HAND LETTERED WOOD SIGNS

True story, we ALL see the cutest signs at francescas or Hobby Lobby and I would think to myself, “it’s seriously a piece of wood with some writing on it, how hard can it be to make myself!?” They don’t cost that much money but I enjoy little projects so I don’t mind taking the time to make things. {Then you can tell people it’s handmade and they like them even more!} I decided to really look into it and there are so many different tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest to learn from. I sort of combined a few different things that worked for me and now I am a pro – just kidding, kinda.

Step 1: You need to invest in a Jig Saw… this sounds scary and it looks scary but I promise you it’s like cutting a stale loaf of bread. Hold on tight! I purchased this Ryobi Orbital for $40 and it’s very easy to use! If you don’t want to do that you can have Home Depot or Lowes cut the wood for you, they will just ask for measurements.

I always keep it on the first setting, the saw moves quicker for a cleaner cut

I always keep it on the first setting, the saw moves quicker for a cleaner cut

Step 2: Pick your wood wisely! I never spend more than $6 on each piece of wood and they are about 12 feet long. Try to find ones that are smooth and straight, sometimes I stand there moving wood for 10 minutes. I lay them on the ground to make sure they’re flat. You can get any size, just depends on how wide you need your writing surface to be.

This skinner one is 3 inches wide… well close enough

This skinner one is 3 inches wide… well close enough

Larger one is a little over 5 inches

Larger one is a little over 5 inches

Step 3: You need to measure and cut your wood {at home} I do this all in the garage with a ruler and pencil. Once I figure out where I will be cutting I just start the jig saw confidently and focus on following the pencil line(s).

Step 4: Time to stain your wood! The dark walnut by Rust-Oleum is usually my go-to because you can do one coat for more of a natural color, or 3 coats for something dark and pretty. I usually do 3 coats! I buy this from Michaels Craft Store and it’s $12.99 however I use the 40% off coupon that they send out weekly which is amazing! I wear gloves and use a wash cloth to apply on the wood, you don’t need a giant gob either, remember less is more and you can always do another coat. It says to let it dry for 2 hours between coats but I usually wait 30 minutes and then add another. You can also sand them down once dry for a more distressed look but I get impatient! I usually let it dry for a few hours before writing on them. Here are some examples of 1 coat vs. 3.

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Step 5: Time to draw! I use a white colored pencil for an outline and then use Elmers Painters Pens, Ultra Fine in White. They have a lot of colors and you can order them online or find them at Walmart. They are always sold out everywhere so whenever I am by Walmart I run in to check. Let the paint pens dry for 20 minutes or so before adding another coat.

Sometimes I go too fast oops!

Sometimes I go too fast oops!

Mini signs for nightstands, end tables, etc.

Mini signs for nightstands, end tables, etc.

It’s hard to see but I have a “Hedlund est. 2015” at the top of the gallery wall.

It’s hard to see but I have a “Hedlund est. 2015” at the top of the gallery wall.

You can add hanging fixtures to the back if you want to hang them up otherwise they look super cute with a frame stand, as in the first picture. They make great housewarming gifts, wedding gifts or just cute little touches for your home. You should definitely give it a try, I find it very calming! Of course try at your own risk, I have never been trained for this so always be careful.

If you have any questions about anything just let me know and thank you for reading!

xoxo,

Richelle