diy {this too shall pass….wood poster}


So it is officially Craft Week at Under the Sycamore! Hopefully this week there will be a little something for everyone. That Design Aglow project should be posted today and the Silhouette giveaway ends tonight. Today’s project does involve power tools and a Silhouette, but you could still create it with a hand saw and scissors….it would just take longer. I was inspired by this (if you know the original creator, please let me know).

On the last day of Clean Slate there was a pile of wood in the trash bin. I mentioned to my friend Lori I wanted some and she was sure to remind Chris when he left. So I’ve had a little pile of scrap wood waiting for a new life.

To begin I lined up my wood in the general shape I wanted. I marked off where I’d like the wood trimmed…no measuring just eyeballing what I like.

I used the saw to cut off the extra wood and then laid it back out to make sure it looked the way I wanted.

There are a lot better ways to mount the wood, but I went with what I had on hand…more scrap plywood and wood glue. The thing I love about diy projects is it is “Do” “It” “Yourself”…there is usually never one way to do something. Use what you have on hand. Make it work. Improvise. Perfection is way overrated. I made sure my plywood fit the back and then poured glue on the scrap wood and laid my cut wood on top.

I piled on more wood to add weight while it dried.

Once my wood base was dry I used it as a background for other pictures I got out my Silhouette to cut letters. I used some Amy Butler scrapbooking paper I had on hand. (Remember I am hosting a Silhouette giveaway….it ends today, go enter to win one here). If you don’t have a Silhouette, you could print and cut letter out by hand.

I used a generous amount of Americana Decou-Page on the back of the letters and then stuck them to the wood. My little helper was near my side. I kept asking her not to touch my wood with her banana fingers and then laughed considering the words I was gluing on…”this too shall pass”


When I told Chris I was going to use the phrase “this too shall pass” he wasn’t so sure about it. I think most people think it has a negative connotation. Maybe it is seen as a phrase to embrace in hard times. It has always been one of my favorite phrases. To me it is encouraging when things are hard, but a great reminder when they are good. Life changes. The unexpected can happen at any moment…..

My daughter stuck in the hospital in traction….this too shall pass

My son running through the house with underwear on his head….this too shall pass

A tight hug and “Mommy you are my favorite girl”….this too shall pass

A little guy determined to survive on PB&Js alone…this too shall pass

A little shadow never wanting to leave my side….this too shall pass

A kiss from mom makes the hurt disappear….this too shall pass

Sword fighting leads to tears…this too shall pass

Cheerios & milk spilled on the floor….this too shall pass

Little feet climbing into daddy & mommy’s bed at 4am…this too shall pass

Carry me!…this too shall pass

Waving bye to daddy as he pulls out the driveway in the morning…this too shall pass


I don’t see it as negative….I see it as very realistic reminder that life passes. Yesterday is gone. Today will pass in a few hours. This Too Shall Pass….so I want to be present. I don’t want to be a long run on sentence of “just a minute…hold on…not now…maybe later…we will tomorrow…” This moment. This day. This is what I have been given. I’m not guaranteed the next day or even the next moment. I want to be present



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  • Kimberlee Jost - I love this.
    This too, shall pass because nothing comes to stay.
    Be present.

    Being present really is a gift, isn’t it?

  • Ella - I love this Ashley. And of course, there is the first of the Silhouette cutter projects πŸ˜‰

  • Sherry Cartwright - Beautiful poster with the perfect sentiment. I love the wood base.

  • Liene - Really like this DIY, and true, good times will too pass, I therefore like your addition “be present” and live in the moment.

  • Loren - This is lovely. I think it’s totally a positive sentiment.

  • Pam T. - The Silhouette looks so fun. I would love to own one.

  • Emily Lusk - What a cute idea and a great thing to be reminded of every day! I need a reminder like this in my house… it helps put everything in perspective.

  • Molly - love it ashley! so neat and so true:)

  • Laura - When I saw the top picture I thought how beautiful the phrase was! It also reminded me of Carrie Underwood’s song Temporary Home.

  • Sarah Pratt - Very nice! What a great way to start the week!

  • Carla - This is so beautiful!! You’re so talented!

