Easy DIY Valentines Trail Sign

10 Materials
2 Days

Cute lil' trail sign points the way to Cupids Arrow Place!

Here's how I made mine....

Cut fence pickets

Cut down some fence pickets to various lengths and widths. I used 5 of these.

Rustic dye mix

I wanted something with a red stained look so what I did first was mix 1/4 cup hot water with 3 tablespoons vinegar and then about 25 drops of red food dye.

Brush this mix onto the pickets

I brushed this mix on with a foam brush. It still wasn't the look I was going for so....once all pickets were coated and wet I moved onto the next step...

Paint a picket red

Paint one picket front, back, and sides, then move onto the wipe down step....

Wipe the picket off

Wipe the red paint off going in one direction which will give the picket a slight worn red stained look that still shows some wood grain. Finish wiping off one picket before moving to the next picket.

NOTE: I tested a scrap piece to see if I could skip the vinegar mix step and just paint and wipe the red paint and it didn't give the same look. I think it works best doing the 3 steps- vinegar mix, paint, and wipe.

Sand the edges

Once your pickets are dry enough use 80 grit sandpaper to sand the edges of the pickets to give a slight worn look. You can do more if you like but this was my preference. Wipe the dust off with a rag.

Paint on your wording

If you have steady hands you can paint your words on by hand using a paint pen in white.

Or if you have a Cricut machine make stencils then paint with white acrylic paint. I dabbed mine on lightly with cosmetic wedges in an effort to give a slightly worn look to the wording.

Spray with clear coat to protect it

The font I used is called "Connie". If you have a Cricut you can see my stencils here.






Once dry give a coat of clear spray paint to protect your trail sign.

Paint your center post

Paint your center post white and let dry.

Attach the post & pickets

Since it's winter the ground is too frozen to hammer the post into the ground. So either screw or nail it to a tree or use wire. Then you can attach each picket to the post.

And done....I'm in love with it!

Suggested materials:

  • Wood fence pickets & post   (Lowes)
  • Fence post   (Lowes)
  • Vinegar   (Grocery store)
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