I think that I counted 18 pictures in this tutorial post!
It looks complicated, but I promise if you follow the steps and pictures anyone can make these DIY wood signs. I used a piece of broken pallet wood. Each sign was made in under 20 minutes of hands-on time.
I shared one a few weeks ago made on live on video. This one has step-by-step instructions.
DIY Wood Signs
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This starts with a piece of pallet wood. The board was broken, but I managed to retrieve 10-inches of straight wood 3 1/2 inches wide. I painted it creamy white.
Then I smeared small dollops of petroleum jelly on the dried paint.
Then covered the top with 2″ painters tape. Start straight on one end and move across the board. Each piece of tape lays next to the other.
Then remove every other piece of tape. This is an easy way to make stripes without measuring.
Now I painted the stripes.
Before the paint dries, I remove the tape.
While the gray paint dries, I made a stencil using a piece of card stock and the silhouette cameo. I love that machine!!! It works just like your printer except instead of using ink, it uses a small blade. Note: card stock is not great for stencils! I use it when I’m making a “one time use” stencil. Otherwise, I use this 12 by 12 stencil sheets or this for larger stencils. The silhouette contains all the fonts and any new fonts you might have downloaded. If you don’t have a silhouette, I’ve added stencils you can order through Amazon at the bottom of the post.
Now that the gray paint is dry, covered it up with more painters tape.
I used this spray adhesive because it’s temporary IF you wait a few minutes before applying to the surface. It’s permanent when applied just after spraying.
Now, paint the white areas showing through the stencil with the gray paint. I like these stencil brushes.
Then remove the stencil and the painter tape. This is not an oops! Where the petroleum jelly was the paint didn’t stick to the board, but does stick to the tape. So, just keep going and ignore those “destressing” areas.
Are you tired of painter tape yet?? Good, because we need to add more covering the cream stripes. You can see the gray partial letters through the tape. That’s handy because…
it helps when reapplying the stencil again. We shouldn’t need any more spray adhesive. Just position right where the stencil was before.
Now, just paint the cream paint in the areas that show gray.
Voile! DIY wood signs with stripes and striped lettering.
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