Let’s Learn how to make These pretty DIY Inspirational Farmhouse Wood Signs with a cutting machine and some really cool fonts from a bundle from DesignBundles.net. This post is sponsored by FontBundles. It may contain affiliate links which, when purchased through, provide a small commission to The Crafting Nook at no additional cost to you.
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 mean to enjoy more and worry less.
You may think, that’s easily 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 arts.
I particularly love wood signs and triptychs so, why not joining 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 wood 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.
Would you like to learn how I made these pretty Inspirational Farmhouse Wood signs?
Firstly you need to choose your perfect bundle or fonts. I used The Love to Craft Vol II (which already expired but you can choose from many others) because I fell in love with the fonts they included and also a couple of designs I knew I would use soon.
Download the file 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 you need:
- Mostly Sunshine Font Duo from FontBundles.net
- Transfer Tape
- Cutting machine and Mat
- 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
- 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)
Preparing the Stencils
First of all, prepare your design and cut your stencils with your cutting machine 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.
Once cut, use the hook tool to remove all the surrounding and any unnecessary pieces of vinyl.
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.
Preparing the Wood for our 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.
Let’s Paint Wood
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 only kind of stains in the wood.
Clean each piece well.
Then it’s time to stain. I used a piece of cloth, I 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 dry overnight.
Dilute your acrylic paint 50/50 with water and then paint your wood. Again no need 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.
Let’s Stencil the Farmhouse 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.
I used dry brush technique for this step because I wanted to get a more rustic imperfect effect of 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, 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.
The give it a sanding to smooth the surface and clean it well.
Time to 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.
To make sure the pieces are in the right position, place the pieces on the wood sign and then apply wood glue and 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 sides 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.
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.
What do you think?