DIY Rustic Wood Sign Tutorial

Hello! It’s Ginger from I am so happy to be a part of the Craftaholics Anonymous® Creative Team this year! I love stopping by each month to say hello. Today I’d love to show you how I made this super easy DIY Rustic Wood Sign with just a few supplies. So let’s get started.

DIY Rustic Wood Sign Tutorial

DIY Rustic Wood Sign from #DIY #barnwood #sign

rustic wood sign

For this project you will need:

  • piece of old barn wood or fence board
  • vinyl lettering {I cut mine with a Silhouette Cameo}
  • decoupage
  • creme wax
  • old rag
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • sander & fine sandpaper

First, I sanded my board slightly, & then I cleaned the board with a damp cloth to remove any dust.


Then I cut the phrase “our happily ever after” out with my Silhouette & some scrap vinyl. I used the Isabella Script font. Instead of weeding out the excess vinyl like I normally do, I weeded out the letters. Then I applied the vinyl stencil to my board.


Then I applied a pretty generous amount of decoupage to my board. This helps seal the stencil & prevents paint from seeping underneath my stencil later on. Then I let it dry completely.

how to stencil

After the decoupage had dried I painted over the stencil with a thin coat of paint.

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Before the paint had dried completely I carefully removed the vinyl leaving the phrase behind.

stenciling on a board

After the paint had dried all the way, I slightly sanded over the letters to distress it just a little bit.

distressed sign To give a little more protection & a more finished look I applied one coat of wax using an old rag. All done! I told you it was easy. creme wax

I love how it turned out! I made this sign for my little sister. Her & her husband are moving into a new home in just a few weeks. She is so excited, & she wanted some help decorating. So of course, I volunteered. ;) I think I want to make another one for me, too! ha!

rustic wood sign

 Aren’t they adorable?

DIY Wood Sign Tutorial

Thanks so much for having me over! See you next month! If you can’t wait that long you can always stop by my blog for more cute & easy projects like this one. ;)

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  1. 1

    Love the decoupage tip! It drives me crazy when it seeps. Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. 2

    How do you get the inside of the like the “e’s” on there? did you put them back where they go by hand before you sealed and painted? Hope this makes sense :)

  3. 3

    Can you use Mod Podge instead of decoupage?

    1. 3.1

      That is the same thing. Mod Podge is decoupaging medium.

  4. 4

    Linda, I absolutely LOVE your sign! It is the exact project I have been looking for! What paint did you use for this project? Do you have any other wood painting tutorial?

  5. 5

    great tutorial – could you tell me how you got Isabella to print on your silhouette – mine does not come up on the list of fonts and when I paste it in it does not print! would appreciate any help thanks

    1. 5.1

      Nice job! Where did you get the original template for your phrase?

  6. 6

    How and where do you get the Isabella font?! I’m dying to know!

  7. 7

    Where and How do you get the Isabella font!? I’m dying to know!

  8. 8

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I love it. My daughter and her husband just had their first baby so I would love to make them one. Your ideas are great!

  9. 9
    Amanda Cooley

    Oh please tell me what font your used! I have been looking for a nice cursive font!! ?

    1. 9.1

      She used Isabella Script font.

  10. 10

    And… how exactly is this “painting on wood without a stencil”? Being that you used the vinyl cutouts. ….as a stencil. ? What a joke.

    1. 10.1
      Nicole Sykes

      My thoughts exactly! Ughhh so frustrating!!

  11. 11
    Cheridal Nicholson

    How is this NOT a stencil??? Why is it you called it a stencil!!??

    1. 11.1

      That is a misunderstanding. The image at the bottom of the post about not using a stencil is an ad for another blog post. In this tutorial, she did indeed use a vinyl stencil. I am removing the other image to avoid confusion.

      1. Kelly

        How gracefully you handled that!

  12. 12

    Wow, you really do a wonderful job detailing this process!! I admire your work, Linda :)

  13. 13

    Very cute! Thanks for explaining the steps!

  14. 14

    So, um. Yeah, that’s a stencil.

  15. 15

    Did you cut the entire saying in one piece of vinyl or in several pieces? I’m not familiar with the Silhouette Cameo, is it very similar to the Cricut?

  16. 16
    T. Bell

    This tutorial is great, but you named the tutorial how to paint on wood WITHOUT using a stencil and you clearly used a stencil. ???

    1. 16.1

      Good grief, she told you why in an earlier comment. Why be so rude. She gave wonderful instructions which I found very heapful.

    2. 16.2

      I was thinking the same thing so don’t feel bad. Seems that unless you have silhouette machine or an inkjet printer there’s no good way to get good lettering.

  17. 17

    What makes the faint look that the board is lighter (almost like a faint trace of wipe off white paint) behind the entire phrase and only there? Is it the sanding? Is there a way to prevent that? Thanks!

  18. 18

    Great tutorial! You made it simple.
    Pay no attention to the negative statements.
    You did a great job!

  19. 19

    Can you reuse the vinyl for another piece of wood?

    1. 19.1

      You could, but it would be a little tricky.

      1. Nickie Stoffers

        This is an amazing tutorial. Thanks so much. Some people just need to be jerks, ignore them! You are fabulous.

  20. 20

    That is a great tutorial. I’ve never heard about the mod podge step. Keep up the good work!!

  21. 21

    What is your “decoupage”? Modge podge?

  22. 22

    Which cameo version do you use and did you cut the whole piece of vinyl from one sheet or a couple words per sheet? I can’t tell how long your sign is but it looks full length, 36-40″

    1. 22.1

      Hi Mark, I believe she used the first Cameo with a roll of vinyl, not sheets of vinyl and so it was all one piece.

  23. 23

    Thank you for the suggestion of using decoupage to help secure the stencil onto the wood. I have been fighting the bleeding of the paint under the stencil every time. I have not purchased a Cricut or Silhouette yet…I have not decided which one is the best

  24. 24

    On the picture in looks like you put the decoupage on top of the vinyl. The directions say to put it on the board. Can you clarify? I want to do it right. Thank you

  25. 25

    Where can I go to have the vinyl printed and cut if I don’t have my own machine?. I love this!

  26. 26
    Annette Sughroue

    Could you email that font to me? I wAnt to make two signs one saying Blessed and the other saying Thankful. My email is


  27. 27

    Hello –

    Looking to do some lettering on a backyard sign. It will be a first.
    Can you help me understand the “Silhouette cameo” ??
    How did you get the lettering to the vinyl?
    Bill H

  28. 28

    Would like to know what brand of vinyl was used. Every time I try to create a stencil using vinyl I have a hard time transferring the vinyl off the white backing to the wood. It always tries to touch and stick together.

  29. 29

    Were do you find these letters for the stencil

  30. 30

    …you know this IS a stencil right?

  31. 31
    kimberly marsh

    I must be stupid because I did’nt get any thing out of those pictures and a few explinations but more questions. how did you appliy the vinyl to wood with the inside parts of letters like say the letter O, how do you get the center piece that does’nt connect to anything ?? did I miss the video or is there one avalible to watch? Would love to understand every thing. I would really be able to make alot of stuff I see or got in my head.