DIY Rustic Family Sign

This nice rustic sign with our family name cost under $30 in materials and took only about an hour to make! It’s what happens when I wander the aisles at Walmart and find burlap flowers on the shelves. I made this for my mother for Mother’s Day and to celebrate moving to our new home in the country, but it’s a great project for any time. To put together a sign of your own, you’ll need-

wooden family name sign materials

  • Wooden board canvas
  • Burlap Flower
  • Super Glue
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Sponge Brushes (at least 3)
  • Alphabet Stencils
  • Flower Stencil
  • Sponge Brushes
  • Tape
  • wooden family name sign stencils

    For The Name

    I did the name in white matte acrylic paint. Look for a stencil small enough to fit each letter in the name across your board and make a line with the tape as a guide for you to follow as you put down each letter. Dab your sponge brush into the white paint (I did this on a paper plate as a palette because I’m extra classy) and fill in each letter stencil. The less paint you have, the less bleeding under the stencil you’ll run into. Keep in mind that if you’re going for an aged look, it’s okay to not fill in the stencil all the way so it looks like it’s had some wear.

    wooden family name sign flowers

    For The Flowers

    The laser stencil I picked up for the flowers was a plastic one so I taped it into place where I wanted it. I personally used a pretty floral stencil this time to match my mother’s kitchen, but I think this project would be great with a patriotic stencil above the name too! Using a new sponge brush for each color in the stencil, take time to fill each one in as much or as little as you want, keeping in mind that it doesn’t need to look perfect when you’re going for an aged look. For ours, I used Apple Barrel’s White (20503E), Parakeet (20740E), and Red Apple (20784E) in matte. Remove the stencil and let it begin to dry. This particular paint only takes about an hour to fully dry.

    wooden family name sign burlap flower

    The Burlap Flower

    I bought a pre-made burlap flower, but there are plenty of tutorials online to make your own if you can’t find one. For attaching this to the bottom corner, I applied a generous amount of superglue to the wooden canvas and also to the back of the flower, then pressed it on.

    All told, this project cost under $30 and I was able to pick up everything in the craft area at Walmart, so it was a really easy thing to put together in an afternoon. My mother loved it and it’s going to go perfectly in her new kitchen, in the house in the woods. If you give this one a try, make sure to show me!

    wooden family name sign hero

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    2 thoughts on “DIY Rustic Family Sign

    • May 16, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      Did you say the wood board was canvas or did you make a panel? I have troubling with leaking on real wood even if I put mod podge under the paint. Beautiful sign!

      • May 16, 2016 at 2:50 pm

        Thank you! I actually purchased this as a pre-made panel with the twine for hanging already attached for $10 at Walmart. It did a great job with not having a lot of bleeding other than the areas that I got pretty heavy handed.


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