Wood Farmhouse "Home" Sign

10 Materials
30 Minutes

I love this sign! It's easy to create and you can customize it however you want!

This cost just under $17 to make and can be used year round! Here's how I did it....

Gather materials -

4 8x8 wood panels

Sisal rope

White paint

Makeup sponges

Sponge brush


Hot glue gun and glue sticks

4.5 inch Stencils of the letters H-O-M-E (letter height is 4.5 inches)

Wood stain in dark walnut

Brown paint (to cover up any factory glue that doesn't take stain)

Sand the panels to make them smooth. Using 220 grit sandpaper, go over the panels quickly to remove any small splinters and smooth out the wood. Remove any dust with a dry rag

Now, stain the panels. Dip a sponge brush applicator into the stain (just a bit) and then brush it into the board following the wood grain. Wipe away excess stain with paper towels or a disposable rag.

The boards had some manufacturer's glue along the edges in some spots and these areas didn't take the stain. So I took a similar color brown paint and painted over the glue spots

Using e6000 glue, glue each panel together. Start by gluing in pairs. Apply a small strip of glue along the edge of a panel and then press it against the edge of another panel making sure they are aligned.

Take the other pair of panels and do the same.

Now glue both sets together as shown below to form one large square

Allow to dry overnight

The stencil that I got was too large to fit into the panel, so I cut off the excess until it fit.

Tape the stencil down to ensure it doesn't move.

Take the makeup sponge and apply a a bit of paint, then dab the sponge on a paper towel until there is very little paint left on the sponge. You want the sponge just about dry. Excess paint will bleed through the edges of the letter stencil.

Then, dab it over the letter stencil in an up and down motion, applying more paint to the sponge as needed.

You may need 2 or more coats to get your desired coverage.

If you're happy with the coverage, remove the stencil once finished painting. Or leave it if you want to do another coat, then remove once happy with the coverage.

Repeat this for all four letters on all four panels

I wanted to add sisal rope so I decided around the edge would be the perfect placement. I ended up adding two rows of rope since the frame section of the panel was wide enough for 2 rows.

For the first row, keep it to the very edge of the frame section.

Add a dab of hot glue to the very corner of the frame edge of the panel and then press the end of rope over top. Apply a thin line of hot glue along the very edge of the frame and press the rope over top. Work in small sections to ensure the glue doesn't begin to harden before adhering the rope to it. Continue to adhere the rope all the way around.

Once you get to your starting point, cut the rope so that the end meets the beginning and glue down into place.

Repeat these steps to add another row on the inside edge of the frame section.

Cut off another piece of sisal rope and hot glue it to the back to use as the hanger and allow to cool completely

You can add whatever you'd like to the middle. For the summer months, I added a windmill from a dollar store yard stake. I plan on changing it out for each season/holiday 😁

I love the rustic look!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope this project has inspired you to create something beautiful ♥️♥️

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  • Terri Atwood Terri Atwood on Sep 12, 2021

    Absolutely adorable!! What did you use to attach the windmill to be able to change it out?


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  • Linda Garretson Linda Garretson on Sep 12, 2021

    Just love this and going to make one for me and my daughters, Thanks so much!!!

  • Mary Lou Mary Lou 4 days ago

    Beautiful project and your tutorial was very nicely illustrated. Love me some E6000!! I just got some sisal rope for another project but this may be fate!!

    Well done!👍️