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How Do You Make a Rustic Wooden Sign?

How Do You Make a Rustic Wooden Sign?

How Do You Make a Rustic Wooden Sign?

Well placed custom wood signs are a great way to enhance your home’s ambiance especially  with your holiday decorations. Depending on the size and intricacy of the sign, it can cost up to a couple hundred dollars to get one from a local boutique. With the pandemic keeping us all home, there is no better time to try your hand at making your own homemade rustic wooden sign.

Custom wood signs are fun to make and can be an exciting way of getting your entire family involved in a family project. 

So, let’s get started:

Materials You will Need

  • 1” thick Wood Boards (we used 1” x 8” boards we had laying around)
  • Screws (1 ¼” – 1 ½ ”) 
  • Backer Board (we used 1” plywood)
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood Stain
  • Pen
  • Printer and paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hanging Hooks
  • An Old T-Shirt
  • Gloves 

The Build

  • Start with the Boards

Cut your main boards into equal lengths, depending on the size of your board and the sign you want, you will need 2-3 pieces. If you want to make the sign look a little more rustic, and add some flare to your sign, you can cut these pieces into differing lengths as well. Next, cut your backer board into equal strips that will be used to secure the mainboard. To assemble all of the wood pieces together, screw the backer board into the main boards. This will create the main surface of your sign.

  • Sand

Your custom wood sign should have a smooth front and edges, but you can choose how smooth you want your sign to be. Use your sandpaper and some elbow grease to smoothen out your wooden sign. If you want your sign to have a really rustic and distressed look, you should work the wood prior to sanding. This includes scrapping, scratching, and burning the wood.

  • Stain

Stain the front, the sides and a large section of the back of your sign to make sure the stain covers all the visible areas of your sign. Tip: You shouldn’t stain all sides of your sign at once, after you have stained one side, wait for it to be dry to the touch before staining the other side. Once you have reached your ideal stain colour, leave it for 24 hours to completely dry.

  • Your Message

Select the message you want to display on your sign, if you have been building multiple signs as part of a family project, consider using all of the signs to portray a family significant message and hang the boards as a collage. After designing your phrase using a word processor, print out the words in the exact size you want them displayed on your sign. Affix your print outs to the wooden sign using painter’s tape. To transfer your sweet words to the sign, trace over each letter using a ballpoint pen and pressing down firmly. This will leave a faint outline of each letter on your wood that you can then fill in with paint.

Once your sign is dry, all that’s left is to figure out where to display your homemade rustic wood sign. 

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