want to share it with you.

My sister-in-law is a big Disney fan and got engaged at Cinderella’s castle at Disney world! She is having a baby girl in the very near future. I wanted to make something sweet for her room and decided on a hand painted wooden sign with my favorite Disney quote, “A dream is a wish makes when you’re fast asleep.”

1. I started with a fence board and drew out triangle on either end to prepare for the jigsaw. (This was actually my first jigsaw project, but like I said before, it was top secret!)

painted detail

painted detail

2. I painted the finished shape with a beautiful grey paint. Once it dried, I sanded it down a bit to age the finish.

3. I decided to hand write the sign so I began with a sharpie and wrote out the whole quote.

hand painted detail

hand written detail

4. After the sharpie layer was complete, I went over with a paint pen to give it layers and a more finished look. (notice the color change as well)

hand painted detail

hand painted detail

5. I taped off the triangles with masking tape to ease the cut and using the jigsaw, cut out the shape.

Jigsaw detail on hand painted sign

Jigsaw detail on sign

6. Finally I covered the sign in a polyurethane to help protect it against the elements (though it will be indoors).

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes When You're Fast Asleep sign

Finished Product

I hope the sign brings peace to my soon-to-be sweet baby niece as she sleeps and dreams in her crib.

Happy dreams,



  1. Looks really good!

    • Thanks, Ms. Phyllis! I am very happy with how it turned out. 🙂

  2. what a great idea! Congrats on the soon to be Auntie!

    • Thank you! 🙂

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