How to Make Easy DIY Wood Signs
How to construct beautiful DIY wood signs, including the best materials to use, simple methods for getting flawless lettering and how to frame your sign, is covered in this tutorial! Many DIY wood signs have been posted on this site throughout the years, and there are many more that have not been shared on the blog yet. In fact, I used to have an etsy shop where I sold handmade wooden signs, which I closed down recently. However, despite the large number of signs I’ve created, I’ve never given a comprehensive start-to-finish guide that includes all of my favorite tips and tactics for creating great DIY wood signs.
You do not need to buy a Cricuit, Silhouette, or any other type of cutting machine in order to create professional-looking signage, in case you were wondering.
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The materials you’ll need may vary depending on the sign-painting method you pick, but the following list will get you started on the right foot.
- Using 3/4-inch birch plywood for the basis of my signs is my preferred method of construction. This can be purchased for a reasonable price at your local home improvement store. Craft stores also provide a large variety of pre-cut blank signs in a variety of shapes and sizes
- Also, A small foam paint roller or a paintbrush for painting the background of your sign–Any type of painting medium will work for this, including small craft paints, sample paints, and chalk paint
- A stencil or a printout of your sign design–These are my favorite stencils or printouts to use as a stencil. Sharpie oil-based paint pens – These are one of my favorite tools for creating beautiful signs, and they are also inexpensive. 1′′x2′′ pine planks for constructing the wooden frame
- Wood stain for finishing the frame
- Hammer and finishing nails or an abrad nailer
- Miter saw or other saw for cutting wood frame pieces to size
- Hammer and finishing nails or an abrad nailer
How to make wooden signs
Birch plywood is my preferred sign-making medium because of its affordability. It’s affordable, has a smooth surface, and can be cut to whatever size you choose, making it an excellent choice for many applications. Most home improvement stores provide birch plywood in 2’x2′ and 2’x4′ sheets, which is ideal for building furniture. The plywood may be cut to a smaller size while you are at the store, or you can do it yourself at home using a circular saw or table saw if you want to construct a more compact sign.
- I used to do this all of the time since it was less expensive and no one would be able to see how thick it was anyhow anyhow.
- The thin plywood warps readily over time, and it is also difficult to connect a frame to because of its thinness.
- If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of cutting plywood, there are a variety of pretty lovely blank signs available for purchase at local craft stores.
- For those of you who like to shop online, I’ve included some of my favorite looks below.
Paint your sign
Choosing the wood for your sign is the first step, and then comes the fun part: actually painting it. For painted signs, white is perhaps the most common color, but you may use whatever color you like. I’ve made quite a few signs with bright backgrounds that I really like and have sold them on Etsy.
If you wish, you may stain your sign instead of painting it if that is what you prefer. For painting signs, a decent paintbrush will suffice, or if you are working on a larger project, a small foam paint roller can help you get things done faster and more efficiently.
Lettering your sign
The following step is to incorporate the design into your sign. When it comes to lettering a wooden sign, there are four main approaches.
Stenciling a sign
Using a stencil to letter a beautiful sign is one of the quickest and most straightforward methods of lettering. Stencils are fantastic because they allow anybody, even those with poor handwriting, to achieve stunning results. Stencils also reduce the requirement to come up with a wonderful wording and design for your sign because they are already developed and ready to be used in the creation of your sign. home is where the heart is stencil If you decide to stencil your sign, I have an article all about how to precisely stencil wood signs as well as another one all about the many types of stencils for wood signs that you should check out.
There are some very amazing stencil patterns among this collection.
Using a printed design for a sign
My personal favorite way is to print out a design and then transfer it to your sign with a transfer paper. This approach is one of my favorites since it gives you total creative freedom – your sign can say whatever you want in whatever typeface you choose. Designing your sign on your computer with Canva, PicMonkey, or simply Microsoft Word can allow you to achieve the precise appearance you desire. Once you have your design printed, you may transfer it to your sign using a simple pencil transfer process.
It is truly incredibly simple and necessitates no prior design knowledge.
Making a sign with a vinyl cutting machine
In recent years, silhouettes and circuits have become increasingly popular for use in sign-making. Both machines are capable of cutting patterns out of sticky vinyl, which makes sign-making a breeze. It is possible to create your own sign or purchase one of the hundreds of designs available on Etsy, then cut out the design with your Silhouette or Cricuit, and then apply the vinyl letters in a manner similar to how a stencil is applied to the sign. I don’t usually use a cutting machine for sign-making, but Laura from the Turquoise Home has a fantastic vinyl sign-making tutorial that you should check out.
Hand-lettering a sign
If you have excellent handwriting, you may also create your sign by hand-lettering it. I would recommend drawing the first letters with a pencil so that you can correct any mistakes later on.
Paint your lettering
When you are transferring a design or hand-writing, Sharpie oil-based paint pens are the ideal ‘paint’ to use for painting the lettering on DIY signs since they are extremely durable. When stenciling with a paint pen, the approach is very same, but if you are constructing a vinyl sign, the procedure is a little different. It is likely that if you have used paint pens in the past, you are aware that not all paint pens are created equal. Some are a complete and utter disaster to attempt to utilize.
They aren’t flawless, but they perform so far better than any other paint pens I have tried – especially when creating white letters – that I would recommend them over any other.
In fact, I’ve tried that approach and it’s not my fave!
It’s as simple as filling in the blanks in a coloring book. Instead of painting your sign, you may simply use a paint pen to stencil your design onto it if you are stenciling it.
