I am so excited to share this Uh-Maz-Ing DIY project with you today! This is my absolute most favorite thing that I have ever made (patting myself on the back!). I am even more in love with these DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs than my DIY Fabric Tassel Garland and my DIY Mudroom Wall, which is saying a lot because I LOVE those projects, too. But this duo of handmade wood signs is the end all be all of DIY farmhouse decor. And the best thing about this project… it was super easy and super cheap! We made both of these signs in one day for under $20. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial to craft your own easy DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs.
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Step 1: Gather your supplies
To complete this project, you only need a few inexpensive supplies:
Black sharpie (or colored sharpie of your choice)
Printer and printer paper
Underlayment boards – cut down to the size that you want – This is the type of board that we used, cut in half so that we had two boards that were 2′ x 4′ each. We had Home Depot cut the board for us.
Trim – cut to the size that you need – We used the cheapest 1″ x 2″ trim boards that we could find. The boards that we used were 8 feet long and only cost $1.28 per board. We bought 3 boards.
Stain of your color choice – we already had this leftover from other projects
Paint of your color choice – we already had this leftover
Nail gun and 1″ nails (or you could use a hammer and nails)
Step 2: Paint and stain your base
To get this look, we used this stain and Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint in Frost.
First, using a paint brush apply the stain to the underlayment board using the lightest pressure possible and allowing the natural brush strokes to show. You don’t want to completely cover the board – just apply a small amount because you will be painting over it.
Allow the stain to dry completely, then lightly paint over the stain with the Behr Frost paint. Make sure to cover the whole underlayment board in white, even though you did not stain the whole board. This gives the new underlayment board a rustic and aged look.
Step 3: Stain your trim
Using a sponge or paint brush, apply stain to your trim pieces. For a little added dimension, my husband lightly brushed some of this gold acrylic paint on top of the dried stain.
Step 4: Build your base
To attach the trim to the underlayment, my husband used a nail gun and 1″ nails. Once you attach the trim, you will need to stain the back edges of the underlayment so that they are not visible when you hang your finished sign.
Step 5: Decide on a quote and a font
The beauty of this tutorial for easy DIY farmhouse wood signs is that the possibilities are endless. You can use whatever color/font/quote/verse that you want.
We were in Hobby Lobby last week and fell in love with a duo of farmhouse pieces that had the bible verse Ruth 1:16 on them. Until we looked at the price… $89.99! I looked at my husband and said, “I bet we can make those ourselves for way cheaper.” Whenever I say that to him, he must take it as a challenge because, fast-forward a few days, and he’s bringing home wood from Home Depot.
So, roam the aisles of Hobby Lobby for some inspiration or search Pinterest for quotes that speak to you.
Step 6: Print out your quote in the font of your choice
Yup, on a regular ‘ol printer on regular ‘ol paper – No expensive Cricut or vinyl needed!
And you can print it out in black and white, even if you want your finished product to be rainbow-colored.
**If you want the PDF version of the verse we used so that you can replicate our easy DIY farmhouse wood signs, you can leave your email address below and I’ll send it right over.
Step 7: Flip the paper over and scribble over where the letters are
Complete this step in a well-lit area because you want to make sure you completely cover where the letters are on the opposite side of the paper.
Use a pencil if you will be stenciling on a light-colored backdrop or chalk if you will be stenciling on a dark color like stained wood.
I know that may seem a little confusing… Here’s what I’m talking about:
On the reverse side of this paper is the word “Where” that I printed out in Step 6. I had to keep holding my paper up to the light to make sure that my pencil scribbles completely covered where the ink was on the opposite side of the paper.
*Kids want to help? This is a great step for them to do so that they feel like they are contributing to your art project! I put my girls (ages 8 and 6) to work on this step, and they did a great job!
Step 8: Place the papers pencil side down on your sign where you want them
Make sure you get your quote perfectly straight before you move on to the next step. If you’re off even a little bit, your whole sign will look crooked. I even got out a tape measure to be sure that I placed my papers in exactly the right spot.
Step 9: Using a ball point pen, trace the outline of the letters you printed
Look closely… see the purple pen marks?
Trace the outline of your printed letters, and be sure to get every last detail. That’s why my finished verse looks like it was hand-painted on versus stenciled in black sharpie. Yes, it is a bit tedious (especially if you chose a very detailed font like we did) but, trust me, the end result is fab-u-lous!
Step 10: Remove the papers from your sign
Voila! Just like magic, huh?
The pressure from the ball point pen on the front makes the pencil marks from the back transfer to your sign! How cool!
Step 11: Using a sharpie of your choice, color in the outlined pencil marks
I used a dual tip (chisel and fine) black sharpie! But this could be done using any color sharpie that you want, or if you’re feeling extra ambitious you can use paint. However, I have done wood signs using paint before and it is much more difficult to control a paint brush than a sharpie marker.
Step 12: Hang up your awesome and easy DIY farmhouse wood signs!
Isn’t the finished product just awesome?! This picture doesn’t even do it justice.
We have a HUGE blank wall in our living room with 14 foot ceilings, and we needed something that wouldn’t look puny to hang there. And we didn’t want to spend a fortune to purchase a large art piece. I couldn’t be more thrilled with these easy DIY farmhouse wood signs!
Now it’s your turn! Just follow my simple tutorial and you’ll be on your way to creating amazing and custom easy DIY farmhouse wood signs in no time! But be warned… once you make one, you’ll want to make a bunch more!
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Loved this DIY tutorial? Check out my other DIY projects:
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