Do you have an awkward space in your home you never know what to do about? My front porch is that space for me (okay- and my tiny backyard)! Porch isn’t really even the right word. It’s more like an alcove. To make matters worse, our house sits atop a hill and front alcove is barely visible from the road. Still- I want it to look festive for fall without breaking the bank. I have tried several different porch decor options but this year I stepped away from traditional fall, and embraced a more farmhouse style complete with bunting, fence posts, and a DIY Welcome Sign!
While I was scouring Pinterest for some front porch pinspiration I repeatedly saw large wooden signs with inviting words or phrases to welcome guests. I knew this had to be my first project for my alcove. I love the way it turned out and may leave it out year round! And because I have had several people ask how I made my own DIY Welcome Sign, I thought I would share a quick tutorial. It’s super simple and budget-friendly.
WARNING: This is an addictive little trick. Now that I have this little trick for hand lettering I make all my own pallet signs instead of buying them! Great for your budget… but make sure you have some kid-free time!
DIY Welcome Sign
- 1/4 ” plywood
- wood stain
- computer printer
- printer paper
- pen or pencil
1-Choose your wood size and shape. I chose to use a solid piece of cheapo, 1/4 inch plywood I had in my garage. (If you want more of a barnwood/pallet look check out this post on my Faux Pallet Frames to get the look.)
2-Pick your paint colors. I used Rainwater by Behr. It was on the “oops” rack at Home Depot! I always check their paint selection before having my own paint mixed.
3-Slap the paint on your board.
4-Use sandpaper to sand down edges and various places on the wood. This will help our stain stick to the wood and give a more rustic feel to your sign.
5-Apply a light coat of stain around the edges and wipe away. I applied a minimal amount of stain using a sponge and it was all I needed for the entire sign. If you end up with more stain than you want you can always sand it down a bit or simply let it dry and paint over it! Paint is VERY forgiving.
6-Now for the fun part!
7-Choose a font you love on your computer (I chose Earl Gray. It’s a free, downloadable font from Angie Makes)
8-Determine how large your letters can be and print them on printer paper. I chose to do 1 letter per page for this vertical sign.
9-Color the back of the computer paper with chalk.
10-Place your paper chalk-side down onto the wood.
11-Using your pen or pencil (I used a mechanical pencil with no lead), trace the outline of your letters. The chalk will leave a stencil on your wood that can be painted over or washed away.
12-Fill in the letters with paint.
13-Once paint is dry you can sand over letters to give them a distressed look as well!
So easy right?
How do you get festive for fall?
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