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Hi Friends! Today I have a quick and easy tutorial for you. I just remodeled my upstairs hallway and added a bookcase where my cabinets were.
I needed decor to fill the bookshelves and I didn’t want to spend any money so I made these cute DIY wooden signs with sayings! I have so much wood lying around and one of my New Year’s resolutions was to use all my wood up so this project was perfect.
Materials for DIY Wooden Signs with Sayings
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- wood – I had a piece of wood that was 7.25 inch wide that I cut into squares
- Miter saw or a jigsaw or regular saw if need to cut wood. Lowe’s employees are always great about making cuts for me if you don’t have a saw!
- stain – I used Dark Walnut (found here!) and weathered gray
- sandpaper or orbital sander
- vinyl or contact paper for stencil
- transfer tape
- chalk paint
- mod podge (optional)
- Cricut or another cutting machine (or already made stencil)
- Cut File – As with all my files, these are for personal use only. If you would like to purchase a commercial use license, click here. You can download this for FREE by clicking here!!
I had everything on hand so these DIY wooden signs cost me nothing! I love how they came out and how nice they look on my new bookshelf. So, let’s get going!
Preparing The Wood for Stencils
First off, pick the wood you want to use. I had a long piece of 1-inch thick wood that was 7.25 inch wide. I measured 7.25 inch down and cut the wood with my miter saw.
After I cut three out, I sanded all of them with 120 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander.
Dust off the sawdust and stain your wood. I like the combination of dark walnut and weathered gray as I used on my DIY farmhouse table.
Done with the wood prep, now on to cutting the stencil! I ended up using contact paper for this one since it wasn’t a very intricate design and my wood was super smooth.
Cutting a Stencil with a Cricut
I had to fight with it a little more to release from my transfer tape since it’s so thin. Vinyl adheres much easier but it’s more expensive.
Download the FREE SVG cut file by clicking here!! (This is for personal use only and cannot be resold. Thank you!) Space the words out a little bit before you cut them so there’s some room around them since you’ll be using it as a stencil. Cut on Vinyl- (if using contact paper) setting and weed out the cut.
Apply your transfer tape to the top of the stencil and center it on the board.
I use blue tape to hold it in place once I’ve measured both sides and made sure it’s straight. Then fold over the stencil and peel off the back paper.
Now you will have the sticky side showing. Flip it back over and lay it down on the wood. The tape should hold it in place. Scrape it down with a credit card or scraper.
Then you’re going to slowly pull off the transfer tape. Sometimes the little pieces will pull up if you are using contact paper so push them down with your finger.
Scrape it down really well again so no bubbles are showing around where the word is. I like to put a layer of Mod Podge over it before I paint it to seal the edges even better but this is an optional step.
Once that dries (about an hour or so), paint the stencil with chalk paint. I let it dry for about 10 minutes and did another coat.
Let that dry for about an hour and then peel off the stencil! Carefully remove the small pieces with a utility knife or weeding tool.
There you have it!! Cheap and easy DIY wooden signs with sayings to use as your own decor or they make great gifts!
I love what they add to my hallway bookcase remodel! Reminds us all of what we need to live by!
You can learn how to make this DIY special dates sign here!
The “Bless Our Nest” DIY Chalkboard sign is super easy to make also! Click here for my DIY chalkboard sign video tutorial.
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