Would you love a cute, decorative wood sign that is super popular right now? They are easy to make, especially if you go to one of the studios which teach how to create the boards. In the past year, I have attended one such place called Board and Brush Creative Studio, which has locations all over the United States. Both evenings were great fun and everyone walked away with a beautifully painted decorative wood sign of their choice for their home.
Decorative Wood Sign Workshops
Board and Brush Creative Studio is a place to build on-trend, farmhouse-classic, inspirational pieces of décor for your home or office. A Workshop starts with choosing a design, which can be overwhelming! They have a variety of designs with which to choose. Many choices are seasonal so you can add to your seasonal decorations. Options like planter boxes or serving trays are also available.
What happens during a workshop? Workshops start with sanding boards then distressing. Next, your board is stained or painted, then finally a stencil is used to create your chosen design.
DIY Decorative Wood Sign at Home
There are many other places across the United States, which can help you create hand-crafted painted wood signs. In Wisconsin, there is a great place called The Rustic Orchid and in Massachusetts: Love, Create, Paint. You can attend a workshop which can be expensive or you can create your own decorative wood sign at home with a little help from Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Where to start with a Decorative Wood Sign
The first thing to decide for a decorative wood sign is the actual design. To create a design, a stencil is needed and can be purchased at any craft store or you can order one from Etsy. There are numerous options; however, if you have a Silhouette or a Cricut, you can create your own stencil or cut words from vinyl. It’s important to make this decision first because it will help you to know what size board to purchase.
How to create a decorative wood sign
- Stencil (purchased from Etsy or create your own) or cut vinyl letters/words
- Stain or paint
- Polycrylic if using vinyl
- Drill to create holes for the ability to hang
- Ribbon or wire for hanging
- Optional- rags and gloves
To keep things simple, I decided I did not want to use nails or screws to hold boards together.
Step 1: Sand the edges of the board, then paint or stain the board and allow it to dry.
If Using a Stencil:
Step 2: Center the stencil on the board and use small amounts of paint. Be patient because paint can seep under the stencil if you use too much at one time.
Step 3: Allow the stencil paint to dry, then carefully remove the stencil. If paint seeped under and made a blob on the letters, use a craft knife to gently scrape away the unwanted paint.
Step 4: Optional: Drill holes and use ribbon or wire to create a hanger.
If Using Vinyl letters:
Step 2: Paint a thin coat of Polycrylic over the paint and let it dry. I use a foam brush so I don’t get brush marks from a paint brush. The poly gives the vinyl something to stick to.
Step 3: Determine letter placement, then use contact paper to lift and place your words and letters on to your board.
Here are my results:
I just love how this turned out and will create a few more to give as gifts. Speaking of gifts, do you need another simple hand-made gift idea? How about making a boring clipboard irresistible and cute! Take a Dollar Store clipboard, personalize it with paint then add a cute pen for a perfect and inexpensive gift.