DIY Inspirational Farmhouse Wood Signs

Let’s Learn how to make These pretty, bright, and inspirational DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs with a cutting machine and some really cool lettering fonts! Here’s how.

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You know how crazy life can get, right? You probably know the feeling of life stress, work, kids, housework, etc, etc, etc.

DIY Inspirational Farmhouse Wood Signs

So, when things get so overwhelming we tend to let that take over our emotions and we forget that we are only humans and can do so much.

I’m the first one who is constantly pushing myself to the edge to accomplish an endless list of things and when I can’t, I forget that there are more important things than only work. Like to be happy, which means to enjoy more and worry less.

You may think, that’s easier said than done. IT’S TRUE. I struggle with this every day but it’s also true we should try harder not to be so self-demanding.

Because I know myself and I tend to forget that I wanted to have a reminder really close, to be happy. Because as hard as things can get we can still be happy and thankful for just being alive and having the family we have.

I easily get so frustrated and overwhelmed that when I see myself in the mirror, I don’t see a hint of joy in my eyes. It’s my own personal work in progress: BE HAPPY despite anything else.

While working on our Master Bedroom decor, I noticed that I had a section of a wall next to the window and right next to our bed that would be the perfect spot for wall art.

I particularly love wood signs and triptychs so, why not join the two ideas in one? FontBundles offered their project for any project I wanted and I knew right away it would be so perfect for some pretty inspirational farmhouse signs project.

They both (FontBundles and DesignsBundles) have awesome fonts and incredible amazing bundles packed with printables, SVG files, gorgeous designs, and more. I’ve used their products for over a year and I absolutely love them. Needless to say, this offer came at the perfect moment.

the deco room without the Pretty DIY Inspirational Farmhouse Wood Signs

How to make these Inspirational Farmhouse Wood signs

Firstly, you need to choose your perfect bundle or fonts. I used fonts from Font Bundles because I fell in love with the mostly sunshine font, they included in one of their bundles and also a couple of designs I knew I would use soon.

Download the font files to your computer and then install your chosen fonts. Open your cutting machine software and design your quote, I chose “Today I Choose to Be Happy”, so I read it every morning when I wake up. For this, I used Mostly Sunshine for Duo from that bundle.

Once ready, let’s get crafty!!!

Supplies:

  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Scrapper (credit card will do too)
  • 1/8″ plywood (size of your choice)
  • 6 – 1×2 @ Same height as your plywood (side frame pieces)
  • 6 – 1×2 @ Width of your Plywood minus thickness of your 2 side pieces (top frame pieces)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Grey acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Wood stain (I used walnut)
  • Piece of cloth
  • Sandpaper (I used 150-grit)
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails (3d) for the sides
  • Finishing nails for the back (about 1” long)

Tools:

  • Cutting machine and Mat – Silhouette Cameo or Cricut
  • Weeding tool
  • Hammer
  • Clamps

Instructions:

Step 1: Preparing the Stencils

First of all, prepare your design in your cutting machine software. In my case, I used silhouette studio. I mixed script font and San-serif font to create a pretty design.

Step 2: Cut your design

Cut your stencils with your cutting machine following the appropriate settings for your material and making sure the sizes will fit inside the frames. I used pieces of Vinyl I already had. Use your stencil material if you already have them.

Creating the DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs in the computer

Step 3: Weed out unnecessary vinyl

Once cut, use the weeding tool (the hook) to remove all the surroundings and any unnecessary pieces of vinyl.

Removing the vinyl around the already cut letters
removing the vinyl from the inner parts of the letter

You should get 3 vinyl decals like these:

Showing the vinyl cut phrase today i choose to be happy

Step 4: Apply Transfer Tape

Then cut a piece of transfer tape and place it over one of the stencil pieces. Use the scraper to make sure the vinyl sticks well and cut each stencil to be ready to transfer.

Placing the transfer paper over the letters

Set shtencils aside.

Showing each word with the transfer paper

Step 5: Preparing the Wood for our Diy Farmhouse Wood Signs

Showing the pieces of wood needed for the frames

Firstly, sand each piece especially on the edges to get rid of imperfections, especially splinters.

Close-up views of the pieces of wood for the frames

Then regardless of what wood you will use, it’s always important to clean it off prior to painting. This will not only get rid of any loose dirt and splinters but will also provide a smoother surface to work with. All you need to do is clean it off with a brush, cloth, and sometimes even with a damp paper towel works perfectly.

Step 6: Paint Frame Wood slats

Using a brush, dip the tips and apply rough strokes on the frame pieces. Forget about perfection. Just give each piece some harsh strokes. This is only to give the wood that weathered, aged look, so the more imperfect the better.

I started with white paint. Apply on all sides. Let it dry for a few minutes

Applying white paint on the sides of the frames

Then Apply grey paint the same way and let it dry for a few hours. It’s important that the paint is really dry.

