Christmas Day is getting closer and closer, but my urge to decorate for the holiday does not seem to be slowing down. For my last Holiday DIY I have decided to create a wooden Christmas sign to go on my mantle! I've had my mantle decorated for weeks with garland draped over it, wrapped in battery operated lights, and stockings hanging and just waiting. However, I have been staring at my mantle and thinking "It just needs something more." The thing is our TV is hung above our fireplace and I was staring at this blank space of just white wall between my decorated mantle and the TV. I wanted to fill that space, and what better way to do that than with a festive Christmas sign.
Here is ALL that I needed:
- Print Out Of Christmas Saying
- Sand Paper / Sander
- Wood Stain
- White Chalk Pencil
- White Paint
- X-Acto Knife
Step One: Prep Your Wood
I chose to just use some scrap wood I had in my garage, but to give you an idea of size my wood piece was 19" x 11". You'll want to measure out the space you are planning on decorating with your Christmas sign and determine how large your sign should be. This will also effect the size of your stencil that your create and print out. Once you have your wood that you'll be using for your sign, sand it down and stain it! If you are planing on painting the words of your saying in white ( like me ), be sure to stain the wood in a dark finish.
Step Two: What To Say
Next, you will want to figure out what you want your sign to say. It can say "Baby It's Cold Outside", "Merry and Bright", "A Merry Little Christmas", really the options are endless. My fiancé decided that he wanted our Christmas sign to say "Meet Me Under The Mistletoe". Now that I knew what the sign was going to say, I needed to create the "stencil" for it ( if only I had the skill of calligraphy ). For this, I used Photoshop so that I could increase the size of my Christmas sign to larger than an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.
If you want the same saying as me and want to skip all the trouble of making your own stencil, you can download mine here! Enjoy!
Step Three: Cut Away
Once you have printed out your saying, it is time to cut out your stencil. Simply follow the lines of each letter with an X-Acto knife. Take your time with it to ensure your letters are perfect!
Step Four: Lay It Out
Hopefully, your wood stain will have dried by the time you have finished printing and cutting out your stencil. If it is dry, lay your stencil across the wood and center it. Note that you will want to overlap the pages of your stencil so that the words are lined up perfectly and continue without interruption. Tape your stencil down so that it will stay completely put.
Step Five: Time To Trace
Using a white chalk pencil, trace the letters of your stencil onto your stained wood. This will act as a guide when you go to paint your Christmas sign. Once you have traced all of the letters, remove your stencil and go over the chalk with your white paint. Do this very carefully, so that all your hard work pays off in the end with a perfectly painted sign. You can also do this step with a white paint marker, in fact that might be easier.
Step Six: Optional
It is completely up to you if you would like to then go over your sign with a layer or two of polyurethane to seal your Christmas sign.
Voila! Your DIY Christmas Sign is done!
Love ( or hate ) the way my Christmas sign came out?
Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments, I'd love to hear them!