Learn how to make these DIY farmhouse wood signs and download the free stencil art!
The idea for this DIY from my local flea market. One of the booths had a big bin of these rustic wood signs and I was so drawn to them! They didn’t have all of the words I was looking for so I decided to make my own and add a few finishing touches.
These cute stackable signs are easy to make and pretty much free if you shop your garage or shed for supplies. I use a reverse stencil technique that lets the beautiful stained wood show through.
Below is a video you can follow along with and feel free to download all of the art shown (link in the Supplies List) if you’d like to make them.
Follow down to the end to see pictures of all the beautiful finished signs!
DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs – How-to Video
- 2″ x 4″ x 2″ wood board
- Dark stain – I used a dark gel stain in mahogany
- Paint – latex or chalk paint
- Paintbrushes and an old cloth
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Chop saw (or miter box and hand saw)
- T-square (or a ruler) and a pencil
- A cutting machine (I’m using a Cricut Maker)
- Cutting mat, scraper/weeding tools
- Adhesive Vinyl or Stencil Vinyl – to make reverse stencils
- Transfer paper/tape
- Download the Free Wood Block Sign SVG Files here.
How to Make DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs in 4 Easy Steps
STEP 1 – Stain Your Board
Lightly sand, then stain a wood 2 x 4 board with a dark stain on all sides.
Here, I used a dark Gel Stain in Mahogany. I love gel stains because you can get a dark, rich color with only one application.
I applied one coat of gel stain and let it sit for about 30-seconds before wiping away the excess.
Note: If you have an old board that’s already gray and weathered — even better! Use that and skip the staining.
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STEP 2 – Cut Your Stencil
Use a cutting machine to cut your stencils. If you’re using the free Wood Block Sign SVG Files (link in the supplies list above), the files have already been set up to the correct size for 2 x 4 boards.
Use stencil vinyl if you like but I just used leftover Cricut vinyl that I had on hand.
STEP 3 – Transfer Your Stencil
Transfer your stencil to wood using transfer tape and a scraper. This is a sort of reverse stenciling that blocks paint from being applied to the stained areas underneath your letters. See the video above for more detail.
Next, draw a cut line after each stencil to make it easier to cut individual signs later.
STEP 4 – Painting and Finishing touches
Cut your board into individual signs. Paint them and remove the vinyl stencils.
I used my Cricut weeding tool to help peel up a starting point on the stencil. The vinyl was easy to remove from there. See the video above for a more detailed look.
Last, use sandpaper around the edges to give your signs a distressed look!
Photos of My Finished Wood Signs
Here are some photos of my finished signs. I love how they came out and now I have a bunch to celebrate the seasons!
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