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DiY holiday scrap wood sign: reversible hand painted decor

DiY holiday scrap wood sign: reversible hand painted decor

How to make a reversible wood stenciled sign for the holidays

Are you a collector of scrap wood? If so, then this easy DiY is right up your ally. Today I want to share how I made this simple reversible fall/winter stenciled wood sign.

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If you are new here, then you need to know that I am not a perfectionist. Sometimes it gets me in trouble like the time I extended our kitchen cabinets to the ceiling. Mostly, though, it works out fine like here with these Pottery Barn inspired shelves and here with a driftwood sunburst mirror.

This project begins much the same way.

I began by going through our scrap wood pile and found some cedar paneling pieces. This one didn’t require any trim work.

Then I hunted for some frame work scraps and found some 1x1s. I measured the sides and cut. Then I cut the top and bottom pieces to include the additional width the frame pieces added.

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Using wood glue and my awesome brad nail gun, I attached each piece until it looked like this…

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Next step was to prime the cedar paneling on both sides.

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Once that dried I mixed up some paint to create a more burnt orange. It took about two coats. When that dried I took my Walmart holiday stencils and added the pumpkin with a make-up sponge and white chalk paint.

Next was to hand stencil “Hello FALL” which took a couple of tries as I wasn’t crazy about my free hand printing. If you are not confident with hand writing, Google some simple tricks for how to hand paint letters.

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On the other side I pretty much did the same thing only to fit a winter decor theme.

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Once both sides were painted, it was time to stain the frame. I like to use an old cotton t-shirt. With that being said, I did use a small angled sponge brush on the inside edges.

Let it dry overnight and then hang.

Note: I didn’t seal mine. So far it’s been in full sunshine as well as rain and it’s held up quite nicely. If you didn’t use outdoor paint, you might want to seal yours with some outdoor polyurethane.

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Two signs, one piece of wood. Oh-yeah!

This project cost roughly ten dollars as I did have to purchase the stencils at Walmart. I already had the woods themed ones (the deer and diamonds).

One of the things I did learn from this diy wood sign project is to paint the sign first and then frame. You may have noticed a lighter area on the frame. That’s because I got a bit of the primer on it and didn’t sand to remove.

This scrap wood project has a lot of potential. What a quick way to change up your home decor. Maybe make some as gifts for say a wedding, anniversary, or birthday.

Don’t have time to make one now? That’s okay. Just pin it for later ;>)

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