We are on the countdown to Christmas over here… Woo Hoo!! I absolutely love decorating for Christmas!!! I’ve also been having lots of fun creating new decor – the possibilities are endless! I love how my latest project came out so I thought I’d post a DIY Christmas wood sign tutorial in case you feel inspired!
This is really not as hard as you think! I will take you step by step through it so don’t worry! Here we go…
Materials Needed for DIY Christmas Wood Sign
- Piece of Wood – I had a spare piece lying around but you can get one at a hardware store and they will even cut it for you. The piece I used was 13 inch x 24 inch
- Paint – You need chalkboard paint for the black so you can write the number with chalk and erase it. I used this one. Then any kind and color you want for the words and star. I love using Chalk Paint for the top color so I can distress it. I used Parisian Grey Folk Art found here.
- Stencil – I cut my stencil out of vinyl on my Cricut Explore Air. (This is an absolutely amazing machine!! Check out my review here and see what it can do!!)
- Twine or decorations – optional
Prepare your wood and vinyl. If your wood is rough, sand it so it’s smooth. Cut your stencil out and weed your design.
Since I wanted two different colors (black and red) I measured how big the letters section was and drew sections on my board. I just used the chalkboard paint for both black sections but you can use regular black paint for the bottom. I painted 2 layers of each color.
After the paint dries, you are going to apply your stencil. Apply transfer tape to your vinyl and put it on the wood. Click here for my tutorial on applying vinyl (this tutorial was for a tile but it is the same process).
Scrape it down to make sure it’s nice and stuck. Then you are going to paint a light layer of the SAME color paint over the stencils in each section. So a light black paint layer over the top and bottom sections and a light red coat over the words. This seals the edges so the top layer of paint doesn’t seep under.
After the paint dries, you are going to paint the entire board with your top color. For mine, it is gray chalk paint.
Let it dry for just about a half hour or so and then you are going to take off the vinyl. I use an exacto knife to gently lift the edges and then my fingers to pull the rest off – do not dig the knife into the board or you’ll cause a whole or scratch the paint.
For the star, I just added the stencil on top since I didn’t want to measure exactly where to put the yellow paint. Place your vinyl with the star weeded OUT wherever you want the star. Then before you paint, brush on a light layer of Mod Podge or Waverly varnish. Let that dry and then paint the yellow paint over it.
Let that dry for a bit and then take off the vinyl. Admire your beautiful work!! If you would like to make it rustic, take some sandpaper and sand around the edges. The chalk paint will sand off and you are left with the wood showing underneath. Sand as little or much as your want! Then you can seal it will some chalk paint wax. Once it’s dry you can add any embellishments you want. I wound some twine around the top, added some bells from the dollar store, and a little burlap pouch with chalk. That’s it! What do you think?