Cross my palm with silver and I will tell your future.
Sod silver… Madame wants gold!
To be fair, woo-woo is a constant theme around these parts, so I figured why not share it with our Trick or Treaters? So Madame Skelita has swapped last year’s finery for something rather more colourful to assume her role as Gypsy fortune teller.
Every mystic needs to ply their wares and this DIY Palmistry sign is a quick and easy make to market Madame’s unique gifts. She’s set up shop in the OneandSeventy dining room and her circus sideshow attracts souls young and old to see what their future holds.
Mind you, looking at this motley crew, I reckon she’d have more luck determining their past!
Palmistry, or the art of reading palms is a form of fortune telling dating back to ancient times that is still practised all over the world today. It’s considered to be a much more personal way of predicting one’s future than the likes of Tarot or Crystal Ball as it concerns the study of a person’s hands and fingers, including their shape, colour and, of course, their lines.
How and which palm is read varies according to the practitioner and can depend on whether the questioner is male or female, or left or right handed. It is also said that the left hand shows what is possible, while the right shows what you’ve done with all that possibility.
How to make an easy Palmistry Sign
- Hanging Plaque – Check the sale aisles, I found mine in Dunelm for 49p!
- White Paint or Gesso
- Palmistry Image
- PVA glue or Mod Podge
- Tea Bag – Optional
- Stamping Inks – Optional
Obliterate any design on the original plaque with white paint. I like to use Gesso because it covers really well. You could skip this step, but you’ll run the risk of whatever’s on the original showing through your work.
While that’s drying, whip up a design for your Palmistry sign. I created mine in Photoshop, using a palm reading image I found online but you could just as easily design something on Word or in another graphics app. Have you discovered Canva? It’s a free online app that allows you to create all manner of images.
Print your design. You can use any home printer, but if you’re planning to age your sign with tea and seal it with Mod Podge, you might prefer a toner-based printout for this project. However, you don’t have to. Yes. You CAN use an inkjet printer with Mod Podge! But you might want to check out my tips for doing so before you begin.
Once printed, cut the image slightly bigger than the plaque, so you can wrap the edges around the sides.
Apply a generous layer of PVA or Mod Podge onto your plaque and sides and stick down your image, being careful to smooth out any bubbles.
Seal if required.
Want an aged sign like mine? Grab yourself a used tea bag to colour your project. If you’ve printed your sign on an inkjet, be sure to apply with a gentle “dabbing” motion to reduce the chance of runs. You don’t want all your hard work being washed away!
If you’re a serial crafter like me, stamping pads are another great ageing tool; Gold metallic works brilliantly. Gently rub the pad along the edges and using a sponge or your fingers, gently dab more colour onto your sign.
And that’s it! A simple Palmistry sign to compliment any Fortune Teller theme.
Don’t want to hang yours? Me either. I used a couple of blobs of trusty Blue Tac to attach it temporarily to a picture frame. Simple!
A hui hou,