Thursday, June 20, 2013

More Wood Signs: Love Is Spoken Here

I've just finished another small batch of wedding gifts. We get invited to quite a few weddings (since lovey is the bishop of our ward), and I wanted to find a personal, but simple gift to make for each of the couples. We give the sign along with a card and a little cash to help start them off.

I love to make these signs, and have made them with all different quotes and for different occasions and holidays. This one is a sweet little saying to display in the home, and may be particularly nice to have as the couple begins their new life together.

First, I paint the boards with a solid color of paint. These signs are done in pale blue and also pale green. I then made a vinyl stencil with my Silhouette machine, and painted the words using the stencil. So, the words are painted and aren't just a vinyl stuck on that might begin to peel at some point.

After the lettering has dried, I sand the boards to give it a bit of character. You can see the sanding on this sign below.

The next step is to wipe them all down carefully so that they are clean from all the sanding dust. Then, I spray them with a non-yellowing clear coat -- usually a satin finish.

These signs below are all drying after the clear coat. I have a stack of cups that I keep with my spray paints so that I can set the boards on the cups and they won't stick to the drop cloth.

After they have completely dried, I back them with decorative paper (to hide the paint mess that can sometimes collect on the backs). I do it in a patchwork fashion, and sometimes will use book pages, or maps, or song book pages... whatever I have on hand that seems to go with the fronts.

And then I add a sawtooth hanger, and voila! Done! Easy and pretty inexpensive. I have seen these types of board signs online for $60 to $70, and these cost much less than that!


  1. I love it. You are so amazing. Who wouldn't want a sign like that to help them start their marriage off. Lots of love. mom

  2. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  3. A few years back I fell in love with this wood sign sold at South Moon Under. I did not like the price tag, but my wonderful and always-spoiling husband surprised me with it for our anniversary a few months later. engraved wood signs