Create Your Own DIY Wood Signs

Create Your Own DIY Wood Signs

To create your own DIY wood signs is so simple.  Any decor store you go into these days has these wood signs EVERYWHERE.  The problem is they are just too expensive.  I have such a hard time paying a high price for something I know I can make myself for a fraction of the cost.  Below, I have outlined how you can create your own DIY wood signs in no time at all and have some awesome decor for your home.

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  1. A printed graphic or saying you can get a free printable for the “Bless this Mess” graphic here.
  2. 1/2″ wood scrap or custom size (if you have your own saw) – You can also buy smaller cuts of crafting wood at Home Depot or Michaels.
  3. 1″x 2″ white wood boards for the frame
  4. Stain color of your choosing for the frame.  These are some I use:Rust-Oleum 307415 Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain, 8 oz, Briarsmoke ,Minwax 70012444 Wood Finish Penetrating Stain, quart, Dark Walnut
  5. Pencil and a Pen
  6. Hand Saw
  7. Wood glue
  8. White Chalk Paint(I use Annie Sloan Old White or Rustoleum brand Chalked Linen Chalk Paint)
  9.  A Black paint pen or black acrylic paint with an angled paint brush.  I personally like using the paint pen to outline the letters for more control.  I found mine on Amazon- Elmer’s Painters Opaque Paint Marker, Medium Point, Black, 1 Count


  1. Paint your piece of wood with the white chalk paint and let dry
  2. While paint is drying get your printable and shade the back of the lettering with your pencil.  Make sure you get all of the edges of the lettering.
  3. Once the white paint is dry and you have the BACK of your printed graphic shaded with a pencil place your graphic with the shaded side down on the wood where you want it to transfer.
  4. Secure the piece of paper on the edges with tape so it does not move
  5. Now, with your pen trace the image or lettering and press firmly so that the pencil on the back transfers to your wood.
  6. Once that is done remove the paper and your image should be transferred on the wood.
  7. The next step is to use your paint pen to draw over the transferred pencil lines and fill in with acrylic paint or just use the paint pen.

Framing Your Picture

Step 1

This is the step where you will need to measure and cut your 1×2 boards to size you need for your frame.  I have a Miter Saw to do this step, but there are so many other way to cut these pieces of wood.  You can use a  folding hand saw, jig saw  or a Compact Circular Saw . Those are some of the cheaper options if you don’t own anything yet. Another great option would be a hand saw with a miter box so you have more control of the straightness of your cuts.

Step 2

Stain your frame pieces the color of your choice.  I personally like the Briarsmoke stain and the Dark Walnut colors.  Also another great option would be the Java gel stain by general finishes.

Step 3

Give the stain a few hours to dry all the way and then use your Wood Glue to glue the frame into place.  An extra added step, but not necessary would be to use a brad nailer and nail the frame in place along with the glue.  If you can afford to purchase a Brad Nailer  then I would suggest the Ryobi Airstrike Cordless Brad Nailer .

Step 4

Enjoy your creation and MAKE MORE! It is so addicting and way cheaper than buying from the store.


Please comment below if I need to clarify any of these steps and if you found this article helpful.  I would LOVE to hear your feedback! Good or bad so I can make improvements if needed.

Thank you for visiting my site!

Ka’ili Hill aka That Mom is Me


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