How to frame your sign
When I first started making wooden signs many years ago, I didn’t include a frame in the design. To be completely honest, I had no idea how to do it and thought they looked fine without a frame. And that’s exactly what they did. But I really like how a simple wood frame can make a homemade sign look like it was professionally done. And it turns out that framing a wood sign is a rather simple process. For your frame, you will need a 1′′x2′′ pine board. Cut two pieces of wood that are the same height as your wooden sign plus 1.5 inches each.
Use 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges, and then stain your sign with the stain of your choosing using a clean cloth to protect your work.
Attach the top and bottom frame pieces to the sign with wood glue, a hammer, and finishing nails (or a brad nailer, if you have one) and a brad nailer, if you have one.
Then, using a pair of finishing nails in each corner of the sign, attach the two side pieces to the sign.
Favorite DIY Wood Signs
Now that you have learned everything there is to know about creating wonderful wood signs, I thought it would be beneficial to share some sign ideas with you. These are my favorite DIY wood signs out of the many that I’ve built over the years. The majority of these signs have a tutorial linked to them below the photo, however there are a handful that don’t have whole guides to them. Most of the tutorials also include a link to the stencil I used, as well as a printable version of the design that you can use to create your own sign at home using the instructions.
|Sunshine Sign Tutorial||Thankful Sign Tutorial||Tutorial inmy book|
|Wise Sayings Sign Tutorial||Fresh Air Sign Tutorial|
|Home Sign Tutorial||Family Rules Sign Tutorial||I’ll Fly Away Sign Tutorial|
|Thankful Sign Tutorial||Joy Sign Details|
You should now be fully equipped to begin creating your own wooden signs, I hope! And if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask them – I am always delighted to assist! I’d appreciate it if you could share this post on Pinterest.
- The following materials are required: plywood or other wood for the sign, painting supplies (include a small foam paint roller), stencil, Sharpie oil-based paint pens, 1′′x2′′ pine board, wood stain, sandpaper, and a stencil.
- Your plywood foundation should be painted in the color of your choice. Allow it to dry
- You can either transfer the design of your sign to the sign base with a pencil transfer or stencil it on. Make the frame by cutting two pieces of 1″x2″ that are the same height as your sign plus 1.5″ and joining them together. Make two more pieces that are the same width as your sign
- Using 220 grit sandpaper, smooth any rough edges that may have formed. To stain your sign, use a clean cloth to apply the stain of your choice to it. Allow to dry
- Prepare your sign pieces by laying them out on a flat surface. Wood glue, a hammer, and finishing nails are used to join the top and bottom portions of the sign together. Repeat the process with the other two side pieces. On hang the picture, use asawtooth picture hanger to the back.
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50 DIY Signs To Make for Your Home
If you like the aesthetic of rustic signage but aren’t quite ready to decorate with the mass-produced quazi rustic-looking products from your local craft store, Target, or Walmart, consider making your own. Wall signs look their best when they are handmade and created by the owner, so we went out and collected 50 of the greatest around to get you started on your wall decorating project.
We have the best DIY sign decor for you to choose from, ranging from welcome signs and cool homemade signs for your front porch to some awesome inspiring words for your bedroom and everything in between. Explore these fascinating craft ideas and try your hand at one or many of them this weekend.
DIY Signs For Home Decor
Craftsbycourtney This sign, which also serves as a planter box, will greet all of your guests as they arrive at your property. The combination of a sweet, scripty welcome letter complemented by beautiful plants or flowers is unbeatable in terms of greeting. With this step-by-step tutorial, you will be able to create your own.
2. DIY Farmhouse Laundry Sign
Cedarlanefarmhouse The laundry area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This sign is one of my favorites since it perfectly summarizes my life with three children and makes me smile as I fold up all of their clothes. This one is super cute with the farmhouse look, so keep it in mind when you’re updating your wall art in your laundry room.
3. Golden Acorns Gather Sign
Averageinspired Isn’t this rustic DIY sign simply stunning? Gather your friends and family on your patio or porch to admire this simple DIY sign that you made yourself.
4. DIY Embroidered Pallet Wood Sign
Mysocalledcraftylife Embroidery on a piece of wood? Yes, without a doubt. When you drill holes in the wall and sew away, you get the cutest effect I’ve seen in a long time. It’s the most inventive wall art concept I’ve seen in a long time.
5. Howdy Porch Sign
Southernlysplendid Howdy, howdy, howdy. This DIY sign welcomes guests in a unique way, and the addition of cotton adds an extra touch of Southern charm. Reclaimed wood can be transformed into wall art for next to nothing, and it will certainly make an impression.
6. DIY 3D Sign
Tatertotsandjello Using a simple pine board and a little imagination, you can create a bright and cheerful sign that would complement a bright and cheerful home. Even more entertaining is the fact that the letters have a 3-dimensional appearance, which gives it a very contemporary appearance.
7. DIY Hello Sunshine Sign
Lifeasathrifter After reading a blog post last week, I was inspired to create something of my own. You may absolutely freehand the picture that you want and paint it over the pallet boards if you have some spare colors and pallet boards. Just be sure to sand it down first to achieve that shiny appearance. This would look fantastic on my porch, no doubt about it!
8. Custom Vintage Farmhouse Style Sign
Littlefarmstead This old farmhouse style sign is an excellent choice if you enjoy the vintage appearance and feel and are seeking for that perfect rustic charm in your doorway. You can make it even more personalized by including the date on which you first moved into the house. Especially appealing to me are the small details on this sign, such as the clever way it has been distressed.
