Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DIY Wood Planked Sign

Paint: diy wood planked REFRESHMENTS sign

diy multi-color wood planked sign

Make this large wood planked sign using scrap pieces and bright paint.

diy handpainted multi-color sign

I recently participated in the Creating With the Stars contest where 12 diy bloggers were selected to create a project based on a certain theme.  Each blogger was paired up with a star blogger who served as a mentor, I got lucky being paired up with Becky from Infarrantly Creative and we actually won the first round with our knock off project: sliding barn door console.

Then came Round 2: Paint.

And we came in 2nd to last place :( with our family refreshments station:

diy family refreshments station

But I still love the giant refreshments planked sign and today I'm sharing the full tutorial so you can make your own.

diy handpainted multi-color sign with frame

bright Benjamin Moore colors

diy handpainted multi-color sign

How to make a wood planked sign:

- 1x wood scraps of different widths all cut @ 10"l
- 1/2" plywood (10" x 52"l)
- 2 - 1x2 @ 52"l
- 2 - 1x2 @ 11 1/2"l
- finish nails & nailer
- wood glue
- paint of multiple colors
- stain

how to make a sign

Step 1: Determine the size of your sign using brown kraft paper.

diy signmaking steps

Step 2: Cut enough 1x wood scraps at 10"l to make up the width of your kraft paper.  My sign measures 52"w.  I used 1x2s, 1x3s, 1x4s, and 1x5s wood scraps.

diy planked sign painted boards

Step 3: Paint wood pieces.

diy multi-color planks

Step 4: Determine placement of painted pieces then glue and nail onto plywood backing.

diy handpainted sign with computer print outs

Step 5: Print out letters.  I used Ariel Narrow Bold font at 600 point.

diy handpainted sign using computer

Step 6: Line up printed letters on wood boards, work from the center outwards and be sure to center letters top to bottom.

handpainted lettering without stencil

Step 7: Using a ballpoint pen trace outline of letters using heavy pressure.

handpainted lettering using indent

The pressure of the pen creates an indent in the wood.

handpainted lettering on planked sign

Step 8: Paint on and inside the indent with white paint.

handpainted lettering with shadow

Step 9: Add dimension to the letters with dark brown shadows.

distressing handpainted sign

Step 10: Sand to distress.

adding a frame to handpainted sign

Step 11: Add 1x2 stained frame using glue and finish nails.

framed handpainted sign with cleat

Step 12: To hang use a French cleat.


  1. Last place or not, I think it's adorable! So many possibilities too - you could make a sign like this for a kid's room, a basement bar, etc. Very fun - thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this project, Jaime! Thanks for always sharing such detailed tutorials.

  3. I loved it, I wonder why it came 2nd to last. AriadnefromGreece!