Do you ever just wander hobby lobby and wish that you had enough wall space to put up all of their wall decor? This is SO me. But then something crazy happened- I actually had some space to put up a new wood sign and I just could not settle on one that I liked! Maybe it was an overload of options or something but I panicked and walked out of the store (a couple times) empty handed.
I am so glad that I didn’t get anything, because instead I made something custom for a fraction of the cost (with a little extra time and effort).
This tutorial somewhat similar to my DIY chalkboard tutorial, with a bit of a twist.
I was inspired by Domestically Speaking’s wood sign tutorial and added a few extra touches to create this darling wood sign.
What you need:
- piece of plywood
- wood boards (for frame)
- computer & printer
- white paint
- wood stain
- small paintbrush
- sharpie or black paint marker
For the sign: I got 1/4″ thick plywood piece of wood that was 2’X4′. I wanted something thin so that it wouldn’t be super heavy. Really, you can use whatever you’d like! Even a scrap piece of wood that you have lying around would work.
For the frame: I got two 4′ foot long 1″X2″ boards for the length of the sign, and one 6′ 1″X2″ board that my husband cut to fit the shorter sides.
1. Paint and stain:
I painted a couple coats of a soft eggshell white paint on the plywood piece and stained the boards with Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Kona to match our DIY coffee table. To give it a finished look from all angles, stain the sides of the plywood piece as well.
2. Build your frame:
After everything is dry, staple gun or nail your 4′ boards to the top and bottom of the sign, and attach the two shorter boards (about 20″) to fit in lengthwise. Simple and easy, nothing fancy. (see frame below for reference)
1. Design your sign.
Whatever program you have will work, I just used Microsoft Publisher. I made my template scaled to the size sign that I wanted (48″X24″)
2. Make a mirror image
In Word, you can easily do this using Wordart- click “rotate” then “flip horizontal”. In Publisher, you need to save your text as a picture/object first. After you insert that in to a document, click “arrange” in your menu, “Rotate or flip” in the dropdown menu and “flip horizontal”.
You can get it printed in the blown up size that you want at a print shop or print from your home computer and creatively piece it together (cut off the margins and tape together)
1. arrange your print face down on the sign
2. dip a small paintbrush in a bowl of water and lightly brush over the text.
You don’t want to soak the page, just get it damp.
3. Using the cap of your sharpie or paint marker, rub over the text (I went horizontally back and forth) to get the ink to transfer on to the board.
The water will dry quickly, so I took it a couple letters at a time: getting them damp, then rubbing it to transfer. Remove the paper as you go so that it doesn’t stick to the sign.
If you like the sort of faded look, then you’re done!
I took it a step further and went over my ink transfer with a sharpie to create bold black letters. (I alternated between sharpie and paint marker and thought the sharpie was easier. if you have a steady hand, you could also try painting it with a small paintbrush and black paint.)
A darling wood sign like this can add such a statement to the room! I chose this verse because it’s one that has been important to Ryan and I in this last season of life. You can put anything up- something seasonal, quotes from your favorite book or movie, hymn quotes, etc. The possibilities are endless! You could even do graphics.
If you love the idea of a sign like this but aren’t quite sure about making your own, contact me below for a custom quote!