This wood painted do it yourself Christmas sign is easier than you think and makes a beautiful handmade gift. In this post I'll show you step-by-step how to make it! This post contains affiliate links, which means that I make a small commission should you choose to purchase anything I recommend. I only recommend products I honestly love!
Decorating for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do. I love to add cute things that I find out shopping and I especially love the handmade pieces that I add to our decor each year. This year I made this 'O Come Let Us Adore Him Christ The Lord' sign. I am thrilled with the way it turned out.
The process to make these signs is pretty simple and I'll share with you exactly how to make one for yourself. I actually made 20 of these for gifts to give to all the Sunday school teachers at church. It really didn't take all that long, even to make 20!
1-1x6" piece of wood cut to 18"
2-1x2" pieces cut to 18 3/4"
2-1x2" pieces cut to 6 3/4"
Cricut Explore Cutting Machine
Wood Stain (I like Early American by Minwax)
Step 1: Stain all your wood pieces. The larger board and then all the 1x2"s for the frame. Just put a light coat of stain on them, I like to take a rag and wipe off the board after I paint the stain on. This helps remove excess stain and speeds up the drying process. The 6" board only needs to be stained on the top, the 1x2's should be stained on all sides.
Step 2: Cut out the word or phrase you want to be on the sign with your Cricut Explore. I love my Cricut and I seriously use it all.the.time. I have used plain vinyl and stencil vinyl for painting wood signs. I personally prefer the stencil vinyl. It seems to be stickier and therefore has less paint bleed underneath the stickers so you get nice crisp lines with each letter. I used Hoefler font and it's availble to download for free HERE.
Step 3: Apply the vinyl letters to your board. You'll want to weed out (or peel off) all the vinyl around the letters so that all you have left is the vinyl lettering. Then use transfer tape to put it onto the dried stained board. I centered mine and put the bottom of the letters 1 3/4" from the bottom of the board.
Step 4: Paint the board. I used a cream chalk paint I had on hand but you can use any paint you like. I've done with white, aqua and all kind of others. Seriously it's up to you! Let it dry and then once it's fully dry peel off the letters. With this method your letters are the color of the stain (which matches the frame)!
Step 5: Sand & Poly. I wanted this sign to have a "weathered" effect to it so I took my mouse sander to it on the edges. I did not go over the letters. To finish off the painted part I just put a thin layer of poly over the top to protect it.
Step 6: Attach the frame. This is the part I have my husband do, I'm not a huge fan of power tools- although I really should get more comfortable with them! So, you want to nail the 1x2's into the board, we used a nail gun. You want the frame to be flush with the back of the board, which means it will stick out farther in the front to frame it. See the picture above. The picture below shows the nail hole if you look really close. I love how the nail gun makes the smallest possible hole.
If you make a wood painted sign please share it with me!! Leave a comment or tag me on Instagram (@handmadeintheheartland) or facebook! It makes me SO happy to see you using these ideas!
I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season! I love this time of year but it can get busy and overwhelming, I try to remember that it goes so quickly and just to take a step back and look around and enjoy it. :)