How to Make Your Own DIY Sign {Easy Tutorial}

Hey, hey!  Whoa, this week has been a whirlwind!  Not only am I trying to get back into the rhythm of life at home and work after the holidays, but I’m gearing up for a big announcement with my CHQ ‘sistas’ early next week (and the teasing continues) and I’m making the big move over to WordPress!  This blog has been hosted on Blogger since it’s inception, so moving almost 300 posts and tons of other content to WordPress is not an easy feat, but I trust it’s in great hands and that the transition will be smooth!

Having said that my dear friends, I don’t want to leave you without a fun tutorial this week!  So I dug out a guest post I’d done for my friend Heidi at One Creative Mommy a few weeks ago, for a DIY ‘Joy’ sign. This sign is obviously for the holidays, but with this easy to follow tutorial your sign can have any wording you want, so get your creative juices flowing and have fun!

{How to make a DIY sign), diy, sign, joy, red, christmas, holiday

4×6 Piece of wood (sanded down until smooth)
4″ Vinyl letter stickers 
(or use shapes, symbols–anything you want)
Paint (2 colors)
Foam brush
1 sheet of fine sand paper (optional), diy, sign, tutorial
  •  Paint the entire piece of wood in white using a foam brush,  and let dry
  • Place the vinyl stickers where you want them (use a level and a pencil to make sure the wording is straight), diy, sign, joy, glidden
  • Paint the entire piece in red (or your color of choice); you may need several coats to cover the white completely
  • When the sign is totally dry (overnight usually), carefully peel the stickers off
  • Go over the edges with the sand paper for a distressed look (optional)
  • Add a coat of polyurethane (I used the Varathane brand in a satin finish)
You can add a hook on the back to hang it, or you can opt to just lean it like I did, on my mantel for the holidays., diy, sign, holiday

Seriously it just can’t get easier than this DIY sign tutorial.  I’d love to see your version of it! If you try it, link up a pic or post on my Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google+ pages.  While you’re at it, check out my boards on Pinterest!

Happy crafting!


  1. says

    Hi Barbara, great timing on this post! I woke up this morning with the idea that I wanted to create a sign for my mantel. :) Planning to take Christmas decorations down this weekend and I want to do something different instead of what I usually use.

    I’ll link a post when I’m done. Pinning!

    Roxana @ fourelevenrox

  2. says

    Good luck with the move to WordPress. I just recently made the move and it was definitely a little nervewracking at first. BUT, it all went well in the end and I love it.

    The sign is really cute. Sometimes the simplest things make such a big impact.

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