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DIY RUSTIC Christmas Decor – Make this now!

Hey guys!! I have another unique and easy  DIY Christmas decor for your living space, front door or bedroom. It is super duper easy, but will probably take you roughly an hour to complete. The hour will be used mainly for drying time. This project is very similar to my “Home” Wood Sign project. You’ll need the same materials except for different paint colors.

The wood plank I used for this project was found in my shed and I used red and white acylic paint that I already had on hand. I can honestly say I spent zero dollars on this project and I feel really great about that! :0

Here are photos of the process. It’s really easy, I promise.

So first I prepped the wood plank by painting it several coats of white acrylic paint. The plan was to end up with a rustic shabby-ish sign so I decided to leave a streak effect.

Next, I shaded the back of the (previously printed) letters and taped them down on the wood plank and tracing commenced.

Next was painting the letters! I chose red because it’s a festive Christmas color. At this point I felt like the completed JOY sign was still missing something because of the negative space at the top and bottom, so I had to give that space a bang for its buck. Check it out! Check it out!


I fininshed the rustic sign with embroidery floss (yarn) and I could not be any more satisfied with the result of this project. I definitely had fun making it!

Is this an idea you might try? If it’s too late to make a wood sign for Christmas, why not make one for Valentine’s day (LOVE), which is exactly 2 months away.

Yours DIYly,

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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)
  • I’m in the process of adding “sweet home” to the bottom of Home. Updated photos coming soon.

Do come back soon!

xoxo,

Abi