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DIY Wood Signs Are So Easy to Make!!

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Make your own DIY wood signs by following this step by step tutorial!

After remodeling my hallway a few months ago, I moved on to my laundry room.  It was the last room that I had never touched in the 15 years that we have lived here. 

I did not want to spend much money since it’s just a laundry room but I wanted it to be a place where I liked going in to (I know that’s a hard task, right??).  Make sure to check out the full post on my farmhouse laundry room makeover for all the details.

If you have been following me for a while you know I love to make things instead of spending money and of course, that meant I needed to make one of my DIY wood signs to add some character to the laundry room. 

So, today I have a step by step DIY wood signs tutorial with a lot of pictures and also a free SVG laundry cut file!how-to-make-hand-painted-sign-with-quote

 

Materials for Laundry DIY Wood Signs:

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How to Make Your Own DIY Wood Sign:

  • Find a piece of wood or MDF that is the size you want and make sure it’s sanded and smooth.  I had a spare piece of MDF that I had painted on before so I just painted over it.   Start by painting the color you want the wording to be.  I just used some Alabaster wall paint that I had used to paint my new DIY shaker cabinets.laundry-room-signs-svg
  • I always put a paintbrush I’m going to use again in a plastic bag so it doesn’t dry out.laundry-room-signs-svg

Prepare your DIY stencil: 

  • Upload the SVG file into Cricut Design Space and size it to a little smaller than your board.  The Cricut won’t cut anything longer than 23.5 inches so I always make sure my boards are shorter than that to make it easy.
  • For this project, I used contact paper as a stencil since that’s what I had on hand.  It doesn’t stick as well so there tends to be a bit more paint bleeds but it’s not hard to touch up.  I cut the contact paper on the vinyl setting.laundry-room-signs-svg
  • Then pull off the surrounding contact paper and weed out the small pieces inside the letters with a weeding tool.laundry-room-signs-svg

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  • Then apply transfer tape or clear contact paper to cover the whole design.  (Remove the backing if you are using contact paper) I usually use transfer tape on my DIY wood signs but since I was using contact paper, I used clear contact paper since it isn’t as tacky as the transfer tape.  When it’s less tacky, the contact paper peels off better.  However, if I were using vinyl, I would have used transfer tape. 
  • Scrape down the transfer tape with a scraper.

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  • Then align the whole thing on your board and add a strip of painter’s tape down the middle to hold it in place.how-to-make-stencils-diy-wood-signs

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  • Pull the transfer tape up on one side and cut off the paper backing behind it.how-to-make-stencils-diy-wood-signs

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  • Then slowly lay down the transfer tape smoothing it out from the middle to the sides.  Then scrape it on the board.cricut-stencils-hand-painted-sign

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  • Then you are going to remove the blue tape.  The stencil will stay in place since the other side is already stuck to the board.  Fold over the transfer tape and pull off the backing and again lay it down slowly while smoothing it out.cricut-stencils-hand-painted-sign

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  • Scrape it down really well!  You might need to go over it several times trying to get all the corners to stick.  Start pulling off the transfer tape.  Sometimes the contact paper doesn’t want to stick as well as vinyl will so you might need to scrape it down more or hold it down with your finger.cricut-stencils-hand-painted-sign
  • Scrape it down one more time but make sure not to scrape the edges up!laundry-room-signs-svg

Time to Start Painting Your DIY Sign

  • Now paint a coat of the same color over the lettering!  This helps to prevent bleeding from the top color.laundry-room-signs-svg
  • Let that coat dry and then paint on your topcoat color.  I used Waverly Elephant chalk paint color from Wal-Mart.  I like chalk paint because it is easy to sand off to get a rustic look.  I don’t paint my whole board either.  I leave a little white showing on the edges.free-svg-cut-files-cricut

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  • If you want to sand your edges, do that once your paint is dry.  You can also add a varnish or coat of poly here to seal it.  I didn’t since it’s just going in my laundry room and won’t get touched or knocked.
  • Once the top coat is dry (usually about an hour) you will start pulling off your stencils.  I use a weeding tool but you could also use a utility knife.  Try not to gauge holes in the board or scratch it too much!how-to-make-hand-painted-sign-with-quote
  • I had a few bleed throughs which I usually get when using contact paper.  Just take a small paint brush and go back through and touch them up.how-to-make-hand-painted-sign-with-quote

 

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That’s it!  Not as hard you thought, right?  Making your own DIY wood signs saves so much money and can be personalized to whatever you want it to say!free-svg-cut-files-cricut

Hammer a sawtooth hanger or whatever you like to use and hang it up!free-svg-cut-files-cricut

To check out how I painted the cabinets click here!  Or to see how easy it is to install plank flooring click here.

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I love what it adds to my laundry room!  If you want to check out other DIY wood signs I’ve made with my Cricut click here.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a great day!

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Adriane Dore

Saturday 18th of April 2020

Constant paper or transfer. You talked about using contact paper then switched to transfer paper. This is my first project.

Leap of Faith Crafting

Sunday 26th of April 2020

Hi Adriane, you can use either contact paper or transfer paper. Contact paper from the Dollar Store is cheaper to use and is a little less tacky but I use it on bigger projects since it's cheaper than contact paper. But they both do the same thing!

Autumn

Sunday 9th of June 2019

Beautiful sign and great tutorial...thank you! I’m working on making my very first stencils now...on the cheap...using contact paper...lol:) What material setting did you use for cutting the contact paper? I used vinyl as my material setting and it cut through both pieces. Can’t seem to figure out what would be slightly less than that and since contact paper isn’t a material choice I’m lost! I have the cricut maker. What would you suggest?

Leap of Faith Crafting

Sunday 9th of June 2019

You're welcome! Hmmm, I usually use the vinyl setting. You can always turn the default onto "less" in the drop-down menu once vinyl is selected. See if that helps.

Kimberly

Friday 22nd of March 2019

Were you able to get this done in a couple hours or did it take you a couple days. I’ve been procrastinating making a sign for myself as well as for a friend that is getting married and need to have it done in one day now.

Just wondering if it’s even feasible now. 😏

Leap of Faith Crafting

Saturday 23rd of March 2019

Yes, you could! Chalk paint dries really quickly. I make signs in a single day all the time! Good luck!

Leap of Faith Crafting

Saturday 23rd of March 2019

You could get it done in a day! The stain only takes a few hours to dry and if you use chalk paint, it dries pretty quickly. Good luck!

Evelyn

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

Thank you so much for showing how to do this in a simple step by step and with all the amazing pictures too. Never have try this, but you have inspired me to try it. Thanks a million:)

Leap of Faith Crafting

Friday 8th of February 2019

HI Evelyn, thanks so much! Yes, they are so much easier than you think. Once you get the hang of them, the sky is the limit! I have made almost every sign in my house out of spare wood I find. Such a money saver and you can personalize it to anything. Thanks for stopping by!

liz

Tuesday 29th of January 2019

Hello! Thanks for your tutorial. How do you keep or reattach the middle of letter pieces like the center of an "e" or "o"?

Leap of Faith Crafting

Wednesday 30th of January 2019

Hi Liz, when you use transfer paper all of it comes up together so no need to reattach anything. If for some reason, I scrape one off, I just place it on with my fingers. Thanks for stopping by!

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