I’m excited about today’s project! This DIY wooden holiday sign will be a fun addition to your holiday decor. I have made one of each, with and without words…I love them both.
Wood art pieces are so popular right now and I see this trend holding for a while.
The supplies for this project are:
- 1- 24 inch x 24 inch piece of birch plywood. (Approx. $5 each and comes this size at home improvement store)
- 1- 1 x 3
- Wood Glue
- Paint (whatever you have on hand or if you need to purchase buy small bottles of craft paint)
- Stencil- Stain
You will need to cut the 1 x 3 to make a frame around the back of your piece of plywood.
The frame has two purposes…1st it helps support the plywood and make it sturdy, 2nd it gives you an easier way for hanging.
To add the frame to the back of the plywood just apply the wood glue to the 1 x 3 cut piece and line it up even with the edges. I placed the longer 2 pieces on the sides and the shorter 2 on the top and bottom. That way when I hang it on the wall the sides are one consistent piece.
Most of the time wood isn’t perfectly straight so if you have clamps use them to hold the frame to the plywood while it dries. If you don’t have clamps just lay the plywood down and put something heavy on the frame to hold it down while the glue dries.
After it is all dry and set (see instructions on glue bottle for drying time) you are ready to stain or paint. For the deer sign I stained the plywood with Minwax Weathered Oak. The Merry & Bright sign I painted with Maison Blanche La Craie Paint. Like I said in the supplies list, use what ever you have already. **Note that for both signs I painted the frame…white on the deer sign and black on the Merry & Bright. You can see that in close up pictures below.
The deer art I drew free hand. Seriously, If I can do it so can you. I googled clip art of a deer silhouette I wanted to use and just drew it out with chalk on to my board. After that I used white paint to fill it in. Look closely at the antlers in the picture below and you can see the chalk lines.
If you would like you can sand lightly for distressing, I sealed my diy wooden holiday sign with Annie Sloan Wax.
These signs are so easy to display…
I also made a diy wooden holiday sign with the phrase Merry & Bright. I used the basic stencils from Walmart. I wanted this boxy look but you can get creative and use whatever you would like. I love how this looks with my yellow bench I painted (see it here.)
I also used the dark wax on this sign so that I could get the distressed look again.
I haven’t decorated my house yet for Christmas except in my daughters room but I am working on projects so that I can pass them on to you. This should give you enough time to make your own wooden sign before you begin your own decorating!
I am curious, what will you put on your diy wooden holiday sign? I’d love to hear your ideas!
If you aren’t into making your own sign, send me a message, we will see what we can work out.
Linking to Just a girl and her blog