9. Vintage Style Telephone Sign DIY
Scavengerchic Do you get a nostalgic feeling? In addition to providing strong “throwback feelings,” this transferred image of the Bell System public telephone will also look fantastic as wall art in your home or office.
10. DIY Ampersand Sign
Craftsmandrive Definitely a fan of this Craftsman Drive project, as you can tell by the photos. This ampersand sign, which is a basic variation on wood wall art, can add a fantastic rustic and industrial feel to any room. I’m definitely going to put it on my DIY To Do list.
11. Rustic Painted Arrows
12. DIY Painted Canvas Farmhouse Sign
13. DIY Weathered Rope Sign
14. DIY EAT Sign
15. DIY Sign with GPS Coordinates
16. DIY Pallet Anchor Sign
17. Home is Where the Heart is Sign
19. Mason Jar Pallet Sign
20. DIY Large Wooden Sign
21. Its Good to be Home Sign
22. DIY Vintage Market Sign
23. Handmade Fried Green Tomatoes Kitchen Sign
24. DIY Beach Sign
25. Hanging Planter Welcome Sign
26. Fab 5 Sign DIY
27. DIY Handprint Wall Sign
28. Simple and Easy DIY Bakery Sign
29. Where the Wild Thing Are Pallet Sign
30. New Farmhouse Style Wood Signs
31. Simple DIY Bar Sign
32. DIY Front Porch Welcome Sign
33. Monogram Pallet Family Name Sign
34. Pineapple Wooden Upcycled Pallet Sign
35. Customized Mileage Sign Wall Decor
36. DIY Gather Sign
37. DIY Sibling Sign
38. DIY Neon Sign
39. Easy DIY Rustic USA Wood Sign
40. DIY House Number Sign
41. DIY Chalkboard Sign
42. DIY Rustic Sign – Made from Fence Post and Rope
43. Today, I’m Thankful for Sign
44. DIY Welcome Sign
45. Don’t Worry Be Happy Signs
46. Home Sweet Home Sign
47. Make a Gilmore Girls Coffee Sign
48. Hand Lettered DIY Wood Sign
49. DIY Irish Blessing Sign
50. DIY Wooden Sign Without a Stencil Cutting Machine
51. Keep Life Simple DIY Sign
How to Make a Large Wooden Sign
. in order to turn your house into your ideal home! It’s especially not happening when I can create one myself for less than the cost of plywood, a couple of 12×12 boards, paint, and a vinyl stencil with a little effort. I’ll admit that I made use of my Silhouette Cameo for this particular project. Even though it’s not inexpensive, it’s well worth the price if you plan on making more than one DIY wood sign with it. Visit this page to see more of my Silhouette creations. In the end, the cost of theCameoas well as the rest of the supplies is comparable to the cost of one sign.
NOTE: You’ll want to have these items on hand before you begin creating your own DIY signage.
The adorable fall phrases, such as “hey fall” or “it’s autumn y’all,” were out of the question for me.
So, before I did anything else, I picked this biblical text and made it on Picmonkey (a pretty simple internet design program).
Supplies for How to Make a Large Wooden Sign with a Saying
- A large sheet of 1/2-inch plywood that can be cut to the exact size you want
- 2 paint colors (one for the background color and another for the lettering)
- Paint brush
- Silhouette Cameo (if you don’t already have one, I’ve given additional possibilities below if you don’t already have one). However, I strongly advise you to purchase one!) The following materials are required: Contact Paper or Adhesive Vinyl (I have found that Duck brand contact paper works best)
- Silhouette brand transfer paper
- Mod Podge. Instead of using a brad nailer, hot glue can do if you do not have one on hand. 1 x 2 board cut to the length you’ll need to frame your plywood
- 1 x 2 board cut to the length you’ll need to frame your plywood
Steps for Making DIY Wood Sign s
3 hours of your time are required.
Step 1. Get your plywood.
I had a 2 x 4 piece of plywood left over from another project that I decided to use. It was also the ideal size for my sign! For those who don’t have an extra piece lying around, simply head down to your local hardware store and pick one up there! A 1/2-inch-thick piece is required, since mine was only 1/4-inch thick, which I would not recommend because it was difficult to fasten the frame into the board using nails. Circular saw or jig saw the huge board to the size you want with a circular saw or jig saw Alternatively, you may ask your local home improvement store to cut it for you!
Step 2. Paint your sign.
If you’re making yours with a stencil, as I did, you’ll want to paint the board the color you want your letters to be. If you’re going to paint the letters onto the board, you’ll want to paint the board in the same color as the letters to serve as a backdrop. My letters were painted in the color Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore, which I selected for them.
Step 3. Create Your Design
PicMonkey was used to make my design after I measured the board and entered the measurements in PicMonkey. Because my board was 2 feet by 4 feet, my graphic had a resolution of 1000 pixels by 2000 pixels (1000 by 2000 pixels).
In order to write everything out exactly how I wanted it, I used a beautiful script font (Midnight font). I saved it as a jpg image file type. My design was made available as a free printable HERE!
Step 4. Import the Design into the Silhouette StudioCreate a Cut File
Opening the Silhouette Studio software on my computer and importing my jpg design into the software was straightforward. This video assisted me in converting my design into a cut file. It’s much easier to sit back and watch than it is to try to explain anything. Once you’ve created your cut file, you’ll need to arrange it in the manner in which you want it to be cut. With the exception of the final line and the biblical reference, I ungrouped my design and cut out each line one at a time. I was able to fit them all on a single line.
