DIY Holiday Sign Tutorial

As Christmas is creeping around the corner, time is slipping from our hands and DIY projects seem more like a crazy idea than an obtainable reality. DIY projects don’t have to be difficult or time-consuming (or look like you made it in a Kindergarten class, either). Follow along with this easy tutorial for a beautiful DIY sign that is perfect for outdoor decor, indoor decor or to give as a gift to a family member, friend or neighbor!

Here’s what you’ll need for this DIY sign project:

  • Reclaimed plank of wood from a deconstructed pallet
  • 2 Small bottles of acrylic paint colors of your choice
  • Cheap, craft paintbrush of any size
  • Small, straight-edged paintbrush (something that looks similar to this for easy and clean lines)
  • Letter stencils (printed from your computer)
  • Sandpaper of whatever grit you have in the house (optional)

Here’s what you’ll do for this DIY sign project:

  1. Print and cut out the letters you’d like to use on your plank of wood. Make sure you size them correctly so that they all fit on the wood surface. For my sign, I chose the phrase “Be Merry” for Christmastime, and used the font “Bebas Neue.” Set the letters aside.
  2. Using your (cheap) craft paintbrush, paint over the plank of wood. This does not need to be perfect. In fact, it looks better if it isn’t! I left ample space on the edges of the wood to give it a more “worn”  feel to it. Let the paint fully dry.
  3. With a pencil, lightly trace the letters onto the painted wood. Trace the letters light enough so that you can easily paint over them but dark enough so that you know where to paint!
  4. Using your second paint color, paint inside the traced lines, paying careful attention to the lines. In this case, the cleaner the lines the better. If you plan on sanding the sign down at the end for a “rustic” look, painting clean lines isn’t as important. Make sure you let the paint fully dry.
  5. (Optional) Take your sandpaper and sand down some of the letters and edges of the sign to make it more worn and rustic-looking. I did that a bit to my “Be Merry” sign and I loved how it turned out!
  6. Put your new DIY sign on display! Since it’s officially “OK” to decorate for Christmas (as if I follow those rules), I have my sign displayed on my front porch next to my door with a festive wreath on it. I may not have lights outside (trying to save on electricity bill!) but there’s no doubt that in my house, we celebrate Christmas!

This DIY sign can be used for ANY holiday…Thanksgiving, Easter, 4th of July…whatever!