I saw the Sign! DIY Wooden Welcome signs

I’ve been feeling crafty lately, so I decided to take on a project. Since wooden welcome signs seem to be a popular decoration trend, I took a shot at it. I made two to give as gifts and I’m really happy with the way they turned out!

Below is a step-by-step guide on how I created them. Every step can be altered based on preference. I only decorated one side of the wood, but I’ve seen other examples of both sides decorated with different themes and sayings.

Supplies

  • Wood board
  • Sand paper
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint pen
  • Letters
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Rust-Oleum topcoat spray
  • Decorations (burlap ribbon, artificial flowers, etc.)

*I found all my supplies at Michaels and Lowes.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step One: Smooth the Edges
Sand all sides and edges of the wood to ensure a smooth surface.

Step Two: Paint!
Choose a background color and paint the wood in it’s entirety (front, back, sides). If you want the grain of the wood to show, use a wash technique. The paint also goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave brush stroke marks. There are different ways to use this technique; I soaked the brush in water, dipped it into a small amount of paint, and then painted it on the board.

Next, paint the letters. I didn’t use the wash technique because I wanted them to be bold and stand out. I bought 3D letters, but you can also paint the letters right on the board.

*Paw print: For one of my signs, I replaced the letter “O” with a paw print. It was actually easier than I expected. I printed a design I liked, cut it out, and then traced it with pencil on the board. Next, I traced the outline with a paint pen, and then used a paint brush and regular paint to fill it in. I painted on multiple coats to ensure the background color wouldn’t show through.

Step Three: Secure the Letters
Use wood glue to place the letters and screw them in to secure them further. I touched up the paint after screwing them in. You can also fill the holes with putty.

Step Four: Prepare for the Outdoors
For signs being placed outside, spray a protective topcoat on it. Make sure it’s for the outdoors and spray multiple coats. I used a Rust-oleum clear durable topcoat with a semi-gloss finish.

Step Five: Design your Sign
Add a decoration to spruce up the sign. I formed different burlap ribbon into bows for the top of mine.
*If your decorations are painted or need to be protected from outdoor elements, they should be put on before spraying the protective topcoat.

Step Six: Put it on Display
Find a place for your sign and welcome in your guests!

Overall, making the signs was a fun process. I recommend it to anyone who wants one for themselves or wants to give one as a gift. Leave a comment below if you have any questions!

Shoutout to my Dad, Mom, and Grandma for helping out with some elements!

Harry & Hermione

Your Last-Minute, DIY Guide to a Magical Halloween Costume

One more day until Halloween, which means time is running out to plan and execute an extravagant costume. My costume ideas usually stem from clothing items and accessories I already have, before I resort to shopping. I’ve found it to be a useful technique for when I fail to plan ahead and/or don’t want to overspend on a costume. Couple costumes can be a little more difficult to coordinate, but you’d be surprised how creative you can be!

Last year, Chris and I managed to pull off Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, in only a couple of days. AND, we won “Best Couple Costume” at our friend’s Halloween party. The stress of trying to find the perfect costume was relieved when we decided on something simple, while still conveying the characters we wanted to be. Sometimes less is more.


Here’s a guide on how we put together our casual Harry Potter and Hermione Granger costumes. Aside from Chris’s gray sweater, we already owned all of the clothing, so we just had to purchase the accessories.

Harry Potter

  • Lightning Bolt Scar *
  • Circular Glasses*
  • White Collared Shirt
  • Gryffindor Tie*
  • Gray Sweater
  • Gryffindor Patch*
  • Black Dress Pants
  • Black Shoes
  • Wand*


Hermione Granger

  • Wavy Hair
  • White Collared Shirt
  • Gryffindor Tie*
  • Gray Sweater
  • Gryffindor Patch*
  • Black Skirt
  • Black Socks
  • Black Shoes
  • Wand*


*Lightning Bolt Scar (black or brown eyeliner); Circular Glasses (Party City – $6.99); Gryffindor Tie (Party City – $9.99); Gryffindor Patch (DIY – print and cut logo, laminate with tape, use pin to attach to shirt); Wand (Party City – $2.99)

Of course the sky is the limit on what can be done to enhance these costumes. If you have the time and budget, you could add cloaks, Gryffindor scarves, Hedwig for Harry, a textbook for Hermione, the list goes on…

Happy Halloween!