- I was aware that my board was 4 feet in length, so I needed to make sure that my stencil was long enough to cover the entire board.
- As far as the Silhouette is concerned, I’m not going to go very technical because, to be honest, mine is an extremely ancient model.
- There are a plethora of video lessons available online.
- If you prefer, you can use a projector, such as this one, to project the image onto your board and trace around it before painting it.
- There are obviously alternatives to using a cutting machine to create wooden signs.
Step 5. Cut your Stencil.
In order to construct my stencil, I used Duck brand contact paper, but you can use any sort of vinyl that has an adhesive backing to get the same result. When I cut the vinyl, I utilized the Silhouette brand’s cut settings, which worked well. However, always perform a test cut to ensure accuracy. Again, if this is your first time using yourSilhouette machine, simply search for any instruction you choose and it will be available to you!
Step 6. Weed Your Stencil
This simply entails removing the areas of the contact paper that you are not going to be using from the contact sheet. In this case, you’ll want to maintain the letters on the paper in tact while removing the outer sheet of paper.
Step 7. Place transfer tape over your letters, then place on the board where you want them.
Remove the non-sticky backing from the transfer tape and set it aside. Place the adhesive side of your letters down on your letters and rub them with a credit card or other hard object to ensure that it adheres well. Remove the letters off the contact paper sheet and place the sheet on the board in the location where you want the letters to be shown. This is always a little time-consuming because you want to make sure everything is perfect before you publish it.
Because the contact paper wasn’t particularly sticky, and some of the transfer paper I had on hand was particularly sticky, I was having difficulty getting it to adhere to the board. Because it worked the best, I decided to stick with mySilhouette brand transfer paper for the rest of the project.
Step 8. Paint over the words with Mod Podge
Mod Podge in a transparent, matte finish is painted over each letter. By doing so, I am able to seal the edges of the contact paper and prevent paint from bleeding beneath the letters as I paint over them.
Step 9. Paint over the letters with a different color paint.
Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Bauhaus Buff is a chalky kind paint that I used for this project. I only used one light application of paint. Removing the adhesive letters once the paint has dry will expose the color of the paint below! This is the part that I like the most.
Step 10. Build the Frame
In order to construct the frame, I used 12s. I cut the two sides, followed by the top and bottom pieces, to fit the opening. You may also use lattice to create a frame with a reduced profile. Don’t attach it until you’re ready! First and foremost, you’ll want to stain it.
Step 11. Stain or paint the frame.
Early American by Minwax stain was the stain of choice for me. Allow it to dry completely before attempting to attach it to your beautiful sign. (Ask me how I know this. )
Step 12. Using a brad nailer and wood glue, attached the frame to the board.
It’s also possible to use hot glue to attach the frame to the wall if you don’t have a brad nailer on hand. However, I believe it would work, but you wouldn’t be able to hold the sign by the frame. Because you’re finished and your sign is simply lovely, perform a happy dance to celebrate! This sign is fantastic! What are your thoughts? Would you be interested in creating a sign like this for your home or business? Would you like to include it on your fall mantel this year? This is a picture of my fall mantel from a few years ago.
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Cheap and Easy DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs – A Step-by-Step DIY Tutorial!
If you want to learn how to make wood signs, you have come to the right place! With this simple process, you can create your own DIY wood signs, even if you don’t have access to a vinyl cutting machine or if your handwriting is a disaster. Please believe me when I say that my lettering looks like chicken scratch! My excitement is building as I prepare to share this Uh-Maz-Ing DIY project with you today! This is my greatest favorite thing that I have ever created (I’m slapping myself on the back!
DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs have captured my heart even more than myDIY Large Canvas Wall Art and myDIY Faux Subway Tile Fireplace, which is saying a lot considering how much I adore those projects as well.
And the greatest part about this project was that it was really simple and inexpensive!
Continue reading for a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own simple DIY Farmhouse Signs.
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How to Make Signs:
To perform this project, you will just require a few low-cost components, including:
Black sharpie(or colored sharpie of your choice)
Essentially, this is the sort of board that we used, which we split in half to create two boards that were 2′ x 4′ in size each. We had Home Depot cut the board for us, which was quite convenient. We have discovered that this is the finest inexpensive wood to use for DIY wood signs since it has a smooth surface and is light enough to be put on the wall without requiring any additional tools.
Trim– Cut to the size that you need
We utilized the cheapest 1′′ x 2′′ trim boards that we could locate to build this project. The boards that we utilized were 8 feet long and only cost $1.21 per board, making them an excellent value. We purchased three boards to use as farmhouse signs. Many people have inquired about the specific boards that we used for the trim, so I’ve included the Home Depot shelf tag for your convenience:
Stain of your color choice
We already have this (affiliate) as a remnant from previous projects.
Paint of your color choice
The following stain (affiliate link) was used in conjunction with Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint in Frost to get this effect. To begin, apply the stain to the underlayment board with a paint brush, applying the stain with the lightest pressure possible and allowing the natural brush strokes to show through. Because you will be painting over it, you do not want to totally cover the board with primer. Instead, use a tiny quantity and spread it evenly. Allow the stain to dry completely before applying a light coat of Behr Frost paint over the stain to finish it off.
This gives the new underlayment board a rustic and aged appearance, which is ideal for farmhouse signs and other similar projects.
Step 3:Stain your trim
Apply the stain to the trim pieces with a sponge or a paintbrush, as desired. My husband softly brushed some of this gold acrylic paint (affiliate link) on top of the dry stain to give it a bit more depth and character.
