Hi Friends! I have been busy creating table decorations for our church’s Ladies Night Out. Next month is Easter so of course I’m doing everything pastel, crosses, bunnies and eggs. I am hoping to do all this on a pretty low-budget so I had to get creative. The one thing I knew I wanted to do was make little Easter themed wood sign decorations to put on all 12 tables. This was a fun easy project that cost me next to nothing! I just used spare wood I had in my garage and bought a few little chalk paints. Hope you enjoy this easy DIY Easter wood sign tutorial.
Materials for DIY Easter Wood Sign
I went through my wood pile and found a bunch of small pieces of wood that were about 4.5×7 inches to 5.5×9 inches and lightly sanded them.
For the designs, I found bunny silhouettes and added them to Cricut design space. Since I needed to make a lot of these, I ended up using contact paper as stencils since it’s much cheaper than vinyl. I cut the designs out with my Cricut on the vinyl setting. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can just print out a picture, cut it out, use that to trace onto the top of contact paper, and then cut out the design with scissors. These aren’t very intricate so using scissors would work fine!
I painted some of my boards with chalk paint and some of them I stained with Minwax dark walnut or Rustoleum weathered gray. This will end up being the color of your design (bunny or cross). I picked two neutral colors and painted my boards with them. Allow them to dry.
Since I was using contact paper and it doesn’t tend to stick very well, I sprayed a light coat of craft bond on the wood. Let it dry for 2-4 minutes and then apply the contact paper, smooth it down, and remove the transfer tape.
Paint over the whole board with what ever color you want the background to be. I used an assortment of pastel yellow, pink, purple, and light blues. I don’t paint all the way to the edges to give it more of a rustic look.
Then peel the contact paper off – trying not to get paint everywhere!
A few of mine dried a bit sticky from the craft bond, so I lightly sanded the top to get rid of it. I knew these wouldn’t get handled much so I wasn’t too worried about it.
I sanded the edges and corners with a fine grit sand paper to age them some and then sprayed them with polycrylic. This is how they all came out.
I then added some embellishments – glued on cotton balls for tails and added some ribbons around bunnies necks.
To stand them up, I had a long rod that was 3/8 inch across. I cut it up in 2 inch pieces with my jigsaw. I used a 15/32 inch drill bit and drilled a whole half way through the back side of the wood.
I dipped the small rod in wood glue and pushed it in the whole. I tapped a few in with a hammer if they were stubborn! Let those dry and then they’re ready to go! You can paint the back of your boards too.
Here are most of them, ready to go! Stay tuned on posts about the rest of the centerpieces!
Pretty easy, right? You can do it!