How to make a diy handpainted planked wood sign with any quote or words you love.
Take a wood background and handpaint letters, words or your favorite quote all without a fancy vinyl cutting machine.
I made this wood planked sign for my in-laws beach house using a famous Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. I’ll show you how you can create your own handpainted planked wood sign using your favorite quote down below.
This is a great scrap wood project that benefits from all the imperfections like dents, knicks, chips, rough bits, knots – as long as the boards are somewhat flat then I say go ahead and use them!
How to make a handpainted planked wood sign:
- 3/4″ thick scrap boards
- 1/4″ plywood (big enough for sign backing)
- miter saw
- wood glue
- nail gun & finish nails
- computer print out of lettering
- ballpoint pen
- 7/8″w x 1/4″ thick flat lattice
Step 1: Cut 3/4″ thick boards all the same length, nail and glue to 1/4″ plywood backing or use two pieces of narrow boards perpendicular to your sign boards on the back and attach.
Step 2: Paint wood planks. I used a soft blue green. If you’re looking for something with more depth check out my friend Bethany at Reality Daydream post here on creating a rustic finish.
Step 3: Sand planks to distress.
Step 4: Print out lettering to fit and layout on board. Play around with various fonts. There are lots of free font sites out there plus the vast font styles already available in Word. It’s good to change up size and style to keep the viewer interested and engaged.
Step 5: Trace lettering using heavy pressure with ballpoint pen.
Step 6: The pen creates an indent in the wood.
Step 7: Paint on and inside the indent.
For added dimension paint a dark blue shadow down and to the right of each letter. Once dry apply stain to enhance the distressed wood then seal with clear spray poly.
To make a frame cut 1/4″ thick flat lattice pieces to fit and stain then glue and nail into sides of planks.
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