Step 4:Build your base
A nail gun and 1′′ nails were utilized by my husband in order to attach trim to the underlayment. Don’t be concerned if you don’t have access to a nail gun. For these DIY farmhouse wood signs, a good ol’ fashioned hammer and nails should be adequate tools of the trade. After you have attached the trim, you will need to stain the rear edges of the underlayment so that they will not be visible when you hang your final DIY wood signs after they have dried. To accomplish this, we simply used a small paintbrush dipped in stain, as shown below: Adding a little more stain to the seams where your trim meets in the corners will also be necessary.
That was not something we did.
Isn’t it just stunning?!
Step 5:Decide on a quote and a font for your DIY Signs
The great thing about this technique for quick DIY farmhouse wood signage is that the options are virtually limitless. You are free to choose any color, font, quotation, or verse that you wish. In Hobby Lobby this week, we came across a pair of farmhouse signs with the bible passage Ruth 1:16 on them that we immediately fell in love with. Until we took a look at the price. $89.99! I glanced at my husband and remarked, “I think we can manufacture those wooden signs ourselves for a lot less money than they’re charging.” It seems like every time I say that to him, he takes it as a challenge because, in a matter of days, he’s hauling lumber from Home Depot to our house.
For some inspiration, browse the aisles of Hobby Lobby or look for quotations on Pinterest that speak to your heart and soul.
Step 6:Print out your quote in the font of your choice
It is just necessary to have a printer to do the inscription on the wood. Yes, a regular old printer and regular old paper will suffice – no need for an expensive Cricut or vinyl! Additionally, you can print it in black and white even if you want your finished DIY wooden signs to be a rainbow of colors. You can find the PDF version of the verse we used in our farmhouse wood signs in my FREEBIES library, which you can use to make your own easy DIY farmhouse wood signs. Simply fill out the form below to sign up for my free email newsletter, and you’ll receive the password as a Thank You Gift for doing so!
Step 7:Flip the paper over and scribble over where the letters are
Make sure to complete this step in a well-lit area because you want to ensure that you completely cover any areas of the paper where the letters are on the other side. If you’re stenciling on a light-colored backdrop, a pencil will work best, and chalk will work best if you’re stenciling on a dark color, such as stained wood. I understand that this may appear to be a bit perplexing. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about: The word “Where” that I printed out in Step 6 is printed on the opposite side of this piece of paper.
- Do your children wish to lend a hand?
- This phase was completed with the help of my daughters (ages 8 and 6).
- ** If you are going to be making a lot of signs, the carbon paper method is highly recommended!
- When I made thisDIY Sign on Canvas, I used the carbon paper technique.
Step 8:Place the papers pencil side down on your wood sign where you want them
Before moving on to the next step, double-check that your quote is completely accurate. In the event that you’re even slightly off, your entire sign will appear crooked. It was even necessary for me to use a tape measure to make certain that my documents were in the proper location.
Step 9:Using a ball point pen, trace the outline of the letters you printed
Before moving on to the following stage, double-check that your quote is accurate and complete. Any deviation from the center will cause your entire sign to seem off-center. For the first time, I used a tape measure to ensure that my documents were positioned precisely where they needed to be.
Step 10:Remove the papers from your DIY sign
Voila! Isn’t it interesting how magic works? Your pencil marks should have resulted in lettering on wood. Congratulations! The pressure from the ball tip pen on the front causes the pencil marks from the rear to transfer to the front of the sign. What a fantastic idea!
Step 11:Using a sharpie of your choice, color in the outlined pencil marks
Isn’t it interesting how magic works? Using your pencil marks, you should now have lettering on wood! The pressure from the ball tip pen on the front causes the pencil marks from the back to transfer to the front of the sign! What a great idea!
Step 12:Hang up your awesome and easy DIY farmhouse wood signs!
Isn’t the end product just stunning?! In fact, this photograph does not do it justice. In our living room, we had a HUGE blank wall with 14-foot ceilings, and we needed something that wouldn’t seem too little to put on it. We also didn’t want to spend a bunch on huge wooden signage, so we didn’t buy any. I couldn’t be happier with these simple DIY farmhouse wood signage that I made myself! UPDATED VERSION – Here’s how the DIY wood signs look now, 14 months after they were created: They still have a beautiful appearance and are holding up nicely, despite the fact that they have not been sealed.
- Using a downloadable DIY Sign Template and the carbon paper process, you can create this DIY Sign on Canvas: And this simple DIY scroll sign contains a total of ten signs in one.
- The DIY sign designs used in all of these signs are simple to print out on your home printer and can be used to create LARGE signs.
- It’s now your chance to speak!
- However, be warned: after you’ve made one, you’ll want to make a whole bunch more!
- Take a look at some of my other do-it-yourself projects:
- DIY Scroll Sign
- DIY: Transform a bare wall into a mudroom
- DIY: Make a DIY Scroll Sign
- Farmhouse Decor at a Low Cost! The Most Important Farmhouse Elements for Less Than $20
- The Best Way to Paint Faux Subway Tile – A Do It Yourself Fireplace Makeover
- Make Your Own No-Sew Curtains in Less Than an Hour.
Cheater Method: How to Make a DIY Sign
It’s past time to own up to our mistakes. I’m having a little difficulty with something. It wouldn’t take long for you to know that I am progressively becoming a textual “art” junkie if you just walked into my house and looked around. Let’s assume it took you 20 seconds to realize it. It appears that I am not alone in this. You will be able to locate them in any store that sells home furnishings and décor. In every size, shape, and design imaginable. I’m sorry, but I can’t help myself. I’m head over heels in love.
