Build + paint a custom wooden sign

Everyone’s making pallet signs these days, and you’ve probably seen them all over Pinterest. The idea is to take rustic barnboard-style wood and paint a word or phrase on it, and then hang it on the wall.

A lot of people are selling these — and they’re not cheap — so when a good friend texted to ask what I might charge for one, I told her I’d make one for a birthday gift and share the steps with you guys.

Now, this friend is a proud Cape Bretoner (so is her husband) and they love having dance parties in their kitchen with their two young children — who are almost-five and almost-seven, like my kids. She had her heart set on a sign that said ‘Our kitchen is for dancing’ and wanted it to fit over a doorway, but left the other design details up to me.

I started by figuring out what lettering to use. I headed to and decided I liked the cute curves of the Sweet Sensations font. It’s free to download most of these fonts (for personal use) but I don’t usually bother. I just type my phrase into the preview bar and then take a screenshot of it.

In order for the words to print out large enough for a sign, I have to break the screenshot into separate photos — otherwise the sign could only be as large as a piece of printer paper. I used the Paint program on the computer to divide up the words and print them on three separate sheets so they’d be the right size …

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home …

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3 Comments on “Build + paint a custom wooden sign

  1. Love this so much!! As a Cape Bretoner myself, we are always having “Dance Parties” in our kitchen 🙂 I just might make a sign similar to this for our kitchen ❤


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