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.
To begin this project, you will need:
- A computer with printing capabilities
- Printing paper
- 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.
- 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)
- I’m in the process of adding “sweet home” to the bottom of Home. Updated photos coming soon.
Do come back soon!