Combine them with a statement, a Bible scripture, or a music lyric that I find inspiring?
In this particular instance, this wall contains THREE literary art/signs.
However, just because I like something does not imply that it is within my financial means to get it.
My initial reaction when I first tried this a number of years ago was, “This LOOKS simple and LOOKS like it should work, but I’m not going to make a commitment that it will work until I actually SEE IT work.” (Does anybody else work in this manner, taking precautions to avoid being disappointed?) In fact, I was so convinced that it would not work that I made my first sign out of an empty pizza box.
- (Really! (I’m not making this up!) I reasoned that if it didn’t work, I would have wasted only my time and not any money on it.
- To see the fall sign I made out of a pizza box, click here.
- Do you want to learn how to produce the signs for your own use?
- (Really, it’s ridiculously simple!) Once you master the concept, you may apply it to a variety of other situations!) Despite the fact that I will tell you, once you have started, it is quite difficult to stop!
- (Note: This method can be found on many websites, so I am not inventing anything new here (and, unfortunately, I can’t remember where I first saw this technique, so I cannot give credit to the blogger who shared it with me.
sigh…. It’s not a joke: when I hit thirty, my brain turned to mush. Or was it the fact that you had children that prompted it? It’s one of life’s mysteries, to be sure.)
Here’s what you need:
- Wood, canvas in the backdrop color of your choice (painted pizza box.ahem)
- Sharpened pencil (I recommend Ticonderoga as a starting point). They are the Ferraris of the world of sharpened pencils, and they are quite expensive. Ha! But, believe me, you will be won over! ). copies of documents
- Access to a computer with internet connection or word editing software a printer (This is a laptop that is identical to mine, only mine is “plum,” but this one has a touch screen? I swear to you, there are days when I believe we are living in a “Jetsons” episode!) In addition to the above items, tape and a paint pen are also recommended (or Sharpie marker depending on the surface you are working on) With both paint pens and brushes, I’ve created signs for various occasions. The pumpkin sign was created using paint pens. Paint pens make this really simple
Process: Pencil Lead Transfer Method
- In your word processing program, type the phrases you wish to appear on your sign and then print them out in the size you want
- Use a pencil to color over the whole BACKSIDE of the area where the text is located. (The pencil lead must be thick enough so that it may be transferred to your sign.)
- Switch over to the right side of your paper and tape down the location where you want the word to appear on the sign
- Then use a pen to trace around the shape of your text. (Carefully raise an edge to ensure that the lead is properly transferred to the sign.) If this is the case, try a different pen type or make sure the pencil lead completely covers the space on the paper
- You may need more.)
- Remove the paper once you have completed all of the text outline in the font of your choice (you may save this to use again if you are making several copies of the text outline). Color in the outline with your paint pen in the color of your choosing (or a Sharpie, depending on the surface you are dealing with) once it has been pencil transferred to the paper. Take a step back and take in your new sign! I’ve been able to utilize 3M Command Strips (which I just adore!) for the wall signage that I’ve created. My “blessed” sign, which is part of a gallery wall in my living room, is seen here. (The bear print was created by my brother-in-law, who is a fantastic artist.) You may see more of his artwork by visiting his website. Amber at Wrapped in Raffia created a printable version of the Romans 12:13 pineapple for you to use. You may get one by clicking here.)
It’s Easy, I Promise!
Despite the fact that there are seven steps indicated above, it literally took me 15 minutes to produce BOTH signs. I made this small wooden “blessed” sign for a dollar out of scrap wood. That’s what I call a WIN! Update: Are you interested in creating a huge sign on canvas? Check out my most recent sign-making post by clicking here. I’m curious as to what you’re going to put on your sign. Let me know what you’re planning in the comments section!
How to Make a DIY Rustic Wood Sign
My walls are covered with phrases that I find motivating, Bible passages, and quotes, and if you went into my house right now, you would find them there. Farmhouse-style decor is one of my favorite styles, so I discovered a way to create simple, rustic wood signs without breaking the bank! I found a few pictures of signs on Pinterest that I liked and wanted to recreate them. Whenever I clicked through these photographs, I was taken to Etsy businesses where these signs could be purchased for anything from $75 to $150.
- As a result, I embarked on a quest to figure out how to do it on my own time.
- After all, I don’t have a silhouette machine, and I certainly didn’t want to spend the several hundred dollars it would take to purchase one.
- When I was doing some research, I came across the ball-point pen approach from That’s My Letter.
- You can make your own rustic wood signs using the tutorial provided below if you want to give your home a little character and charm.
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- Backer board
- Screws (make sure they go through both boards but do not go all the way through). We used 1 1/4-inch screws for this project.) Drill, orbital sander, or 180 grit sandpaper, scrap t-shirt fabric, wood stain, disposable gloves, printer, printer paper, ballpoint pen, acrylic paint, fine tip paintbrush, D ring hooks, and other supplies It’s time to binge watch some Netflix shows for a couple of hours!
1 Prep the boards.
First, make sure that all of your boards are the same length. If you are using many boards and want a more rustic look, you might also cut them to varying lengths to achieve this. On the reverse of the sign, measure and mark the length of the 13 boards to be used. Check to be that they are all the same length so that they will be simpler to hang on the hangers when you get them finished.