Applying brushstrokes of gray paint on the side pieces of the frames
drying the painted pieces in the open air

Once it’s dry, sand it well until the paint is barely kind of stains on the wood.

Sanding down the painted wood pieces
All parts already sanded

Clean each piece well.

Step 7: Stain Frame Wood slats

Then it’s time to stain. I used a piece of cloth, dipped a small section, and then rub it along the wood. I like to damp the wood first and then remove the excess with another clean piece of cloth. You can repeat this step until you get the color you like.

Applying dark stain to the already painted and sanded piece of wood

Let them for a few hours.

Use a sealer or varnish to protect each piece. Let them dry for a few more hours or overnight.

Step 8: Paint sign pieces:

Dilute your acrylic paint 50/50 with water and then paint your wood. Again, no need for perfection since you will be painting again over it with white. This will give the dark look to your lettering.

Painting pieces of wood gray
Pieces of gray painted wood

Let them dry well and give them a sanding.

Clean the surface and give another paint coat. Again, give a good sanding and clean them well.

Showing the painted pieces of wood after they have been sanded

Step 9: Stencil the Rustic Wood Signs

Decide where your lettering will be and then peel the transfer tape off, making sure that the vinyl accompanies it.

Place the transfer tape on the painted wood. I choose to place mine on the bottom center of the piece keeping in mind where the frame would be.

Applying the stencil to one of the Farmhouse Wood Signs

Use the scraper to firmly adhere the vinyl. If I’m not using stencil material (like in this case) I first stick it to a piece of fabric so it loses slightly the adherence, otherwise, when I remove peel it off it will leave some sticky things behind. We don’t want that.

Carefully peel the transfer tape off, leaving only the vinyl on the wood.

Removing the transfer paper on the wood
Showing the phrase "i choose to be" on wood

Step 10: Dry Brush the DIY farmhouse signs

I used the dry brush technique for this step because I wanted to get a more rustic imperfect effect on the wood.

If you are not familiar with that technique, first put some paint on a paper plate and spread it out kinda thin, then take a dry brush and just get a tiny bit of paint on the end of the bristles.

Then just brush this along the wood and re-dip in the paint as necessary, but don’t get carried away because you want your brush to remain almost dry.

Repeat as many times as you need until you get the look you like. In my case, I wanted it almost white but still being able to see the wood imperfections.

Dry brushing with white paint one of the Farmhouse Wood Signs
Showing piece of wood painted white

Repeat on the other pieces. Let the wood signs dry completely for a few hours.

Showing the pieces of wood already painted white

Then peel off carefully your stencil pieces. If you’re having a hard time pulling up small pieces of the vinyl use the hook tool for removing vinyl. Still, be careful not to damage the wood.

Removing the vinyl from the fonts on the wood
One of the DIY Inspirational Farmhouse Wood Signs backing finished

Then give it a sanding to smooth the surface and clean it well.

All three Farmhouse Wood Signs backings ready to be framed

Step 11: frame your pretty Farmhouse Wood Signs

Showing the finished pieces of wood plus the hamme,r the glue, the nails

To make sure the frame would be strong enough to handle the curvy shape of the painted plywood, I first built each frame before attaching it to the wood signs.

Showing how the frame should be assembled

Place the pieces on the wood sign and then apply wood glue.

Close-up image of glue on a tip of one side
joining two pieces of wood end to end

With the help of clamps attach each corner of your frame.

Applying pressure on the tips with the help of clamps

Nail each corner together and move on to the next frame.

Placing two nails in the corners of each frame
frame ready

Then place your wood sign upside-down on the frame matching side edges well and nail it to the frame. 

Placing face down the piece of wood with the phrase already painted on the frame

Repeat with the other frames.

Joining with nails by the edge the pieces of wood

Lastly, install picture hangers on the back. I like these picture framing sawtooth hangers because they give you margins of error.

Placing the hangers on the back of the piece of wood
First of the 3 Farmhouse Wood Signs Finished.
All three Farmhouse Wood Signs finished on the table

You are all done. Just hang them and make your space extra pretty and special.

The Farmhouse Wood Signs decorating the wall in the bedroom

Don’t you love how these Farmhouse Wood Signs turned out?

Now every morning I look at it and remember that happiness is a choice and that I always should choose to be happy.

Crafting Tips

If you cut the stencil with a cutting machine, remember to remove the excess vinyl and transfer your design. Once you’ve cut the vinyl, you’ll want to “weed” the design with your weeding tool, which means removing the negative space to reveal only your letters.

Don’t forget those small spaces inside the letters, especially when working with script fonts. After your design is ready to go, you’ll use transfer tape to “pick up” the letters from the carrier sheet and then place them on your sign.

If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can still make this project using the pencil transfer method or use a sheet of carbon paper.

