Hello, Kenarry readers! I’m LZ from The Summery Umbrella, and I was so excited when Carrie asked me to share this gorgeous DIY Spring Flowers Wood Sign Tutorial with you. PLUS… there are two free video tutorials included so you can make your very own too! I don’t know about you, but I definitely love free stuff!
Just in case you’ve never stopped by my neck of the woods (aka. my blog) I love to share my three favorite things: DIY, Design, and Decor projects. You’ll find everything from farmhouse style signs in my shop to DIY coffee stations to hand drawn vectors for all of your crafting needs.
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With that being said, a few months ago I decided to share my tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the past 5+ years running my own shop about sign making in an eBook I’ve written called The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Signs. It includes 30+ techniques, suggested materials, tutorials, videos, and countless other handy tips to help you create the best looking signs for your own home!
And for today’s tutorial the below directions apply not only for both of these signs, but also for any that you plan on creating in the future.
Are you ready to get started?
- 1 – 1/2″ Cabinet Grade Plywood (10”x10”)
- White Satin Paint
- Sharpie Fine-Point Permanent Markers (in black)
- Acrylic or Latex Paint (in green and purple)
- Matte Top Coat Spray Paint
- 1”x Material (or 1”X2” Furring Strips)
- 1-1/4” Brad Nails (or Finish Nails)
- Brad Nail Gun (or Hammer)
- Table Saw (for Ripping)
- Miter Saw
- Wood Glue
- Clean off your plywood board. I like to literally brush off all of the dirt from my surface, and then use a damp paper towel to catch anything the brush may have missed.
- My preferred painting method is to use a 9” foam paint roller and cover. The key to success in this step is to use multiple, light coats. Typically I like to wait one hour between each coat, and usually only need two. However, use your own discretion if you’d like to add more.
- Between each coat (after each has thoroughly dried) I like to take 220-grit sandpaper and very gently remove any bumps that you may see.
- After you have finished painting and sanding it is best to let your sign “cure” for a week. I’ve found that (especially if you’re using vinyl stencils) you will have less pulled-off-paint issues. NOTE: If you’ve noticed any light scuff marks from your sanding on your last coat of paint, don’t fret! Once your sign is completed a matte finishing spray will even everything out.
- Next, I like to use a pencil or watercolor drawing first during this stage for reference. It helps me get an idea of what my sign will look like before I actually start.
- Carefully sketch out your drawing on your board.
- Then, it’s time to paint your drawing!
- After your paint has dried add detail to your drawing with a permanent marker(s) until you are satisfied with the outcome.
- Add a light layer of your top coat spray paint for protection and let it dry.
- Now it’s time to add your frame, and my favorite method to use is with a simple butt joint. This is two boards butted together.
- For this method use 1”x material (actual thickness is 3/4”). You can use a table saw to rip a 1X4” in two pieces, or a 1X2” furring strip can be used just as is with an overall dimensions of 3/4”X1 1/2”.
- First, cut two boards to the length of the sides of your sign. Attach them with a thin bead of wood glue and nail them into place with finish nails or brad nails (preferred) 1 1/4” long every 3 inches ensuring they remain flush with the ends.
- Then, measure across the top of your sign and side pieces and cut your frame wood to fit. Attach the top pieces in the same manner ensuring you put two nails in the the ends at the “butt joint”.
- If you have any overlap it can typically be sanded flush with a palm sander.
- Last, add hangers to this beauty and hang it up!
DIY Spring Flowers Wood Sign PLUS Video Tutorial
Thanks again for having me Carrie, and I hope everyone enjoyed the tutorial!! Please feel free to send me an email (LZ@thesummeryumbrella.com), or drop by my page for more info. I’m always looking for ways to help 🙂
Have a wonderful week!
Pssttt…. want to learn more about making your own home decor signs? Check out my new eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Signs, which includes 170 pages, 27 techniques, 35 projects, and 46 video tutorials (which is over 2+ hours of instructions)!
LZ is a country loving girl who has a hard time sitting still. She loves creating new designs that can be used on anything from signs to clothing to flower pots, and she shares them frequently on her blog.When she’s not running the Summery Umbrella shop and blog you can find her feeding her ducks and chickens, chasing the dogs, encouraging her daughter not to color all over her dolls, and then maybe reading a good book.