I’ve been making wooden door signs for a couple of years now, and have branched out into making wooden signs that can be placed on the shelf or hung on the wall. Here’s the scoop on how to make your own DIY wooden sign similar to this:
First, you’ll want to get a piece of wood and have it cut to the right size (this sign is 6″ by 24″). Your local hardware store sells 1″ x 6″ boards, so the easiest thing to do is just buy one of those and cut it the length you need. Next, stain all sides of the board the color you want it. For this sign, I used Mixwax Jacobean stain.
I put my stain on with an old rag and then wipe it off with a clean rag right away. For darker stains, I don’t find it necessary to let the stain sit on the wood for very long. If you wipe the stain off and it’s not as dark as you’d like, you an always do another coat. Once all sides of the board are stained, let the stain dry at least 24 hours before paining.
I always do my lettering on the computer and then transfer to the sign. Use the computer to type out your wording and choose the right size and font to fit the look you are going for and make sure it will fit on your sign. Print out the text, cut around the words and lay out the wording on the sign itself.
To transfer the wording to the sign, use a pen and trace over the letters (pressing very hard) so that the pen makes a small indention into the wood.
Once you’ve traced all of your letters, make sure you can see the indentions on the wood (if you can’t, repeat this step and press harder). Sometimes, I trace over the indentions on the wood with a light pencil mark so it’s easier to see when I paint. Next, choose your paint colors and paint your lettering onto the sign. I use regular acrylic paint when painting signs. This paint can be found in the craft section of most stores.
Because I wanted this sign to look a little distressed, I went over my letters with a light coat of paint.
Here’s the sign after the wording was added.
I decided to add a few basic flowers to fill in the open areas on the sign. I followed the same steps to add the flowers. I found an image that was simple online, printed it off, and traced onto the wood with a pen. Again, I went pretty light on the paint when added the flowers because the goal was a distressed look. Once the paint was dry, I took fine sand paper and sanded over the sign and sanded the edges to add to the distressed look I was going for.
If you aren’t going to hang the sign on the wall, you can always paint the back of the sign with a different design, which is what I did. Here’s the back of the sign.
The best part is that you now have decor for two seasons! Fun, easy DIY project! Thanks for stopping by!