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DIY Rustic Wood Crate Sign

Is anybody else as crazy about wood signs as much as I am? Wood signs make lovely gifts and the best thing about them is that they can be customized.  A name, symbol, letter, quote, phrase, etc, can be handwritten on any wood surface. After seeing so many ideas for wood signs on Pinterest, I was bent on making one or several of my own.

After researching several wood signage techniques, I found out that the easiest was the one that involved tracing. Yep! You heard me read that right! I got to use that good old pre-kindergarten tracing technique that I learn decades ago. img_7042-1

To begin this project, you will need:

  • A computer with printing capabilities
  • Printing paper
  • Pencil
  • Wood template/sign – I used a wood crate.
  • Craft paint
  • Paint Brush

Here are the quick easy steps I followed:

  • Chose the word or phrase you plan to make a sign of
  • Type your chosen word in the font of your choice using Microsoft Word.
  • Print
  • Shade the back of the printed sheet with a pencil (to make a diy carbon paper)
  • Tape the paper to the surface of the wood
  • Trace the words on to the wood with a pencil
  • Paint your little heart away! In other words, paint in the letters or word(s) with your paint brush. Use 2 -4 coats to your satisfaction. 

This was by far an easy project but it might take between 1 – 3 hours to complete because you will need to wait in between paint coats to avoid smearing.

Keep in mind:

  •  If you paint outside of the letters, use a clean wet paint brush to wipe the excess right away.
  • Use several small tip brushes (size 000 – 1)

Do come back soon!

xoxo,

Abi

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