  • rutheah - LOVE! the fresh crisp letters contrasting with the old weathered wood is delightful. πŸ™‚

  • Faith - As a mom, I think this phrase is absolutely perfect! I am trying to embrace this with my kids lately. They will not always want to snuggle with me first thing in the morning,talk over each other as soon as we get in the car to tell me about their day, or be so excited over the fact that they learned to braid that they spend an entire evening weaving my hair into tiny little braids. Maybe if I had a silhouette I could find the time to make a visual reminder such as this! As for the soon to be two year old, this phrase brings on other feelings…

  • meg duerksen - auwww….make me cry!
    this is so great.
    of course.
    because you are a rockstar macgruber crafter.

  • Faith - As a mom, I think this phrase is perfect! I am trying to embrace this lately. They will not always want to snuggle with me first thing in the morning, talk over each other as soon as they get in the car to tell me about their day, or be so ecstatic over the fact they learned to braid that they spend an entire evening weaving my hair into tiny braids. Maybe if I had a silhouette I could make a visual reminder such as this! As for my soon to be 2 year old, this phrase has double meaning!

  • Faith - Sory, Ashley! Didn’t mean to post that twice but it told me the first time there was an error. I didn’t want you to think I was that greedy for that awesome machine!

  • Katherine Bach - I love this! It reminds me of my Mom because she is always saying that to me. A version of this might make a great Christmas present for her. Thanks for sharing!

  • Stacey - Another great idea… and I have to say that I had an almost skeptical feeling like Chris, but when you explain it the way you did, I like it too. It does remind me to be in the present. I need to do that way more often. πŸ™‚

  • Jenny B. - Sigh… Now I’m all choked up! It’s never just a simple DIY with you, is it? There’s always some deeper meaning that just hits me right in the heart. πŸ™‚ Thanks. I needed to read this today.

  • Kelly - Wow! Very nice.
    I love the combination of textures – paper on various wood boards. I also like your addition to the bottom – be present!

  • reyanna - You are so right… we always look at this as a negative connotation. But as soon as I saw where you put this, I thought, “Hey! She’s using this in a positive way! All these great little things in life… will pass! And we’ll miss them.” Such a nice thought… to remember the present. Thank you for the reminder! Lovely DIY project. πŸ™‚

  • jenn - I like it πŸ™‚

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - Love this! My sentiments exactly!

  • Melissa - Thank you so much for this! It is such an awesome reminder (and great craft). Perfect for a Monday post!

  • natalie - Ah. banana fingers. They too shall pass. I won’t be sad. Banana hair gel, even more exciting. I never thought about the positive aspects of that phrase- and I confess I keep looking forward to a better day rather than embracing where I am in this moment. Thanks for the challenging/encouraging post.

  • Emily - I grew up with my mother telling me this when life got difficult. When i was a child i probablyI never really understood it, and it probably frustrated me more often than not. But as I have gown and now have a little family of my own and gained some perspective, I find myself taking and giving comfort with those same four words.

  • Nicole - In the running for my favorite post ever. Great message and LOVE the outcome of your scrap crafting!!

  • Ruth Abel - I love your interpretation. I need that daily reminder to be fully present in each moment, good and bad. I think especially in the little good moments, it is easy to let them pass by unnoticed and unappreciated.

  • Sarah - I love it! And I love the saying too. And I love your insight on life! You are wonderful (I don’t even know you) and I love your blog and inspiration. I agree, perfection is overrated!

  • cailan - Oh my….you are always such good encouragement for me. I feel pulled in so many directions today… there IS so much that has to be done. But surely I can still be present as I wait for these harried days to pass. Thank you.

  • Nori R - My absolute favorite saying of all. It helps one cope with whatever is going on, and you’re right… is an excellent reminder to be present at this moment. LOVE THIS!!!

  • Allie - I love this phrase, I lived by it through deployment just to get the hard times to go by faster.. thanks for reminding me πŸ™‚

  • Megan - Thanks for your generosity in wanting to give one away! πŸ™‚

  • Lori - Ash!I am going to make this!!! I love it!!!!! I love it!!!

  • Melissa - I remember reading one of your previous posts where you were using the phrase “This too shall pass… “. It gave me new perspective on the phrase. Talking of the good and the bad the little moments that will be gone all too soon.
    Thanks for the reminder!

  • erica - LOVE LOVE LOVE the photo collage behind the craft project. is that just a poster size print? would love to know how you did that!