Print your design on computer paper. Turn the paper over, and scribble pencil marks over the areas where the text is printed. Place the paper on your surface (design facing up) and trace an outline of the printed letters with a pen.

The pencil on the other side will make faint marks on your wood. Remove the paper and fill in the traced letters with a permanent marker, Chalk paint marker, or black paint.

Also alternatively, you can order a custom vinyl decal on Etsy! There are hundreds of shops on Etsy that will print or cut the design of your dreams for you, in the exact size you like.

You can also buy stains from the home improvement store, and keep your eyes on the clearance section. Often you can find takebacks for a fraction of the original price.

You can use reclaimed wood to make this wood sign, wood scraps from a construction site, or even re-do a wood sign from a thrift store.

What do you think?

View from the bed of the corner where the Farmhouse Wood Signs are placed
Front view from the other side of the bed or the Farmhouse Wood Signs
Closer view of the Farmhouse Wood Signs on the wall

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have a cutting machine?

I have good news! You can order a custom vinyl decal on Etsy! There are hundreds of shops on Etsy that will print or cut the design of your dreams for you, in the exact size you like.
It is also a good idea to search according to what you are looking for. For instance, if you are looking for a mountain design, search for “farmhouse vinyl decal.” If the seller does not have the size, you need listed, ask if they can make it just for you. There is a good chance they will.
Alternatively, you can join Facebook groups like Cricut for Dummies or Silhouette Design Inspiration. Other members may be willing to work with you on cutting something.
Another option is to use the carbon paper method where you transfer manually the design to the wood sign after you dry brush and paint the letters.

Where do I get good wood for a wood sign?

It doesn’t really matter which type of wood you select – pine is fine, and it’s inexpensive. You can go to a home improvement store like Home Depot and choose a new wood base. They will even cut it for you. Also, check out thrift stores to see if you can find a sign that you can re-do. Ask if you can have scrap lumbers at a construction site and lastly look on sites like Freecycle or Craiglist – sometimes people are giving away lumber for free in your area.

Do you have to prime?

If you want the background of your sign to be completely white, Yes, make sure to use this stain-blocking primer on wood before painting. Otherwise, any knots (or random spots) on the plywood will turn the paint into a brownish/yellowish tint over time. But if want a more rustic farmhouse look, you don’t need to use primer, it will definitely end up with more of a farmhouse rustic feel.

Where can I put this farmhouse style DIY wood sign?

You can show off this gorgeous custom wood sign as part of your home decor in your, bedroom, bathroom, living room, office room, or in entryway. Depending on the sentiment you use, you can even put it above your bed in a horizontal display.

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DIY Inspirational Farmhouse Wood Signs

Camila Rojas
Let’s Learn how to make These pretty, bright, and inspirational DIY Farmhouse Wood Signs with a cutting machine and some really cool lettering fonts! Here’s how.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Drying time 6 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 30 mins
Course DIY & Craft
Cuisine home decor, woodworking
Servings 3 pieces

Equipment

  • Cutting machine and Mat – Silhouette Cameo or Cricut
  • Weeding tool
  • Hammer
  • Clamps
  • scissors

Ingredients
  

  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Scrapper credit card will do too
  • 1/8 ″ plywood size of your choice
  • 6 – 1×2 @ Same height as your plywood side frame pieces
  • 6 – 1×2 @ Width of your Plywood minus thickness of your 2 side pieces top frame pieces
  • White acrylic paint
  • Grey acrylic paint
  • Brushes
  • Wood stain I used walnut
  • Piece of cloth
  • Sandpaper I used 150-grit
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails 3d for the sides
  • Finishing nails for the back about 1” long

Instructions
 

STEP 1: PREPARING THE STENCILS

  • First of all, prepare your design in your cutting machine software. In my case, I used silhouette studio. I mixed script font and San-serif font to create a pretty design.

STEP 2: CUT YOUR DESIGN

  • Cut your stencils with your cutting machine following the appropriate settings for your material and making sure the sizes will fit inside the frames. I used pieces of Vinyl I already had. Use your stencil material if you already have them.

STEP 3: WEED OUT UNNECESSARY VINYL

  • Once cut, use the weeding tool (the hook) to remove all the surroundings and any unnecessary pieces of vinyl.

STEP 4: APPLY TRANSFER TAPE

  • Then cut a piece of transfer tape and place it over one of the stencil pieces. Use the scraper to make sure the vinyl sticks well and cut each stencil to be ready to transfer.
  • Set shtencils aside.

STEP 5: PREPARING THE WOOD FOR OUR DIY FARMHOUSE WOOD SIGNS

  • Firstly, sand each piece especially on the edges to get rid of imperfections, especially splinters.
  • Then regardless of what wood you will use, it’s always important to clean it off prior to painting. This will not only get rid of any loose dirt and splinters but will also provide a smoother surface to work with. All you need to do is clean it off with a brush, cloth, and sometimes even with a damp paper towel works perfectly.

