Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DIY Welcome Sign - Tutorial Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great day :) I'm very excited to share this project with you as it is another that has been on my list for quite awhile.

I've seen people make this sign a few different ways but I had to improvise a little. I was first going to go and buy the wood letters from Hobby Lobby, paint them, and then attach them to my board. Well...I never made it to Hobby Lobby so my next thought was to get them at Wal-Mart. A ton of other people must have had the same project in mind as the letters I needed were the EXACT ones they were sold out of! I was sitting at work yesterday and the idea to trace the letters came in to my mind. I pulled up Word and wrote out the word WELCOME. I played around with the size and font until I found something that I thought might fit. I settled on JasmineUPC size 800.

I printed them off and brought them home to see if they would even work. I honestly just used an old piece of wood that I brought home from my grandpa's house. It was the right height and width so it worked perfect.

 I taped on the letters and got my spacing right. Next, was the painstaking process of tracing every single letter, pressing hard enough that it would show up on the wood.

Here's a photo so you can see the faint outline that my tracing left. I used just a standard pen, nothing fancy. I didn't have any problems with ink getting on the board either. I tried to make sure I was pressing hard enough to make a dent but not enough that I was ripping the paper.

Then it was time to paint! I just used acrylic craft paint from Wal-Mart and it worked well.

The wood really soaked up the paint. I did a few layers just to make sure it was an even coat. If you are using newer wood you will probably only need one coat.

Here it is all finished!!! I'm so happy with how it turned out. It's going to look great with all the other decorations that are going on the front steps.

I'll make sure to take photos of it outside with everything else once it's all done. I hope everyone has a great rest of your day! If you liked this project, please leave some love down in the comments :)

Until next time.

Much love,


  1. Awww I love this!!! Love your dedication to those super tedious parts! The outcome was well worth all the work! Great job honey :)

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I love how it turned out and it looks great on the porch :) I'm having so much fun finally getting some of my projects off my list!!!

  2. I love this Liz!! I wouldn't have thought to print out the letters and then trace them to leave an impression in the wood...genius! I can't wait to see how your decorations come together! (and can I just say...I'm loving that door too!).

    1. Thanks Vicky! It honestly just happened that way because all the other options didn't pan out lol but I would do it this way again definitely :) The door was actually hand painted by a local artist and leads to the basement lol. I'll have to share a photo of that with it. It looks awesome :)

  3. So cute! I love this!! :)

    Arica, xxo