Hey there! I have got a fun project to share with you today. Have you maybe seen on Pinterest or at a craft fair those tall seasonal welcome signs? In fact, I’ve pinned quite a few that I like. I’ve seen them at different events and shops. I’ve admired them and think they make a fun welcome. However, every time I’ve looked at one I have been unwilling to pay the amount being asked for it. Well, today I am going to show you how you can DIY six to twelve tall signs for about $15. Even better…it’s super easy to do. Ready?
Okay, my first piece of advice is to look on Pinterest and find some signs that you like and that you want to re-create. Decide if you want one for each holiday, one for the seasons, whatever. Once you know what signs you want to make you can go and get the paint colors you need. For this project I used the cheapest acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby. It costs less than a dollar.
Next, you need to take a trip to your local home improvement store to get a large piece of plywood. I purchased mine for $13 at Home Depot. It was a 4 foot by 8 foot piece. Bonus! They were kind enough to cut it for me before I left. That made it easier to get home and my signs were cut to the exact size I needed.
Here’s how I got 6 signs out of that one piece of wood. I had it cut on the 4 foot end into two 12 inch by 4 foot sized sign. That left me with a 4 x 6′ piece. I had that cut into 4 signs ~ 12 inches wide and 6 feet long. Boom! 6 signs ready to go ~ 12 if you use front and back of the plywood.
The next step of this project is to give a base coat of paint to each piece of wood. Backs too if you will be using both sides. As for me, I decided to make a fall sign on one sign and a Halloween sign on the back. You could do winter on one side with a holiday theme on the back. You get the idea. I also think it would be fun to have a birthday sign that you put out each time someone’s special day rolls around.
Now for the art work. Don’t let that scare you. The most important thing when it comes to this is to not stress out. Do not over think this part. There are a few ways you can tackle this. First, you can do what I do. I cut vinyl to use as a stencil of sorts. Another way to do it is to pick up actual stencils at the craft store ~ even just a simple pack of letters would be handy. You could also print your design on paper and use tracing paper to transfer it OR chalk the back side of the paper and transfer the design by rubbing it on the wood. Another option is to simply free hand it. Just lightly draw on the wood and then paint the design. If you mess up, it’s easy to paint over it. No big deal.
When it comes to painting your signs, remember that when it comes to paint, less is more. Keep your brush lightly loaded with paint. I use a stiff, straight edge brush with a width of about 1/4 inch. I try to stay in my guide lines, but it’s never perfect. So I go back and touch up when the paint is dry, .
I don’t have to worry about it being exposed to the elements because my front door is in a covered area. However, if yours will be outdoors and not covered, you may want to protect it with a coat of poly. That way your work will last longer. As for me, I like it when my work appears to be a bit ‘distressed’ with raw wood showing through ~ as if it has actually been out in the elements. Just go with whatever you like.
These were easy to make and didn’t take much time at all. Most of the time was spent waiting on the paint to dry. 🙂 Honestly, it was so easy, that my big problem now is not having enough places to put them out! I think these would make great gifts for people too. Isn’t it good to give a gift of something that you love or would like to have? Well, this fits the bill for me anyway.
Once you have your sign made, all you need to add is some seasonal color and you’re ready to welcome your guests. So, what do you do to make a welcoming entrance at your house? Do you have anything special planned for your front door for the holidays? I’ve got some great ideas to help you with that too. Make sure to check back on Friday for that.
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Until next time~