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Easy Hand Painted Wood Sign Tutorial

Hand painted wood signs have been all the craze since the wood pallet movement. You all know I’ve fallen victim to it too. I’ve shared a few of my own pallet creations like the Lucky sign and Irish sign.

If you’ve ever tackled a pallet sign project you know how much work it is, ripping, cutting, hammering… I had to find a quicker solution, especially one that could be done with leaving the tools in the cabinet. When I stumbled upon a $3 cutting board at the dollar store I knew my prayer had been answered!

Fun Welcome sign- create easily with Hazel and Ruby peel-able stencil

Last month when I was in Utah I had the opportunity to visit the home of Hazel and Ruby (a craft company that offers a variety of products to help you easily create awesome DIY projects, with a sweet vintage touch). The folks there were so nice they sent me home with a few supplies to try out, including two packs of stencil masks (Greeting Words, and Boutique Alpha) which are now available at Michaels.

Use a dollarstore cutting board to paint a wood sign

I wanted to create a totally unique project and these stencils made it SO easy. You could make 50 wooden signs in a snap with these stencils, you can wipe them clean and use over and over again!

Follow this Painted Wood Sign Tutorial to make your own

Easily create a wooden sign with reusable stencil masks

Simply peel the letters or shape from the plastic backing, arrange your letters on the cutting board as desired (I didn’t press them in place until I knew they were centred and evenly spaced), press in place, paint overtop using acrylic paint (I used a sample pot of County Chic Paint), peel the letters from the cutting board, I used a pointed craft knife to lift the edge. Wipe the letters clean with a damp cloth and return to the plastic backing.

Easily create hand painted signs with Hazel and Ruby stencil masks. NO other tools required, just a surface, and paint!

You can see the letters lift of with almost no bleeding!

Can you believe how easy you can make this wood sign?!

Fun Welcome sign- create easily with Hazel and Ruby peel-able stencil

This hand painted wood sign can seriously  be made in 10 minutes!

I added some We R Memory Keepers Enamel Dots to the middle of the cutting board sign to break up the phrase, the cool coral coordinates perfect.

Fun Welcome sign- create easily with Hazel and Ruby peel-able stencil

I love how this wooden sign turned out, you can hardly tell it was a cutting board in its former life.

Wouldn’t it be a fun sign for a shop? But my family is kinda awesome so we’re displaying it proudly.

Have you tried these new stencil masks? I’d love to see what you create. Hazel and Ruby has loads of great ideas, see them and more on my Pinterest Wall Decor Board

Follow Virginia Fynes’s board Wall Decor on Pinterest.

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  1. Thank you for this. What a great and easy idea! I think I could even make a go of it. 😉

  2. Heather Millar says:

    hmmmmm. this looks way easier that Silhouette Stencil vinyl! Better go try and find some masks! 🙂

  3. That’s really cute … might have to make one for my front door.

  4. What can I say besides, I love this sign Virginia !

  5. ishouldbemoppingthefloor says:

    Ha! This is great, Virginia! Love the colors and the witty wording! 😉

  6. This is totally cute! I like that you left the letters unpainted.

    1. Thanks Erin! I was happy with the wood showing too, I had thought about making it polka-dot, glad I left it!

  7. This sign is great, I think I need one too! The Hazel and Ruby stencils look so easy to use, I think I could even do this.

  8. Here is my list of things I love about this project: love the idea, love the message on the sign, love how easy and doable you made it, love how all of your tutorials are so easy to follow through your photography! Well done!

  9. Hahah! You are awesome 🙂 great tut, this would make a great gift

  10. This is soooo much easier than designing stencils, cutting them out on my silhouette, and only getting to use them once!

  11. Haha I love this! This wood be the perfect bday gift for my SIL!! Thanks for sharing at Tips and Tricks!

  12. I love it!! I actually say that to kids when they come over to visit our house. Ha!

  13. I LOVE this!

    And thanks for linking up with the Caffeinated Crafters!

  14. Very pretty and I love the easy technique! Thanks for sharing, I had never heard of this product and company before and I love hearing about new crafty things!

    1. You should definitely check them out, they are so easy to use!

  15. I love this sign and that you did it without a machine! I’d love for you to share your creativity at my Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party. Join the party each Saturday morning!
    ~ Ashley

  16. I Love the colors, and especially your witty saying!! Really cute sign 🙂 Visiting from Link Party Palooza.

  17. I love the idea of stencil masks instead of actual stencils! The sign looks fabulous. Thanks for joining the Caffeinated Crafters link party — hope to see you there next Tuesday! 🙂

  18. createwithjoy says:

    What a great project Virgina!
    Congratulations – you are one of our featured guests at this week’s Inspire Me Monday party at Create With Joy!

  19. laurascraftylife says:

    I love this! What a great idea. I had no idea you could get cutting boards so inexpensively. It makes a great canvas for a sign! Thanks for linking up to The Creative Exchange! xo, Laura

  20. You ARE awesome 🙂 This is super cute. I picked it to feature at the Do Tell Tuesday party today. Come grab a featured button, and thanks for linking up!

  21. Hi! I love the sign, and the use of sticker letters and words…the possibilities are reallyyy Endless!! I just had a question, though! I have read many a tutorials and learned the hard way, that you should take the tape (when taping words, shapes, or even edges you do not want painted) off while the paint is still wet, or damp, because the paint will peel up with the tape. I was wondering if you did 2 coats of paint, and when you peeled the letters off…it looks like they came off soooo easy, and I have had problems with my paint peeling up with my painters tape =/ Esp if I needed 2 coats. Thanks for posting the great tutorial! And, thanks in advance for/if answering my questions! Have a great Holiday weekend and happy crafting! =)

    1. Hey Marsha, Thanks for stopping by! I did take the letters off while the sign was still semi wet, that way I could wipe the letters off to use again. And I applied two coats of paint, but almost back to back, with only about 15 mins dry time between them. These stencils are incredibly easy to use! Have a great last weekend of summer!

  22. Hi Virginia!
    LOVE the stencils… going to order myself some ASAP.

    Question… what size of wood (thickness more so) do you use regularly for your signs?? We have lots of scraps left (hooray for home renovations) but wonder and worry some may be too thick? Thanks!

    1. Honestly, I use scraps. I just try to make it work, if its really thick I set it on a vignette rather than hanging it on the wall. This project is a cutting board to the weight was perfect for hanging on the wall. The stencils are really great, so easy to use!

  23. Lovely saying!! Can we use this saying, or is it copyrighted?

    1. No go ahead and use it, I’m selling some signs with it, but I don’t mind sharing. you could share a link love!

  24. How fun! Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things and hope you have an amazing weekend! I don’t know why I can’t see what I’m typing but hope it’ll show up for you 🙂

  25. Love that sign. The wood grain showing through is very nice.
    Thanks for sharing this on the #HomeMattersParty

  26. I remember how exciting it was any time my parents came to a school night like that. I love her alligator habitat ? I made a similar dino habitat recently with my 5 yr old who’s dino-crazy. Cool.

    And no, I’ve never been gifted with a yo-yo. Sounds like a fun father-daughter pass-time though ?

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