2 Create the Sign.
Measuring the area where you want to put your 13 boards on the backside of the sign is important. Once you’ve completed, make sure the middle of the boards are 16 inches apart so that you can hang your sign in wall studs when it’s finished. Depending on how large you create them, these signs may be rather hefty! To attach the 13 boards to the sign, use 1 1/4′′ screws to hold them in place. In each board, we used around 3-4 screws. If it’s still a touch wiggly, add another screw to secure it. (I am well-versed in the technical jargon used here!)
Create a smooth surface on the front and all four sides of the cabinet with an orbital sander or 180 grit sand paper.
The degree to which you want it smooth is entirely up to you. If you want something that looks very rustic, you should actually beat it up before you sand it in order to give it some dings and dents.
To stain my sign, I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain. Because it will be visible from the sides, you will want to stain a portion of the sign’s back as well as the front. I make an effort to go down into the small crease between the boards as well as around all of the edges as thoroughly as possible. If you’re in doubt, add a bit extra stain to the mix. There is nothing more frustrating than finishing your sign and hanging it on the wall only to discover that you can see sections of the unstained back!
This is something I’ve learned the hard way!
Work along the grain of the wood and avoid allowing the stain to stay in one location for an extended period of time.
The staining process should be completed within 24 hours, and you should allow at least 24 hours for the staining to dry fully before continuing.
5 Print and lay out the words on your sign.
Locate a font that you like and save it to your computer for use. I utilize a blend of script and block for the majority of my signage. PLAYFAIR DISPLAYSC and PLAYLIST were the words I used on this sign. Prepare your sign by printing out the wording you wish to use on it and arranging them. Make sure they are large enough to completely fill the sign, but not excessively so. It may take some trial and error to get it right. I strongly advise you to print out your letters in a light gray or any extremely soft hue rather than black.
6 Secure paper to sign.
Make use of a level or a ruler to ensure that your sentences are straight. Then, using painter’s tape, glue the edges of the paper to the sign so that they don’t shift when you transfer the image to it.
7 Transfer words to the sign.
Trace around each letter with a ballpoint pen, making sure to be firm. Make a tiny dent or groove in the wood with your fingernail. As a result, you may want to turn on some Netflix to pass the time while you wait! It is possible to see how the word form was transferred to the wood if you look very attentively.
8 Fill in the grooves with paint.
Take your acrylic paint and a fine-tipped paintbrush and go to work on your masterpiece. Brush the paint into the letters with the help of the grooves. In order to get a clean crisp line, it is important that the paint seeps into the grooves of the letters. This is a bit time-consuming, but I assure you that it does not need a great deal of talent. All you need is a steady hand and a few hours of your time! Yes, I’m a lefty, which means I have to work backwards in order to avoid getting paint all over my hand!
Ordinarily, the first coat takes almost twice as long as the second.
9 Add the brackets.
Your brackets will be mounted to the backs of the 13-inch board pieces. Make careful you measure down the same distance from the top of each board so that the brackets are level. Then space them 16 inches apart so that they are stud-width apart. This should result in a t. In order to ensure that your bracket is secure, screw it in exactly where the two lines connect on each board. When marking these points, make sure to use a fine tip sharp pencil with a fine point.
Double-check your measurements (or four or five times, in our case!) and only screw once. Drill the brackets into place with a screwdriver. Then, using a level, check to see that they are both level, and your sign will hang straight on your wall.
10 Hang Your Sign!
Hang your sign on the wall after you’ve marked its location with stud finders and leveled two screws into the studs with a level. You’ve completed your task! They are not difficult to make, but they do take some time and they will bring a lot of rustic beauty to your house. I appreciate how personalized they are and how they can be tailored to each individual family! I hope you found this tutorial to be useful! In the event that you decide to make a sign, I would love to see a photo of it! You can email photographs to [email protected] if you like.
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Simple instructions are provided for making these DIY wood farmhouse signage. Produce a farmhouse sign for each season (you can even make them double sides!) or create a sign as a gift for someone you care about! This tutorial will teach you how to construct a wood sign, whether you want a huge sign to put on the wall or a little sign to design a bedroom dresser. You can get FREE Farmhouse sign patterns and downloads for your wooden sign here! Several of these signs are among my favorite pieces of rustic décor in my home.
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- The basic wood frame on these signage is one of my favorite aspects about them.
- It’s a basic and straightforward recipe to prepare.
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Tips for Making a Wood Sign
If you don’t have a saw at home, you may ask the personnel at Home Depot to cut the wood to the appropriate length for you. Keep in mind that they are subject to a number of restrictions. They are unable to rip boards that are deemed to be too tiny for safety concerns. Consequently, inquire with an employee to check whether they are permitted to cut a certain board for you. Aside from that, they are not usually the most precise cutters. Just keep it in mind if you want to make certain that everything is as correct as possible.
Plywood VS MDF
You may use any sort of wood for this project, however plywood or MDF are the two I prefer to use the most. I don’t want to utilize a beautiful piece of wood because it will be painted shortly after. In addition, high-quality wood is more costly. Plywood is available in a number of different sizes and thicknesses. However, it is also difficult. Throughout the wood, there are several divets and character. As a result, if you want a sign that is really smooth, this MDF is the way to go. It’s a little less expensive, and it’s available in a number of sizes and thicknesses.
Project panels are also available in 24′′ by 24′′ sizes. (You should take measurements of the pre-cut panel that you choose because the size may vary somewhat.) Most of the time, I go for plywood in order to keep everything entirely wood.
Other Wood Options
Consider using edge-glued panel boards for a different size, or you may use cheap1′′ whitewood common board of your choice for smaller signs (I think they are available in 2′′ increments from 2′′ to 12′′, which is really around 1.5′′ to 11.225′′ wide) for a more professional look and feel.
