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DIY Wooden Signs

Get the "fixer upper" look for less when you make your own DIY wooden signs!
We've all seen those wooden farmhouse-style signs floating around Pinterest, right!? I mean, Jojo herself sells them. They're adorable and stylish and I want all of them. Problem is, I can't bring myself to spend 100 bucks on one.
So, I figured why not just make one?!
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $20 Difficulty: Easy
I picked up a few pre-made wooden signs at Hobby Lobby but you can find these all over nowadays. Target and even Walmart have upped their craft sections.
All your really need are the signs (or ones you make from reclaimed wood if you want to get extra crafty!), some chalk, a ball-point pent, paint pen and a computer/printer.
I started by printing off the word "home" on a regular piece of computer printer and cut it down so it fit inside my sign. After that, I turned it over and colored the backside with white chalk until all the letters are covered. Once chalked, place the "stencil" back onto the wood, chalk side down.
I first used a sharpie but I would recommend using a ball-point pen to simply trace over the letters, using just a little bit of pressure. This makes the chalk transfer onto the wood wherever you trace, leaving you with a light but very visible pattern.
Next, use a paint pen to paint over the chalk letters. I did a few coats just to make sure it looked uniform in terms of color.
Voila! A nice farmhouse-style wooden sign for under $20!
I repeated the steps above to make a "gather" sign for our kitchen and I really like it.
Check out my blog for the full tutorial! Happy crafting!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Paint pen   (Michael's)
  • Wooden sign   (Hobby Lobby)

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Ask the creator about this project

  • Susan Dye
    Susan Dye Staunton, VA
    on Sep 21, 2016

    Very interesting. Simple, and fits into the motif perfectly . Really like the rustic look you created.

  • Lynn49
    Lynn49 Canada
    on Sep 21, 2016

    Easy technique with products we all may have around the house or can purchase very cheaply! Wooden pallet wood would work nicely, too...I esp love the "gather" sign! Nice work!

  • Marilee H
    Marilee H
    on Sep 21, 2016

    Just as Lynn49 said! Such a great technique.

  • Cydni Farrell
    Cydni Farrell Spring, TX
    on Sep 21, 2016

    Like you, I love Joanna's signs. Thanks for the lesson. You did an incredible job!

  • Sherry Sweet
    Sherry Sweet
    on Sep 21, 2016

    chalk pens are my new go to's and this is why!

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