Have you ever wanted to make a custom sign for your home but didn’t know how? There are a lot of different ways to create a wooden sign and I’m going to show you a very simple tutorial that anyone can do. Once you get the base built, you can stain it, paint it, draw on it, stencil it, etc. The possibilities are endless.
I love a good farmhouse sign, so I put a vintage twist to mine. You can make yours more fun with bright colors, or even personalize it.
I wanted my sign to have a real authentic vintage look, as if the owner just threw pieces of scrap wood together to hang a piece in his shop. So I left mine really rugged and imperfect. When I’m out hunting for antiques, I often think of the story behind each piece, who owned it? Where did it come from? Was it meaningful? So when I create new pieces I want them to feel like they have a story too.
And how cute are these adorable rolling pins I picked up form Dot & Bo?
- 7 Pieces of wood measuring 21″x3″X1″
- 2 Pieces of wood measuring 18″x3x1″
- 14 1 1/2″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- White Chalky Paint
- Black Paint
- Small Paint Brush
- Stencil Of Choice
- 220 Grit Sand Paper
Start by laying out your pieces of wood. You and gently sand down the edges if needed.
Place a thin line of glue on the side of each piece of wood and stack them together. This step isn’t always necessary, but it helps to fill the cracks between the wood.
Clamp the wood together.
Gently wipe away any access wood.
Let it dry for at least 12 hours.
Flip the piece over and place the two remaining pieces of wood on top and secure them using the wood screws. Make sure one screws goes into each plank.
Pick out your stencil. I created mine using my Silhouette machine (get it here), but you can buy your own at the craft store, on Amazon or Etsy.
Gently brush on a small amount of black acrylic paint. Remember to not over saturate the brush to prevent seepage.
Let it dry and slowly remove the stencil.
You can use sand paper to gently distress the sign, or leave it as is.
Now you have a beautiful custom sign to display or give away as a gift!
Note: A version of this post was first published on Angie’s List.