Hand Painted Wooden Sign


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It has been some time since I have made a sign! I used to do this so much more when my Etsy shop was open. This has always been so relaxing and fun for me to do. It’s amazing when you get an idea of what you want and can actually make it come to life! So I wanted to share with you all how I go about making these signs. It’s much easier than you think! Anyone can do it. 🙂

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Materials Needed:

  • 2’x4′ pre sanded plywood sheet
  • 2 1x2x6′ pine boards (straight as you can find)
  • White Paint (I just used Behr Ultra Pure White)
  • Black craft paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Printer and computer
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Nails and Hammer or nail gun and finishing nails (if doing the frame)

I started with a piece of 2′ x 4′ plywood sheets that I had sitting in the garage. I knew I wanted something for our bedroom to hang above the bed and thought this would be a great size. You can buy these pre-cut to that size at Home Depot or Lowes. Super easy, no cutting involved!

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Next step is to decide what finish you want. I went with a white painted background, black lettering and decided to do a dark wood frame. I love all the contrast! I decided on the quote, “Together is my favorite place to be.” So I started by painting the plywood sheet white and while it was drying I went ahead and started deciding on the font that I wanted to use.

I have a MacBook so I opened up my Pages and typed out the quote and went through the list of font’s and decided on Scrap Calligraphy. It’s kind of trial and error to figure out how big of lettering to do. Sometimes I print one page and hold it up to my piece I’m painting it on to make sure I like the size. For this piece I decided on 475 for the font size. So now you are ready to print out your quote. It will print on several pages and then you will cut it out and tape it together.

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Make yourself a layout of how the quote will lay on the piece of wood. Then I flip the printed quote upside on the table and color in pencil all over the back of the lettering. Once that is complete, flip it back over onto your piece of wood and tape it down where you want it. Then grab a pen and trace around each letter. It will stencil your quote right on the wood! I know it’s hard to see but in the second picture below if you look closely you can see the outline of the lettering after I traced it.

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After you are done you are ready to paint! If you want you can use paint pens. I don’t like them because I have had them bleed all over a piece before and ruin it. So I stick with a thin paint brush and hand paint it all. You just go around and fill in the lettering! After I fill it all in I go back and touch it up a bit by filling in some letters more than others or adding to the font design a little to make it more my style.

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Last step for me was framing it! You don’t have to do this part if you don’t want to. I chose to because I love the way it looks! I picked up 2 1x2x6′ pine boards from Home Depot, cut them to size to fit around the wood, stained them and nailed them together around the plywood sheet.

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Super easy and inexpensive project that you would pay big money for to someone else!

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