  • Emily - My sankalpa for the year is to Be Present. I love this as a reminder.

  • kari signe - This is like my parenting motto! I love this and totally want to make one now. It would be great if I won that silhouette to help. Can’t wait to see the rest of the craft posts.

  • amber - I love this. What an awesome reminder to see everyday…I need to go enter that giveaway. Been crazy around here, & I keep forgetting.

  • Brandy - Hey Ashley, If you click on the “Life is Beauty Full” picture on the scrapstudio website you will be directed to the original creator, RefinedDesignArt blog. Here’s a link to your inspiration

    Love your take on it!

  • Patty Schaffer - my mom says this to me alllllll the time!
    i love your project – perfect! πŸ™‚

  • D'On - Thank you for sharing. I love the different take on “this too shall pass”. Inspirational.

  • hannah gray - This is awesome! Not sure if this comment will post? Everytime I’ve tried to enter both give-away posts it tells me there was an error!

  • Carron Hefner - awesome πŸ™‚ Hey, how did you make the photo collage? in the background?

  • Courtney - LOVE IT! Already looking forward to tomorrow!

  • Megan - I love this!! I was just evaluating my life the other day and realizing how fast life was flying by! Plus, who doesn’t love some old scrappy wood.

  • alex - I think the phrase written that way is from I love just about all of their signs and yours reminded me of it and you made it do-able, thank you!! πŸ™‚

  • Angela B - Thank you for putting together craft week. I first heard “this too shall pass” at my baby shower for my 4th child, who by the way is 23! I went on to have a 5th but that is a side note πŸ™‚ I too think this is a positive statement and have thought of it many times through out the years. In fact just the other day!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - So, so, so true.

  • christina larsen - cool project

  • amac - Loved this post! Yay, for craft week! Can’t wait to see what else is in store πŸ™‚

  • Amanda - love it! love the reminder… rings very true in my head.

  • Margaret - I LOVE this! What a great reminder and a beautiful project!

  • Julia L - beautiful

  • Anna Joy - in love with this!!!

  • Alice H - I love this post. I love the banana fingers. What a great way to look at this saying. Kids grow up way too quickly. πŸ™

  • JEN C - I love this post with “this too shall pass…be present” it totally spoke to me. I just lost my mother to cancer this past week and we just had her service yesterday. It really helped me to ready that quote…I am married with two small children…and I need to remind myself that through the grief I need to be present with my family, and even though i will always miss her, the pain will pass as I continue to let her spirit live in my memories.

  • Hollie - I could do this!! great post!

  • Kelly Raudenbush - Love this. Love the craft project. Love the post. Thanks.

  • joy - love your version! i also have this phrase posted in my home and think the same thing. i made my sign during potty training as an encouragement to remember… she will not always ask for my help with things. i will not always be able to help her… but i CAN point her to the ONE who will.

  • CharlaL - Love….Love!!! Thanks for the amazing reminder! and the ADORABLE wood poster!

  • Erin @ AroundTheFarmhouseTable - Great reminder to enjoy and appreciate every moment you’ve been given!

  • ashlee - As i sit here holding my 3 day old daughter i am all too aware of the truth of this statement:) i love this project!

  • Emilie - your post today brought tears. thank you for the reminder. once again after reading your words I am off to hug my child.

  • amy - Your creativity and simple approach are inspiring and amazing. Yay for you — (being in the thick of it all) — to really show a my-ability-doesn’t-equal-my-wilingness mom, that it CAN be done; that beauty and creativity don’t have to die with mommyhood or impending old age. πŸ™‚ thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Jamie - I can’t wait to see what you’ve got going on the rest of the week! Today’s idea is very similiar to something I made recently. Actually, it came off of something I saw on your Pinterest board. I’m sure you’ll recognize it! Here’s a link to my blog with the pics:

  • sarah - I love it! I love the paper on the old wood, nice contrast.

  • Brenda Fager - I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing – it’s so powerful! As an actor, the most powerful scenes I ever do are the ones where I am ‘in the moment’ of the scene. Good reminder.

  • angie - This is great! I’ve been wanting to put up a similar sentiment (Be still, and know that I am God) and this would be perfect. For those without a silhouette and not wanting to cut by hand there is a 3rd option. We have a local elementary school that opens its teachers resource room to the public. I bring my paper and have access to hundreds of die cuts. It might be worth looking into what schools have such programs available in other areas.

