If you stroll through any craft  or home decor store lately, I know you’ve eyed the beautiful typography and wood signs that line the aisles. Creating your own one of a kind, do it yourself sign is so much easier than you think and the learning curve process might just be the creative outlet you grow to love.
I think he was tentative to answer because his mind was filled with all the projects that also made my heart pitter patter that are still waiting patiently to be completed.
My  mind raced to this easy tutorial that a sweet reader sent me, and after seeing all her gorgeous painted signs, I knew you would love doing it too. Often, we just make projects harder than they really are and we assume we need  beautiful freestyle hand writing.
So many of my friends have started their own businesses selling reclaimed pallet wood signs, and I am SO excited for them. If you want to be even more inspired, check out all the DIY Wood Pallet Projects that I’ve showcased!!
I love having words of truth hanging throughout throughout our home and this easy tutorial is the perfect way to personalize it. My sweet friend, Angie from Country Chic Cottage, shared how she did a dry brush technique.
I know this post is older but I wanted to ask, how do I know what font size to use in reference to the size of wood? I love the idea of making my own piece of art, however, my font size maxes out at 72 which is definitely not big enough. For those taking the vinyl lettering route… if you have access to a Cricuit, you can easily and quickly cut your vinyl with it. What type of paint do you use to write letters that doesn’t bleed on the pallet wood?
I started by digging through the scrap wood pile in our garage and found a good size board that would fit perfectly above the door.
Instead of applying the vinyl letters to my board, I used the outline of the design to create a stencil. Then I carefully lined up my stencils in the center of the board and pressed them in place firmly, to create a good seal to paint over. As expected, when I tried to pull up the vinyl stencil the paint wanted to pull up with it, and I was left with not so pretty letters. I added two sawtooth hangers on the back of the sign and hung it up in my kitchen over one of the doorways.
My Silhouette machine makes creating signs like this super easy, and the upgraded Designer Edition software really makes a difference!


Hey Liz, I wanted to tell you that I am so excited to be co-hosting the upcoming giveaway with you and all the other fabulous bloggers. There are a lot of great tutorials for wood signs, but I love DIY wooden sign tutorial that Rachelle made because I am 100 times more comfortable with a marker in my hand than I am with a paint brush. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
Hi to every one, as I am really eager of reading this webpage’s post to be updated on a regular basis. So funny about the soda top hanger, my grandfather did that 30 years ago with his “arts and crafts”! I just love them and have picked up quite a few myself over the years,  but what if you want something truly personalized? Granted, their signs are MUCH nicer than my attempts, but Jamie, from Mom School , shared how she makes hers if we want to give it a try. She put down her vinyl letters and painted over it, and then removed the letters to have the wood show through.
I meant to send you an email to make sure that was ok, so I hope it is.I just loved your post.
Do you use some type of sealer before writing on them if using the natural color of the wood?
I’m falling more and more in love with my kitchen with each step of this makeover, and this sign was a project I had been wanting to do forever!
I love the Designer Edition software because it has great rulers and guidelines to help me size my projects. I should have sanded the wood again before I applied the vinyl, because the slick surface of the stain didn’t allow the paint to stick very well. You can also find some great information on the difference between the basic and upgraded software along with some video tutorials. Super easy and only cost me the price of the fork and spoon (which was literally a few cents).
I looked on the internet to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site. We just need to try (with the help of great computer fonts, of course.) It might take a few attempts to get it to where you love it, but since we got the wood for free, this is an inexpensive way to learn. You can buy  Pattern Transfer Paper for Wood on Amazon or pick it up at any Hobby Lobby or Michael’s craft store.
Would you mind sharing how you did it or sending me a few pictures to include of both your table and night stand?


I would like to get some of these supplies from local businesses who are getting rid of it anyway. Typically, I always email first for permission and realized I took the liberty of doing it without so, but hope it brought you some traffic.
I just picked up like 8 old doors I’m fixing to antique out and just started making the wreaths. The bottom level of our home is a little bit of a maze, and I actually have three entrances to my kitchen.
I wanted to showcase the beautiful woodgrain of the board and make it look old and rustic, so I used the same technique as I did for my kitchen chalkboard. All I had to do was measure my board to see how big I wanted the letters and then create my design in the software by using the text tool. But I didn’t want to start over from square one since I had already started painting, so I just went with it.
If you’ve been considering purchasing a Silhouette, I HIGHLY recommend taking advantage of this sale! In those times, I don’t use carbon paper, but I will color with white chalk on the back of my computer paper print out (color the inverted letters), and then place that down on my board and lightly trace over. I have been wanting to make my own sign for quite some time and now I think I am ready to try it. I feel like having good signs and displays is half the battle when you’re trying to sell a product.
There is a couple feet of space above each doorway, and I’ve had visions in my head of rustic wood signs hanging in those spots ever since we moved in. I started with a coat of Varathane Sun-bleached stain, and once that was dry I added a light coat of dark walnut stain on top. You can use any of the fonts on your computer (I’m a total font addict!) and easily resize the letters to fit your sign perfectly.
If you have good signs and your product is well displayed, customers are more likely to be drawn to it, you know?
I don’t use the Silhouette but rather, just print the letters on my laser printer and trace them. And apparently I’m late on the Eat sign bandwagon because she originally posted that back in November of 2012!



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