Painted DIY Merry Christmas Sign
The holiday season is upon us, and I am getting some handmade items made to give to friends and family. The rustic trend is still hot this year and using chalk paints and burlap is so much fun! This design is simple, and you’ll find the cutting part to be simple as well! After you make one, you won’t be able to resist making several more.
Paint Crisp Details on a Blank Canvas
Because I was careful to seal off the edges of the letters (see instructions), the detail is remarkable.
There are many places to buy sign blanks, and two main thicknesses (¼ inch and ½ inch). This sign was ½ inch thick and made from an 18” size round wood piece that I purchased from Twin Knobs Woodworks. The quality is outstanding; I cannot recommend them highly enough. Plus, they shipped super quickly. I don’t recommend a 1-inch thick wood piece; they are quite heavy.
I like the weight of the thicker ones, and they won’t tend to move as much when the wind blows. One great tip I read was to place some reusable poster putty on the back of the finished sign so that it will stay still when the door is opened and closed
Affordable and Common Household Supplies
You will likely have many of the supplies on hand already, so the total cost of this project will vary. The main cost was the wood sign blank for $11.75, the wired burlap ribbon (prices vary), and the chalk paints (prices vary). For that reason, I did not compute a total project cost. I did, however, do some intense thinking on the time frame you’ll need to set aside:
Make Wonderful Gifts!
I’m in love with these signs and have amassed another area of “stuff” for making many more. My husband is remarkably tolerant of our repurposed kitchen table, so that’s a plus. The hard part is figuring out designs and colors to use for them!
I hope you enjoy this sign project as much as I’ve enjoyed making it! May you have a healthy blessed Christmas season with your family and loved ones!
Painted with Chalk Paints
White, Red, and Tan Chalk paints (I purchased this kind; here are some other options that may be more economical)
18 inch x ½ inch round wood piece
Screw eyes (I purchased these 13/16 inch size)
Sturdy wire such as florist wire
Glue gun & glue sticks
Paint roller kit with frame, foam rollers, and tray
Large trash bag
2 or 3 old books
Fine-grit sandpaper block
Small throw-away food containers
Small artist’s paint brushes
Sign vinyl (note: not wall vinyl)
Clear vinyl transfer tape
2.5 inch wired burlap ribbon (shop for options at this link)
Artificial greenery such as eucalyptus (here are some options; I purchased this one)
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