Spicing up your home’s decor doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Wood signs have become increasingly popular over the years. They can add elements of whimsical and rustic charm to any home. Whether you want to display an inspirational quote, show off a family picture, or to create a unique piece of art, wood is a perfect medium.
The best thing about wood signs is that you can make them on your own. If you’re a little crafty, it’s relatively simple to get the supplies and make a charming work of art for your home. Additionally, wood signs make great gifts in a pinch.
So, how do you make wood signs? What materials do you need? Let’s break it down.
Step One: Find the Inspiration
Scan Pinterest or check out companies who specialize in woods signs to find some inspiration. Google search artwork or inspirational quotes. Find pictures that you like and think you could duplicate. Not all wood signs are words or painted images, either. Sometimes people print their family pictures on wood or adorn wood signs with other craft supplies. Get creative and figure out what type of sign you want to create.
Step Two: Buy the Supplies
Obviously, you’re going to need wood. Most of the time, people use plywood, redwood, or cedar for their wood signage. Consider using reclaimed wood to save on costs. Just ensure that your wood is sanded and isn’t going to be a splinter nightmare. You’ll also probably want to buy some sandpaper to sand down and prep the wood yourself to ensure that it’s super sanded and ready for paint.
Make sure to pick up primer to paint on the wood before you paint anything. The primer will help prepare the wood to take the paint. You might also consider a stain for the wood if you’d like to change the color of the wood.
Then, pick out your paints. Latex paint is an excellent choice for wood, but acrylic pain works great, too. If you’re going to be hanging your wood sign outside, consider paint specially formulated for outdoor exposure. Also, pick up some clear finishing spray.
Additionally, you’ll want to purchase any other supplies you might need, like paintbrushes or stencils. You’ll also want some sort of backing to ensure that you can hang the sign once you’re finished with it. If you’re doing a family photo on wood, you’ll need to pick up Mod Podge, too.
Step Three: Get Creative
Once you have all your supplies, all that’s left to do is create it. First, you’ll sand your wood, then stain it (if you’re going to), and prime it. Let it dry, and then paint whatever you’d like to paint onto the wood. You can use stencils or freehand. Let it dry, and then add any other elements to the piece. Finally, spray your sign with finishing spray to lock it in.
If you’re hoping to turn your wood sign into a family portrait, be sure to look up a guided step by step on that process. While it’s easy, there are several steps you need to take to get it just right.
As you can see, making a wood sign isn’t hard to do. All it takes is a little inspiration and creativity, and you can DIY a wood sign for your home.