Everything gets personalized these days and you don’t have to have fancy machines to do a lot of that personalizing yourself. Let me show you a simple DIY handpainted method.
How to personalize almost any wood item using a computer print out. No fancy vinyl cutting machine required, just a steady hand and paintbrush.
Most pieces made out of wood can be personalized as long as there is a flat portion to paint. And you can make the personalization with just a simple computer print out. Scrap wood trugs, wood step stools, toy boxes, and signs are just a few examples of items you can make your own with a few easy steps.
This wood step stool is a simple build but you can also purchase a premade wood stool and paint it a fun, bright kids color then add the personalization. I built this step stool for my niece and handpainted her name. It’s a great way for kids to see their name in writing every day in order to start learning letter shapes. This step stool makes a great gift idea too.
Same principle applies to wood toy boxes. You can build a fairly simple wood toy boxes then make it really special for the receipient by handpainting their name on the side. Pick a pretty color or something that coordinates with their room decor and that toy box will be the best gift ever (according to the parents ;)) to help contain all the other gifts that make a mess around kids rooms.
How about a wooden trug with a handle and rounded sides, more like a caddy?
This version has more hiding power. You could use it for art supplies, crafts, legos, barbies, anything with a lot of parts and pieces.
I’ve made a ton of wood signs using the same computer print out technique. Completely customizable, you choose whatever letters and font you need and make it fit to your wood board.
The technique is very simple and straight forward, no fancy vinyl cutting machine required.
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Below I’m sharing how to personalize with paint on almost any wood object. Be sure to read through all the steps first before you begin in order to understand the project.
- wood object
- computer print out of lettering
- ballpoint pen
- acrylic craft paint
Step 1: Print out desired letters (font shown here is American Typewriter) and line up printout on wood object. Using a ballpoint pen trace outline of letters with heavy pressure. The pressure of the pen creates a slight indent in the wood.
Step 2: Using acrylic craft paint carefully paint inside the indent. The indent actually creates a tiny dam to hold the paint.
I use this technique on almost every wood piece I paint.
The look is clean and neat but still has that handpainted feel. If you love handpainting and the aesthetic then I highly suggest this technique. There’s something about a handpainted monogram that feels genuine and authentic.
This vertical Banksville sign below has that true handpainted look to it:
Wood and paint go hand in hand. Whatever your wood piece I hope you find a spot to add a handpainted personalization no matter how big or small. Please be sure to share your projects on social media and tag me! I love to see what others are making and painting.
Up next, personalizing with fabric and thread! Who wants to sew personalization onto zippered pouches? I’ve got a bazillion different DIY zippered pouch ideas for inspiration for your next sewing project:
Or if you’re wanting to paint on the personalization there’s a zippered pouch for that too: