Most homes have a welcome mat at the front door, or something to wipe our feet on before entering. To really welcome your guests make this eye catching and inexpensive Easy DIY Welcome Sign.
I made this one when I did my Front Porch Makeover. To make it work for all seasons add a simple vase at the top for seasonal flowers.
I’ll show you how easy it is for anyone to make their own welcome sign. You can do it without plastic stencils or a vinyl cutting machine.
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- 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 size Mason Jar
- 4″ Hose Clamp
- Tin Snips
- Flathead Screwdriver
- Screwdriver | Cordless Drill | Cordless Screwdriver
- 1″ Painter’s Tape
- Silk Flowers
- Craft Pebbles or Glass Beads
Last summer I bought some fence boards that I stained for another project. I had one left over so instead of buying something 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 if you like that look.
Make your own Wooden Welcome Sign
Step 1: Prepare your board.
The fence board really soaked up the paint and I decided to let some of the darker areas show through.
I gave my board a few coats of paint and let it dry fully.
If you want your porch sign to have a reclaimed look be creative as you apply your base paint with the chip brush. Thicker in some areas and thinner in others to add that variation.
If you like the farmhouse look you could even distress it by giving it a light sanding.
Step 2: Creating your no stencil layout
While the paint dries go to your computer and print out the letters you need want for your Sign. I used Gabriola Font that came with Photoshop Elements.
If you only have MS Word you can use Lucida Handwriting which is pretty close. But 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.
Depending on the size of the board for your sign, print each letter on a separate sheet of paper.
Outlining the Letters without a Stencil
Step 3: Transfer letters to the board.
Layout your letters with the spacing that works for your welcome sign. Use Painters Tape and connect them together on the board.
Add more painter’s tape to one side to hold 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. You might have to go over each letter a few times.
Before moving on to the next letter lift the papers to make sure you get a good transfer. Retrace missed or too faint areas.
Step 4: Outline your letters.
When all the letters are traced we can move on to painting. I’ve said before that I don’t have a very steady hand for fine painting so there are some shortcuts you can use.
Start outlining with a paint pen. These things are great and much easier for me to control than an artist brush.
My board was bumpy so I worked slowly. It’s also best to work furthest away and trace toward yourself.
This will keep you from smudging the painted lines with your hand. I learned that the hard way.
If you do smudge don’t panic, just paint over it with white paint later.
Touch up any rough spots as needed where you might have “colored outside the lines” 🙂
Remember I said my board was rough? Check out the O below. That took some finesse and some careful painting with the craft brush but it looks great on the finished welcome sign.
Next time I’ll definitely use a smooth pine board 😀 Plus, if I was using vinyl letters there’s no way they would stick on this fence board.
Step 5: Add a dry flower vase.
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.
Hose clamps are easy to work with and a great way to securely hold the mason jar to the board. Add tiny pebbles or glass beads to hold the flowers in place.
Outdoor Welcome Signs
When you make a welcome sign for your porch adding some bright and cheerful flowers is a nice touch. I really love the pop of color these flowers add to my porch.
And since I used faux flowers I never have to worry about watering them..
This cute Welcome Sign is easy for visitors to see and feel welcomed to our home! I love how it turned out.
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 DIY Welcome Sign for your own porch?