DIY Wood Farmhouse Sign
It’s really exciting for me to share the latest Farmhouse Hens collaboration, each one of us is sharing a farmhouse style DIY wall art post. I really look forward to seeing what the other Hens are creating and this month is especially exciting for me.
Have you ever fallen in love with a particular craft or decor idea? DIY artwork especially the phrase artwork is my favorite, not so much because I love getting covered with paint, but I cannot wait to have a new sign.
This welcome sign is the largest art piece I have ever made with my cutting machine. I am sharing how to create a larger sign and work with larger vinyl designs.
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1/4 inch plywood sanded and smooth
1 by 2″ lumber
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Sticky vinyl and transfer paper
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Prepare the Wood
Cut the plywood to the size you want this sign is 17 by 34 inches. If your plywood is rough sand it and fill any knots. I purchased smooth plywood so I was able to skip this step.
Cut your 1″by 2″ lumber. Hubs cut the frame so that the long pieces fit on top of the short pieces.
The long piece are the same length as the plywood 37″ the short pieces are 15.5″. I suggestStain your plywood and 1″ by 2″ any dark colour you prefer. Let dry.
Design the Wording
Make the page setting 12 by 36″ and turn the view so its easier to read. The text for the word “Welcome” is Arial Unicode MS text with glyphs using size 72. The wording “to our home” is Cambria Math text using font size 238.
The first time I cut the design I did it in one piece like shown. It was very difficult to transfer to the wood as the transfer paper kept sticking to itself. To get around this divide the design into separate sections and line up the vinyl when your transferring the vinyl to the wood. I cut the design into “Welc”, “ome”, and “to our home”. It meant repeating the process 3 separate times but the smaller pieces were so much easier to handle.
After your vinyl is cut place the transfer material on top. Slowly peel the transfer paper off while applying the vinyl. Repeat this for the other pieces.
Rub the vinyl down making sure it is well secured. Paint the entire surface of the plywood white. Complete two coats letting dry well between coat.
Once dry slowly remove the vinyl revealing the espresso lettering underneath.
Build the Frame
Attach the frame to the front of your artwork using a nail gun or small 1 1/4″ nails from the back so they don’t show.
This sign is s larger than the purchased signs are. not to mention a fraction of the cost It is fairly easy to make as long as you are patient and give the paint enough time to dry.
Enjoy the rest of the Farmhouse Hens DIY Farmhouse Wall art posts. Would you consider making a larger farmhouse sign? Let me know in the comments.