Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wooden Sign, using vinyl as a stencil

After Christmas it's hard to know how to decorate.
I'm not ready to jump into the next holiday,
I don't want my home to be bare,
yet I want fresh and clean.

This year I made a personalized 
wooden sign using vinyl as a stencil.

wood sign, name sign, vinyl

I've made a few wooden signs lately 
and just love how they turn out.

So when my home was bare from taking down 
our Christmas decorations,
I thought a personalized wooden sign would be perfect!

wood sign, vinyl, black and white sign

I have piles and piles of scrap wood and 
leftovers from various projects.
It's actually kind of embarrassing how much
stuff is out there!

I was happy to pick a piece of wood 
out of my stash that was about 
14 inches by 40 inches.
I then painted it white with craft paint.

I used my silhouette to cut vinyl
with our name, the year my husband and I were married 
(20 years this year- holy cow), 
and the states where we've lived.

wood sign, vinyl

The weeding, or taking the extra vinyl 
off of the backing paper, 
is my favorite part.
I used contact paper to pick the letters off the backing,
then apply them to the painted wood sign.

letters, wood sign, black vinyl, white and black sign

I applied craft paint over the top of the entire sign.

I like the rustic look, so I don't care 
if the paint isn't perfect.
But if you'd like perfect lines,
use mod podge over the top of the vinyl letters.
Then paint over that.  
The mod podge seals the letters 
so the paint won't bleed underneath them.

peel off vinyl for wooden sign

Carefully peel the vinyl letters off,
revealing the words.

rustic wooden sign

I like things to look really worn,
so I sanded the letters and the edges of the sign.
The more worn, the better in my opinion!!

name sign, winter mantel

The sign ended up being the perfect piece
to decorate my mantel for winter.

I grabbed a few things from my stash to round out 
the decorations.

I like the look of these faux plants,
along with glassware, wooden and brass candlesticks.

brass candlesticks, wooden candle sticks, faux plants

I found this mini card in my stash
(my hoarding tendency pays off)
and put it into a vintage floral frog.

I wasn't quite ready to let the twinkle of
lights go, so I added some
to my winter mantel.


It's time for this month's 
Inspire My Creativity link party.

My friends have been hard at work 
creating awesome projects.
There are even some new friends here!

Check them out:

Shani  |  Sunshine & Munchkins
Ali  |  Home Crafts by Ali
Christine  |  Swordfights & Starry Nights
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Lauren  |  A Life of Love and Joy
Jaclyn  |  The Dotted Nest
Victoria  |  Dazzle While Frazzled
Sydney  |  Tastefully Frugal
Lindsay  |  See Lindsay
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
Marie  |  The Inspiration Vault

Then please link up any projects you have been working on lately.

An InLinkz Link-up

Also, come back next month for our next link party.
It's always the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

On February 14, our theme is Dollar Store Craft.
My head is already spinning with ideas!

linking up to:  The Creative Circle


  1. Such a super cute sign and I LOVE how you reverse painted it by using vnyl to block out what you didnt want painted.

  2. I love the farmhouse look of this sign. Makes me want to make one of my of my own!!

  3. I am seriously crushing on this. It doesn't even look handmade, which are my absolute favorite!

  4. Oooooo...another Cricut project to add to my list! I love how your sign turned out.

  5. Your sign is great, and I love the shelf too.

  6. I absolutely love this sign! Such a darling look and such a fun, personalized item too. I think I need to make one too!

  7. I thing it's very helpful for everyone who work on wooden craft


Thanks for your comments!