Most homes have a welcome mat at the front door, or at least something to wipe our feet on before entering. But how many mats truly get noticed by guests? They’re meant to be walked on after all. They might be seen at a glance but if you really want to welcome your guests you need something a little easier to see and eye catching too. That’s why I decided to make a Welcome Sign during my Porch Makeover.
To make it even better you can add a vase to update it for the seasons. I’ll show you how easy it is for anyone to make their own Welcome Sign because you don’t need plastic stencils or a cutting machine to do it.
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Welcome Sign Supply List
- 5′ Wood Board
- White Chalky Paint or Exterior Paint
- 2″ Chip Brush
- Craft Paint Brush
- Black Acrylic Paint Pen
- Black Craft Paint
- Carbon Transfer Paper
- Pint Mason Jar
- 4″ Hose Clamp
- Tin Snips & Flathead Screwdriver
- Screwdriver | Cordless Drill | Cordless Screwdriver
- 1″ Painter’s Tape
- Silk Flowers
- Pebbles or Glass Beads
Last summer I bought some fence boards that I originally stained for another project. I had one left over so instead of buying something new I decided to use one for this project. Using a smooth piece of wood like pine would have made the project go much faster, but having a bit of a rustic look can be good too.
Use exterior paint if your welcome sign will be exposed to the elements. My porch is completely protected so I used some leftover Chalk Mix Paint from another project and gave my board a few coats. The fence board really soaked up the paint and I decided to let some of the darker areas show through.
- Be creative as you apply your base paint, thicker in some areas and thinner in others adds dimension. If you like the farmhouse look you could even distress it by giving it a light sanding.
- While the paint dries go to your computer and print out the letters you need for your Welcome Sign. I used Gabriola Font that came with Photoshop Elements but if you only have MS Word you can use Lucida Handwriting which is pretty close. Any font you like will be lovely.
- Do a little math to determine the spacing that will work best for your board. I wanted mine to have the flower vase at the top so my letters ended up being 5″ tall with 1.5″ space between each letter.
Outlining the Letters
- Tape them together with the proper spacing and place them on the board. Painter’s tape on one side holds them in place while you work.
- Slide the transfer paper under your first letter and use the plastic cap of a pen (or similar) to trace around your letters. Be careful not to tear your paper or let it move while you trace.
- Before moving on to the next letter lift the papers to make sure you get a good transfer. Retrace missed or too faint areas.
- When all the letters are traced start outlining with the paint pen.
My board was bumpy so I worked slowly. It’s best to work furthest away and trace toward yourself so you don’t smudge the painted lines (learned that the hard way). If you do smudge don’t panic, just paint over it with white paint later.
- Once the letters are traced with the paint pen start filling in with craft paint (or exterior paint).
- Touch up any rough spots as needed where you might have “colored outside the lines” 🙂
Remember I said my board was rough? Check out my O below. That took some finesse and some detail painting but it looks great on the finished welcome sign. Next time I’ll definitely use a smooth pine board 😀
Add the Finishing Touch
While the letters on the welcome sign dry it’s time to get a bouquet ready for the vase. Some silk flowers I’d purchased from the dollar store previously were the perfect match to the welcome mat. There’s no purple in the door mat but it’s my favorite color so I had to include it.
You can read all about the process of attaching a hose clamp in the post for making a Mason Jar Utensil Caddy. Hose clamps are easy to work with and a great way to securely hold the mason jar to the board. Tiny pebbles or glass beads are perfect for holding the flowers in place.
I really love the pop of color from the flowers.
This sign looks so great on my porch, now our visitors have a warm welcome before we even answer the door.
This cute Welcome Sign is so easy for our visitors to see and feel welcomed! I couldn’t be happier.
It really brightens up the porch too. I can’t wait to change the flowers with the seasons.
LOVE IT, PIN IT!
Now who’s ready to make a Welcome Sign for your own porch?