  • Kristen Trueblood - I took my three year old daughter for a walk in the rain tonight because of this post. Thank you!!!

  • Amy - great idea! love the phrase and you perspective on it.

  • Jennifer - This is an awesome DIY craft and a great daily reminder!:)

  • Jen - Love. What an awesome reminder for all of us-especially the busy mommas-out there!!!!!!!

  • elizabeth - love*love*love this!

  • Robin Bloomquist - love love love this! I agree – the phrase is perfect. Thank you for always sharing your heart… it really does make a difference.

  • Mandy B - You said this to me during a particularly hard time in life a few years ago and it has forever been a phrase that I associate with you. Very appropriate that it would be posted in your home. Love it!

  • Mara - This post reminds me of the quote: Be happy for this moment, this moment is your life.

  • Rebekah Gough - Ashley this is so beautiful and so is your heart in choosing such perfect words to meditate on during a busy day with littles…lately I have been soaking in the truth that in order to experience love we must learn to be present because God is in the present and HE is love! He has given you much beauty and life full of love around your home. Thank you for sharing it all so freely and generously in this space it is a true gift and inspiration!

  • Tiah - I love the delicate girly pattern of the paper next to the hard rugged surface of the wood. It makes for a beautiful combo.

  • chasingdelight - […] One of my very favorite DYI bloggers recently made this wooden sign over on her blog. […]

  • Brandi - What I really love about your blog is not just the great photography & creative crafts, but that every time I read it I feel uplifted! What a gift. Is that a collage behind the poster? It almost looks like canvas, and totally awesome!

  • reeve - LOVE this!! Such a great idea.

  • Johna - Love the project but love the words even more. They were very inspiring to this mom of a 2 year old :)…Thank you!

  • Meggie - Umm… as usual…. AMAZING!

  • Kayola - PERFECT!!!!!! I LOVE THIS!!! I couldn’t agree more…..DON’T BLINK! Because it is over all too soon…even the hard stuff which helps us appreciate the good stuff! ? ? ? this!

  • Kristen - Love the craft, but I love what you had to say even more! You are right…life passes and being present is so important! It’s funny how when those times are gone (i.e. the cheerios and milk), you actually MISS them! Thank you!!!!

  • Grace - Wow- such a pretty finished project & that paper is lovely!
    Your perception of that phrase is how I view Ecclesiastes 7:14:
    “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other…”

  • mishalee - I love this! I’d love to share it on pinterest, but it wont let me. Very inspiring, thank you.

  • Mel the Crafty Scientist - This is so cool! I love the paper you chose and the quote… and the somewhat less expected positive interpretation of this (at first it seems like it’s going to be an inspirational, bad things won’t last-type thing, but then it’s about how the good stuff never lasts long enough)! I love it! Thank you so much for all of your wonderful ideas! : )

  • Mirys from Brazil - I LOVE this ideia!!!! Really love it!!!

    This has been my life philosophy… “this too shall pass”!
    LetΒ΄s hope and wait in God (that never fails)!

    Kisses and blessings.
    from Brazil!

  • irene - love it πŸ™‚

  • Michelle - Love this! Definitely, can relate, since Kalin is going off to college this year!

  • Kelly - This is really wonderful! We use this phrase a lot in my family, passed down through the generations but I love the “be present” tagline! Thank you! Kelly

  • Ana - Love this! And love the picture collage behind it!! How did you do that?

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  • Wendy - Just found you via Pinterest. And I have to say that what I love most about this project is the poster of pictures that you have behind the wood.

    Do you have any tips on making it? I’ll just check around your blog to see if you already have given them.

  • amy - tripped over this project on pinterest and had to check out the source. WOO-HOO! you rock and this work of ART just shines in the pinterest world. that means it’s cool and original and speaks the truth!

    i love this saying AND your sign

    well done!


  • Nicole Green - Thanks so much for this post. I wanted to let you know that I linked it from a post I wrote. I assume that is okay.

  • Cathy - I LOVE this!:). I will some day attempt to recreate in some way. I have repinned this on Pinterest.

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    but i might think to buy new one because its broken πŸ™
    thanks anyway!

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