Monday, December 8

DIY Wooden Christmas Signs

We finally pulled our Christmas decorations out of the basement this week! Along with our old favorites, we added a few new Christmassy items this year. Some of my favorite pins on my Christmas board are of hand-lettered wooden signs. A few weeks ago when my sister was visiting we decided to bite the bullet and DIY a few Christmas signs of our own!

You only need a few things to make your own wooden signs, too!
  • wood (whatever sizes you like, we chose scraps from my garage)
  • paint (I used red and black for the backgrounds and white for the text)
  • a pencil
  • if you don't want to draw your signs freehand you could print text in your favorite fonts to use as a template

Step one was rummaging through my garage for leftover scraps of wood.We found a mix of plywood and boards in sizes that we could work with - mostly so we didn't have to get the saw out in this cold weather.

We brought all the boards inside and I gave them a quick coat of paint. I did one black, one red, and left one plain.

Then we had to decide what quotes we wanted to paint. These were a few favorites:

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas"
"A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices"
"Merry Christmas" on plain wood
"Baby it's cold outside"
"O holy night"
"Joy to the world"

But of course the beauty part of DIY is that you can choose whatever phrase you want!

Use a pencil (and a ruler for straight lines) to draw on the text. Don't go for a pen. That pencil means you can erase any mistakes and try again. If you're not up to winging it you could print out text to trace instead. Fortunately my sister was here to do the hard work for me and had these drawn up lickety split! Then it was just a matter of using white paint and small brushes to paint all the letters.

You can add hanging hardware to the back or just prop them up on tables or desk for an instant boost of Christmas cheer.

This black one is probably my favorite quote I've ever seen on a Christmas sign. It's a great reminder of the hope behind the season! We'll be hanging this one above our couch.

I also did a simple "Merry Christmas" on an unpainted board. I totally lucked out when I left this board laying in the yard for a couple months. It's beautifully distressed and even sports a few leaf prints!

So no fear! Pick up a pencil and some paint and give it a try!

These also make great Christmas gifts for friends and family (if you can bear to part with them!).

The brothers zipping around the house while I paint.

Have you ever painted your own Christmas signs? Or have you made any other decorations this year?


  1. They turned out soooo beautiful! I always thought it would be so hard to make them but you make it sound so simple. It's on my list!!

    1. Thank you! They really weren't hard at all! The only tricky part was keeping the kids out of the paint. ;) Have fun, and I'd love to see what you make!