STEP 6: PAINT FRAME WOOD SLATS

  • Using a brush, dip the tips and apply rough strokes on the frame pieces. Forget about perfection. Just give each piece some harsh strokes. This is only to give the wood that weathered, aged look, so the more imperfect the better.
  • I started with white paint. Apply on all sides. Let it dry for a few minutes
  • Then Apply grey paint the same way and let it dry for a few hours. It’s important that the paint is really dry.
  • Once it’s dry, sand it well until the paint is barely kind of stains on the wood.
  • Clean each piece well.

STEP 7: STAIN FRAME WOOD SLATS

  • Then it’s time to stain. I used a piece of cloth, dipped a small section, and then rub it along the wood. I like to damp the wood first and then remove the excess with another clean piece of cloth. You can repeat this step until you get the color you like.
  • Let them dy for a few hours.
  • Use a sealer or varnish to protect each piece. Let them dry for a few more hours or overnight.

STEP 8: PAINT SIGN PIECES

  • Dilute your acrylic paint 50/50 with water and then paint your wood. Again no need for perfection since you will be painting again over it with white. This will give the dark look to your lettering.
  • Let them dry well and give them a sanding.
  • Clean the surface and give another paint coat. Again Give a good sanding and clean them well.

STEP 9: STENCIL THE RUSTIC WOOD SIGNS

  • Decide where your lettering will be and then peel the transfer tape off, making sure that the vinyl accompanies it.
  • Place the transfer tape on the painted wood. I choose to place mine on the bottom center of the piece keeping in mind where the frame would be.
  • Use the scraper to firmly adhere the vinyl. If I’m not using stencil material (like in this case) I first stick it to a piece of fabric so it loses slightly the adherence, otherwise, when I remove peel it off it will leave some sticky things behind. We don’t want that.
  • Carefully peel the transfer tape off, leaving only the vinyl on the wood.

STEP 10: DRY BRUSH THE DIY FARMHOUSE SIGNS

  • I used the dry brush technique for this step because I wanted to get a more rustic imperfect effect on the wood.
  • If you are not familiar with that technique, first put some paint on a paper plate and spread it out kinda thin, then take a dry brush and just get a tiny bit of paint on the end of the bristles.
  • Then just brush this along the wood and re-dip in the paint as necessary, but don’t get carried away because you want your brush to remain almost dry.
  • Repeat as many times as you need until you get the look you like. In my case, I wanted it almost white but still being able to see the wood imperfections.
  • Repeat on the other pieces. Let the wood signs dry completely for a few hours.
  • Then peel off carefully your stencil pieces. If you’re having a hard time pulling up small pieces of the vinyl use the hook tool for removing vinyl. Still, be careful not to damage the wood.
  • Then give it a sanding to smooth the surface and clean it well.

STEP 11: FRAME YOUR PRETTY FARMHOUSE WOOD SIGNS

  • To make sure the frame would be strong enough to handle the curvy shape of the painted plywood, I first built each frame before attaching it to the wood signs.
  • Place the pieces on the wood sign and then apply wood glue.
  • With the help of clamps attach each corner of your frame.
  • Nail each corner together and move on to the next frame.
  • Then place your wood sign upside-down on the frame matching sideedges well and nail it to the frame.
  • Repeat with the other frames.
  • Lastly, install picture hangers on the back. I like these picture framing sawtooth hangers because they give you margins of error.
  • You are all done. Just hang them and make your space extra pretty and special.
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10 Comments

  1. I feel you when it comes to letting work overwhelm you; I am just like that and this post is really timely. I decided to make conscious effort to enjoy everyday three days ago.
    I wish I could be handy with wood, I would like to learn though. It would be fun and therapeutic.
    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. YES, learning to be happy with what you already have is an awesome practice and it also makes you open to receiving more in life. You don’t need to be handy with wood to have something like this, you can just write it down with pretty fonts and your favorite colors, print it out and frame it. Hang it where you can see it every day! however, if you love the wood style you can go to a hardware store and get the pieces cut for you and get some stencils and paint it however you like. This is the best part of handcrafts, it doesn’t have to be perfect! Crafting is so therapeutic, even when it fails, trust me, I have lots of fail crafts and I still somehow love them LOL.
      Sending hugs and love your way!

  2. I’m on a very fixed income but will be trying this . Is there a pattern for the afghan on the bed ?

    1. Daisy, Now I got it LOL. That is a duvet cover and I bought it. BUT if you are interested in making one it’s not that hard to make them if you have a sewing machine. I have a tutorial for a single duvet cover here on the blog and on Pinterest, you can find so many great tutorials.
      Thank you again!
      Hugs