Hi Friends! Today I have a quick and easy tutorial for you. I just remodeled my upstairs hallway and added a bookcase where my cabinets were. I needed decor to fill the bookshelves and I didn’t want to spend any money so I made these cute DIY wooden signs with sayings! I have so much wood lying around and one of my New Year’s resolutions was to use all my wood up so this project was perfect!
Materials for DIY Wooden Signs
- wood – I had a piece of wood that was 7.25 inch wide that I cut into squares
- Miter saw or jigsaw or regular saw if need to cut wood. Lowe’s employees are always great about making cuts for me if you don’t have a saw!
- stain – I used Dark Walnut (found here!) and weathered gray
- sandpaper or orbital sander
- vinyl or contact paper for stencil
- transfer tape
- chalk paint
- mod podge (optional)
- Cricut or other cutting machine (or already made stencil)
- Cut File – You can download this for FREE by clicking here!!
I had everything on hand so these DIY wooden signs cost me nothing! I love how they came out and how nice they look on my new bookshelf. So, let’s get going!
Step by Step Directions
First off, pick the wood you want to use. I had a long piece of 1 inch thick wood that was 7.25 inch wide. I measured 7.25 inch down and cut the wood with my miter saw.
After I cut three out, I sanded all of them with 120 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander.
Dust off the sawdust and stain your wood. I like the combination of dark walnut and weathered gray like I used on my DIY farmhouse table (read all about my build here!)
Done with the wood prep, now on to cutting the stencil! I ended up using contact paper for this one since it wasn’t a very intricate design and my wood was super smooth. I had to fight with it a little more to release from my transfer tape since it’s so thin. Vinyl adheres much easier but it’s more expensive.
Download the FREE SVG cut file by clicking here!! (This is for personal use only and cannot be resold. Thank you!) Space the words out a little bit before you cut them so there’s some room around them since you’ll be using it as a stencil. Cut on Vinyl- (if using contact paper) setting and weed out the cut.
Now you will have the sticky side showing. Flip it back over and lay it down on the wood. The tape should hold it in place. Scrape it down with a credit card or scraper.
Scrape it down really well again so no bubbles are showing around where the word is. I like to put a layer of Mod Podge over it before I paint it to seal the edges even better but this is an optional step.
Once that dries (about an hour or so), paint the stencil with chalk paint. I let it dry for about 10 minutes and did another coat.
Let that dry for about an hour and then peel off the stencil! Carefully remove the small pieces with a utility knife or weeding tool.
I love what they add to my hallway bookcase! Reminds us all of what we need to live by!
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