Scrap Wood Sign For Fall

3 Materials
2 Hours

All those cute wood signs were taunting me to buy them but I couldn't justify the prices so I decided to make my own.

I went to my scrap wood pile and pulled out a 1x10 piece that is about 32" long. With a piece of chalk I marked off a 1" border around the edges that I wanted to make sure I did not encroach into with my letters. I counted letters and spaces in my words PUMPKIN PATCH (13) and divided by 2, giving me my middle letter (N) and I drew that on the board first using a pencil. Use a very light hand for erasing purposes. I worked out from the middle to get my letters spaced evenly. At this point I gave my board a wash with white paint and water, a 50/50 mixture, and let it dry.

Once all my letters were on the board I went over it with a fine tip Sharpie, using a ruler to keep my letters straight.

I then used a King Size Sharpie to go over all the downward strokes in my letters to give the font a more calligraphy-ish look.

I purchased pine stop molding for about $1 per foot. I cut it and stained it to frame my sign. The trim wood is thin so I pre-drilled holes for my finish nails then attached to the sign with wood and glue. I put a hanger on the back and hung it up!

Super easy and super fast. If you make a mistake; erase your pencil marks, sand it or flip it over! Don't want to purchase anything? Tape off a 1" border and paint it a contrasting color to mimic a frame.

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2 questions
  • Cindy Rubin
    on Oct 13, 2019

    I had trouble with smearing... any suggestions?

    • While I Linger
      on Oct 13, 2019

      Did you white wash your board? Did you allow it to dry before putting your letters on or did you try to wash it after you had lettered the board? Did you try to seal it after writing your letters? I spray on a matte finish if using pens. In this case I didn't bother. Also, I will often keep a piece of parchment paper under my hand as I write. Again, I didn't in this case.

  • Awilda
    on Nov 23, 2019

    What s size are the round ornaments

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