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I love making signs, they are so fun because you can customize them any way you want and put them on anything! Plus they are cute... :)
Today I am going to show you how to make a scrap wood sign, or you could even use pallet wood too!
- Wood- you can use scrap wood, reclaimed wood, pallet wood, or even new wood.
- free paint sticks (for attaching wood together on the back)
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- Ryobi Cordless BRAD NAILER, or clamps
- stencil, or printed image and pencil
- foam brush
- stain or paint
- twine and staples or other hanging supplies
This tutorial will cover the basic easy way I make my signs, as well as some other options.
You don't have to have a fancy cutting machine to make a sign. I make enough signs that I saved up and purchased a Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, which I use for most of my signs. I will also tell you how to do it without a cutting machine, so if you don't have one, don't worry!
Pallet and Scrap wood DIY Picture frames, they would have been perfect for a sign.
project or use weights or clamps to secure it until it dries. I used small nails to attach my paint sticks on this sign, but either way will work, the nails just hold it in place while the glue dries.
You can also see how I added some twine to hang my sign, simply tie knots in each end of the twine and staple it to the back of the wood.
At this point you can leave the wood as is, or you can stain or paint it. I choose to stain mine for this sign, I used Minwax Special Walnut.
Cricut Explore Air™ I cut my design on contact paper because it is WAY cheaper than vinyl. I do make vinyl signs, but when I am painting them I prefer to use contact paper. I use the outside of the cut for stenciling (the part on the board) I do have to add the middle of the O's and e's and such by hand, but it is really easy, just don't forget that part! :)
Stenciling is best done when you load your brush and then unload it. You want HARDLY ANY PAINT on your brush. A little goes a long way. If you use too much paint it WILL bleed through the stencil. Lightly brush toward the center of each letter until you are finished. Then while the paint is still wet pull off the stencil, and don't forget to remove the middle parts of the letters too.
Now if you don't have a cutting machine you have a few options on how to make your sign...
First you can do the...
Good old fashioned Pencil Transfer Method which is super easy and all you need is a printer, paper, paint, a pencil and some tape. Plus you can make them bigger or do shapes, really anything you want! My step by step tutorial is very easy to follow.
Another method is using ink transfer. I show you how to do it in my Spooky Halloween Sign post and it also works on cloth too, you can see it on my Burlap Christ Sign. With this method you could also paint over the ink if you wanted color, or use colored ink!
mini projector, which I would love to have, but I just use my husbands old overhead projector, you know the kind your teacher used a million years ago! :) I put the image I wanted on a transparency, or even a die cut would work, and projected onto the wood, then traced around it. For my Flapper Girl and Selfie Sign (the photo above) I cut out the project, but you could easily just trace the words or image and then paint them!!
Oh, and of course you can use regular stencils which you can buy in any craft store! I show you how to do that on my French Inspired Piano Bench Makeover!
So there you have it, many different ways to make awesome signs! To see more of my signs you can click Here or check out my Project Gallery for lots of fun ideas.
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