Consider using edge-glued panel boards for a different size, or you may use cheap1′′ whitewood common board of your choice for smaller signs (I think they are available in 2′′ increments from 2′′ to 12′′, which is really around 1.5′′ to 11.225′′ wide) for a more professional look and finish.
Chalk Paint vs Latex Paint
Chalk paint is used for the last coat of background paint on the canvas. Painting the artwork or phrases onto the sign on a chalky or porous surface is the most effective approach for this procedure. To be quite honest, you could use latex paint instead, but you’ll have to spend a bit more time painting the design onto the nonporous surface. In order to get complete coverage, at least three coats are required.
The Farmhouse Wood Frame
I always use 1′′ x 2′′ x 8′ furring strips for the wood frame since they are inexpensive. Their edges are a little bit rounded, and they have a lot of personality to match! Furthermore, picking up some is normally a time-consuming endeavor due to the fact that the pile is sometimes deformed or twisted. Take some time to rummage through the pile (or ask any employee to cut the band on a new piece) in search of several straight furring strips to use as furring strips. When you do this, your sign will appear far better!
Wood Frame Measurements
Depending on the type of wood you select and the size of your sign, the precise measurements will vary.However, the following steps will assist you in determining the dimensions of your sign.You will require four parts in total.
- There should be two pieces that are the precise height of your sign
- The other two pieces should be twice the length of your sign plus twice the thickness of the frame wood.
Example of the dimensions for a 24′′ x 48′′ sign (the size of the plywood). If you look at the picture above, it should give you an idea of why you need two pieces that are exactly as long as the sign (dark stained wood), and two pieces that are twice as wide as the sign plus twice as wide as the frame parts (the light wood). These furring strips that I prefer to use are approximately.656′′ thick, which is little more than 5/8′′ thick (measure yours for the best results). If your sign is 24 inches tall, you will need to cut two furring strips that are 24 inches long.
(48′′ plus 5/8′′ plus 5/8′′)
A Hack for Staining the Frame
The process of staining the frame is rather straightforward. However, here’s a tiny trick to make it even more efficient!
Make careful to sand the edges of the wood before applying the stain.) They develop splinters where they were sliced, and you want to get rid of them before they become a sliver lodged in your fingertip. Simply sand them away with 220 grit sandpaper to get rid of them.)
The Hack! DIY Wood Stain
Instead of using a standard, nasty oil-based wood stain, pick up a small jar of brown latex paint to experiment with. (I prefer to use a dark brown stain with a hint of grey in it to give the appearance of worn wood.)
- Pour a small amount of the brown paint into a disposable plastic cup
- Once it has been thinned out with water, Stir until the ingredients are completely incorporated.
If you want the consistency of a wood stain, you should use less water and more paint. I never measure the water to paint ratio. Just make it thin, like stain, and use it as a stain instead.
- Apply the paint with a brush
- Immediately wipe it away with a lint-free cloth.
It has the appearance of a stain, yet it does not smell and dries quite quickly! If you happen to have wood stain on hand, by all means, go ahead and use it. I really like how quick and easy it is to use latex paint as a stain, and how non-odorous and non-flammable it is. The color of my latex paint stain would be specific to me, but my can is completely coated in paint, so I have no idea what color I am using. My paint was also a blend of brown and grey colors, which added to the overall drabness.
Rare Wood (Marquee) and Bark are the materials in question (PPG).
I only use this on tiny pieces of décor, such as picture frames.
How to Attach the Frame to the Plywood
Nailing the frame to the plywood sign is the most secure method of putting the two pieces together. I have an inexpensive brad nailer that works well with 1 1/4′′ brad nails and a tiny air compressor that gets the job done quickly and efficiently! I prefer to keep it near to the edge of my workbench or table while I’m not using it. In order to ensure that everything goes together correctly, align the frame around the plywood.
- Nail the frame to the plywood from the exterior of the frame
- This is the final step.
Make sure that the nail does not go through the front of the sign, and that it does not go through and onto the rear of the sign while you are working. I prefer to place the sign near to the edge of the plywood so that I can have a direct shot through it. This is why I use 1/2-inch plywood or MDF instead of a thinner piece of wood for my projects instead. I have enough area to get a straight shot into the plywood with 1/2 inch of clearance. If you’re building a huge sign, anything thicker than 1/2 inch will be too heavy to handle.
If you don’t have a nail gun
The old-fashioned way of using a nail and a hammer is effective! Simply take a few nails and hammer them into place! Alternatively, you might glue the frame to the plywood. When the glue is dried, use clamps or a ratcheting tie-down strap that is wrapped completely around the frame to keep the frame in place. Note: If the sign is bonded to the frame, make sure not to pull or hang the sign from the frame.
How to Paint a Farmhouse Sign
If you have poor handwriting, you can still hand-paint this farmhouse sign without the aid of a stencil (click here to learn how). Preparation time: 20 minutesActive time: 1 hourTotal time: 1 hour20 minutesPreparation time: 20 minutes
- Cut the plywood or MDF to the required length and width
- And Cut the wood frame to the appropriate size. For measurements, please refer to the comments above. Splinters should be removed from the margins of the wood. At least three coats of paint should be applied to the plywood or MDF before it is finished. Paint the wood frame with a stain
- Plywood or MDF that has been painted with the appropriate design should be painted
- Nail the frame to the plywood using a finishing nail. Tips can be found in the notes above.
You can find the exact measurements and recommendations for building a farmhouse sign above this step by step instruction guide.
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