It's hard to miss that rustic wood signs for home décor have become hugely popular. However, one of the downfalls of jumping in on this trend, is that these signs can get quite expensive for something so simple. So, why not make our own handmade custom wood sign?
First, stop by your favorite home improvement store and pick out your lumber. An easy, inexpensive choice is a whitewood board that’s already cut to 12 in. x 4 ft. This sizing fit great in my compact car and there was no need to risk losing fingers chopping the wood to size - because it was already perfect!
The look I'm going for is a rustic, vintage look like I just found the sign in an old, abandoned garage. In this case, I wanted my wood a little darker. I used a cup of old cold coffee and dripped about a tablespoon of brown acrylic paint into a bowl then mixed it together. Next, I dipped a 3 in. wide brush in and painted the wood board. This gradually made the wood a bit darker without the stinky chemicals of stain.
Now, it's time for the letters! This gets a bit tricky. I didn’t want to purchase new stencils so I went onto my computer, picked the font and size I preferred, then printed the letters off.
Next, I cut the letters out and taped them exactly where I wanted them - double checking to make sure they were centered and not crooked. Do this the best you can or whatever your patience allows.
Then, trace the letters with a sharpie in whatever color you'd like. I went with black.
Since I wanted this board to look aged, I decided to add a little color in the background. I did this by adding some streaks of red paint with a scraper knife. Once your finished with this, let the red dry completely.
For the next step, I dipped my brush in a small amount of white acrylic paint and lightly went over the entire board including over the letters very lightly.
Once the white is dry, use sand paper over the letters to make the black lettering stand out a bit more. In addition, after this I added a bit more white in some areas I felt needed it. For a finishing touch, I added burnt red twine and brown hemp on the sides.
In order to hang this finished project, I utilized a staple gun to attach wire to the back.
Good luck creating your own custom sign! A fairly simple project that takes a bit of patience in my experience, but you will sure to be proud of your fantastic handmade work of art when done!