Hi Friends!! Are you jazzed about the holiday season?? I am! I love everything about it, especially decorating my house. There are so many great DIY Christmas decor ideas out there and today I’m going to show you how to make a cheap and easy DIY Christmas sign. I’m so excited because this project is part of the Creative Christmas Challenge week-long series hosted by Remodelaholic! There are 25 other DIY tutorials by some of your favorite DIY bloggers so make sure you check them all out by clicking here. Please be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see pictures of all the other projects and also a video tutorial playlist!
So, if you’ve been following me for a while you know I love rustic decor and have remodeled my home to farmhouse style over the past year. Of course, that means I need to add some rustic flair to my Christmas decor! I also wanted to use materials I had on hand or that are easy for anyone to get. I ended up making this DIY Christmas sign made out of wood and burlap that lights up.
I ended up making two different versions. I know most of my tutorials use my Cricut cutting machine, but I also wanted to make one sign that you can make with everyday craft supplies. The truck burlap sign is made with heat transfer vinyl cut out with my Cricut. The tree sign is hand painted using stamps I made out of items I had on hand. So, anyone can do this project!! The other wonderful thing about using burlap is that you can change the sign from season to season. After Christmas, take it off and whip up another burlap sign that can be up all year-long or make one for every season and stick it on the wood frame. The options are endless!
Materials Needed for DIY Christmas Rustic Decor
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- old fence board – I have some on hand from when a friend got a new fence. You could probably post on Facebook you are in need of some and you’ll probably find someone with a few extra boards
- miter saw or saw
- wood glue
- staple gun (optional)
- nail gun (optional)
- burlap fabric – I cut mine to 14×16 inch.
- fairy lights (optional)
- For painted burlap (tree):
- paint of your choice – Speedball, acrylic, or chalk paint.
- different paint brushes, round sponge blotters, foam sheets, felt fabric
or for HTV on burlap (truck):
- Cricut Explore Air™
- heat transfer vinyl – I use Siser Easyweed. Click Here To Visit Expressions Vinyl
- heat press or iron
- SVG file – you can download for FREE by clicking here
First off, I’ll show you how to build the wood backdrop. My end product is 16 inches wide by 25 inches high. My fence boards are 5-5.25 inch wide each so with 3 together and a little space in between the total width ends up being 16 inches.
I put the three pieces of wood together and laid the burlap on top to decide where I wanted the cross boards. I had some thin old wood (just in my stash!) that I cut 16.5 inches long so they’d hang over the edges a little. You can make it the exact same length if you want or even a little shorter. If you don’t have any thin wood you could also break or slice a fence board lengthwise in half.
I used a nail gun and nailed a few nails in. You could also hammer a few shorts nails in. My nails were pretty long so I made sure the part where I was nailing was over the edge so that I wouldn’t nail it to my table! Then I flipped the whole thing over and hammered the edges down on the backside.
If you want to make it look a little more worn, you can add some random staples with a staple gun. If you have long enough staples, you can use them instead of nails. I didn’t have ones that would go all the way through on hand so I just used them as an embellishment. This step is optional!
I then used my orbital sander to sand the top and bottom edges but again this is optional.
I added a little embellishment to the top of the sign. I wrapped around different colored jute twine and added some bells from the Dollar Tree. You could add a burlap ribbon bow or some garland or whatever suits your fancy!
That’s all there is to that part! Pretty easy so far, right? Now, let’s tackle the burlap DIY Christmas sign.
First you’ll need a piece of burlap fabric about 14″wide x 16″long. If you need help cutting burlap, I have a quick video tutorial for you to show you how to cut straight lines and get some frayed edges. Watch by clicking here!
If you have a Cricut or other cutting machine, you can download the file for FREE by CLICKING HERE!!. The truck and tree are part of an SVG file that comes from the Christmas Truck Set at Creative Fabrica. So if you want a different type of truck you can check out the set and mix and match!
Upload it into Cricut Design Space, size it to how you want, and cut it out in mirror image on heat transfer vinyl. For a more detailed tutorial on adding HTV to burlap, click here.
If you need help with the cutting and weeding process, check out my video tutorial here!
Make sure to put the shiny side down on the mat when you are using heat transfer vinyl. Weed it all and apply to burlap with either a heat press (watch video tutorial on using a heat press here!) or an iron (watch video tutorial on ironing on HTV here!!).
Another option if you have a cutting machine is to cut it out with freezer paper and paint it on. Click here to check out my tutorial on how to paint on burlap with freezer paper.
Now, if you don’t have a cutting machine (maybe you should ask for one for Christmas!! They are amazing machines. Check out my post here on all the Cricut DIY decor and gifts I make with it!) there is another way to make a burlap sign easily and inexpensively. This is a fun thing you can do with your kids and you can personalize any way you want.
Check out my video tutorial on how to make stamps with felt and foam to make this burlap sign by clicking here.
That’s all there is to it! Attach the burlap to the wood with either a hot glue gun or double-sided tape. Now display it and sit back and admire your handy work!
To find out how to make this cute easy light up snowman, click here to check out my tutorial!
I’ve also made something similar as my everyday decor frames. You can read the full tutorial on how to make reclaimed wood picture frames by clicking here!
Remember to head over to Remodelaholic (click here) and also hop on over to all of the other amazing tutorials listed below!!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Make sure you check out the playlist of all the Creative Christmas challenge projects by clicking here!