Birch Tree Joy Sign With Holiday Juniper Wreath

6 Materials
3 Hours

For holiday wall decor, I wanted to make something unique and special. I got a bunch of old dock boards from our neighborhood park that were severely weathered to make this with. I had the idea to paint them with white acrylic craft paint to make them look like birch trees. It is crazy to think this stack of weathered dock boards…

...became this beautiful seasonal sign.

See more hand-lettered wood signs I've done on my blog.

You can watch the video above to follow the steps to this tutorial, but here's a run down.

I painted each board with white craft paint lighter in the center. Then I attached a board horizontally across the back with two screws in each vertical dock board to hold everything together. I staggered them for interest.

Next, I painted the edges of each dock board with watered down black acrylic craft paint. This gave it the effect of being round boards. I also added horizontal lines to make it look more like birch bark.


When the sign was done, I wove a little wreath on a metal ring using real juniper branches. I used black acrylic craft paint again to freehand write the letters J and Y. Together, it formed the word "JOY."

Paired with a pop of red, this sign is so festive for Christmas and otherwise beautiful the whole winter through. I hope you'll share this project and visit my blog to see more Christmas decor!

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Weathered Dock Boards
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