Welcome your, guest, with this simple Fall Wood Sign. This easy DIY project will look perfect on your front porch this fall.
Driving through our neighborhood I have notice these beautiful tall wood signs that say Welcome. I have thought many times I really want one of those signs.
Last week I decided to make my own version of one of those welcome signs. However mine simple says home.
I choose Home because I have heard many times that our home feels so inviting that it felt like home to our guest. I figured instead of welcoming our guest to our home why not welcome them home with a wood sign that simply said home.
Of course I had to take make the O with a wreath to add a little dimension to the sign. Let me walk you through the steps I took to make this sign.
To Make this simple DIY project I recruited my hubby for a little help. With his help my visions seem to come to light.
Describing that I wanted a rustic look, that I would be staining it as well as adding paint to it. We determined that it would be cost effective if we used pine boards to build the wood sign with.
A little confession I don’t like measuring things, I like to eyeball it . I’m great at taking my hand and holding it up to somewhere on my 5’6 frame and saying about here. Then hubby gets to guess how tall I really want whatever it is I measured for him.
This wood sign was the measure the same way. Steve asked me how tall do you want it and I put my hand up to my body to indicate the height. Which ended up being 54 inches tall by 11 inches wide.
Once we had the measurements figured out we headed to Lowes for some lumber. Like I said we decided on pine since I was staining it as well as doing a little painting. We found boards that were rough cut and as straight as possible.
Once we were home hubby cut the boards to the correct size that I had measured so effectively for him. To hold the boards together he used two smaller boards that were 10 inches long by 3.5 inches wide. These were placed at the top and bottom of the boards for braces.
Once he had the boards put together I did a quick sanding on them to smooth them out. I then stained the boards with a dark maple stain that I had at home.
Now it’s time to design my Fall Wood Sign
Making The Letter’s
Using my Cricut machine I cut out the silhouettes for the letters H, M, and E. I had other plans for the O. If you don’t have a Cricut machine then you can use stickers or even stencils.
I have yet to have success with stencils but I have done a sign using sticker over on my other site. My Come Gather sign was simple to make using stickers and stain.
Once I had the silhouettes cut out I placed the letters on the board to see about my spacing. It took me a little while to get the perfect size but each letter ended up measuring 7 inches tall .
To make sure that the silhouettes where stuck down on the board well I used my scrapper. Using the scrapper I went over every inch of the letters to make sure it was sealed onto the board.
I was still a little worried that the paint would bleed onto the board where I didn’t want it to be. To prevent that from happening I used Mod Podge.
Painting the Mod Podge on to the board where the paint would go. I really focused on making sure the sticker got a good coating.
The Mod Podge acts as a sealant and won’t let the paint bleed under the sticker.
Since this board is for the fall I wanted it to have a bright color. Going with orange I painted inside of the silhouettes.
At first I tried using my stencil brush but it wasn’t giving me the coverage or the look I was after. So I changed to a flat brush and had to use three coats of the article paint to get a good coverage.
Placing painters tape around the silhouette letters helped me from painting over the letters and onto the board. Once I had three coats of paint on I let the paint dry completely.
With the paint completely dried I peeled off the painter’s tape and then slowly removed the letters. The Mod Podge did its job well. Giving me the clean crisp edge without bleeding through to other parts of the wood.
Making A Wreath For A Wood Board
I have a thing for wreaths, I think they add charm to decor. So why not add a small wreath in place of the O for Home? Using hot glue I glued the wreath down. Making sure to put pressure onto the wreath until the glue stuck.
Now it’s time for the fun part, really all this was fun. I just really liked adding the flowers to the wreath.
Making sure not to go overboard with the flowers I tried my best to keep it simple but fall-like. Having some dried eucalyptus I added some at the top and bottom going different directions from each other. I love how it stands out past the sign.
It wouldn’t be fall without leaves and sunflowers. Making sure to kind of mirror the bottom with the top. I used hot glue to glue everything where I want it at. Like I said this was my favorite part of making the sign.
This Fall Wood Sign was simple to make I sure hope you enjoyed this craft.
A Decorative Home is Making Home Sweeter ~ Jen
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