If you like decorative signs, but you’re not skilled at stenciling or vinyl cutting, this simple DIY wood sign without stencil is a great option. It’s an easy, customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

 

Create a Wood Sign Without Stencils or Vinyl Cutters

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Materials Needed

Step 1-

Cut two 1×6 scraps to your desired length. This cut will depend on where you’re putting your sign and the phrase you want to showcase. Position the wooden letters to your liking, mark and cut to size.

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

Side note: The letter set I bought didn’t come with apostrophes so I created one by ripping a piece of another letter (pretty proud of that!).

Step 2-

Once the boards are cut, glue the 2 pieces together and clamp for a few minutes.

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

Step 3-

While the glue dries, paint the letters to your liking. I opted for a warm white.

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

Step 4-

While the letters dry, measure the height of your sign and cut the 1×2 scraps in 2 equal pieces for the sides. Set the vertical pieces on, measure the width, and cut 2 equal pieces for the top and bottom of the frame.

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

 

Step 5-

If you want the frame to be a different color than the background, this is the perfect time to add the finish on the pieces, before you attach the frame. I used this stain on the frame and black craft paint on the backdrop piece.

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

Step 6-

Attach the frame using a nail gun or hammer and nails. I love my battery operated nail gun. It was the first power tool I ever bought and I’ve made so many things with it!. Easy to use, powerful, and no compressors to worry about.

To attach the frame, begin with the side pieces, then add the top and bottom. I used 1- 1/4″ brad nails and glue all the way around.

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

Step 7-

And that’s it! Now it’s ready for you to glue the letters on! Easy peasy, right?

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

This sign looks so cute on my floating shelves. And my family likes having an easy and accessible hot cocoa bar in the kitchen.

If you like wooden decorative signs, but are not skilled at stenciling, nor do you own a fancy vinyl cutter, this simple way of creating a wood sign without stencil is for you. It's an easy customizable project you can create with scrap wood. 

I can’t wait to see what sign creation you come up with!

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Janice| Sawdust Sisters

Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

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