How to Make a DIY Rustic Wooden Sign

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Are you looking to add some style to your house on an affordable budget? This DIY rustic wood sign is easy & very inexpensive to make! Let’s directly get to the article.

DIY Rustic Wooden Sign

Step 1: Sourcing Your Materials

  • Old Pallets: used pallets are an excellent source of wood. The only problem is that they are awkward and large, and transportation will be complicated. However, the advantages far outweigh the bad – they are inexpensive, and the old holes made from the pallet nails add to the incredible rustic look. 
  • Old decks, fences, or barns: old decks, fences, or barns are also an excellent choice for a rustic wood sign.
  • You can also buy some old food from Lumberyard or Hardware Store.

Step 2: Size/Shape

The size of your DIY rustic pallet sign is entirely up to you and perhaps simpler if you already know what words or what logos or symbols will be put on the sign. Square shapes are the most common; just ensure you don’t have heavy or oversized wood, as it gets harder to hang. A standard “picket fence” style with vertical or horizontal slats in the front and two straight slats in the back to hold everything together is the shape that we must be looking at.

Step 3: Cutting and Sanding

Cut straight and correct. Remember the adage “measure twice cut once” for your rustic wood sign! Whether you are re-purposing/re-using old wood for your sign or utilizing new wood for the sign, you will want the end to look as uniform as possible, and the best way to do that is to sand the complete sign evenly. 

Step 4: Finishing

Paint is the most common option. Interior paints are made to be low volatile organic compounds (VOC) typically, so they are a decent choice when painting a sign that will be going inside. Use exterior paints if you want to place them outside your patio. Please give it a weathered look that goes well with the rustic theme we have in mind. Some families prefer wood to stay in its natural form or clear coat the wood, and if you are one of them, then leave the finishing part to a bare minimum.

Step 5: Add Logos/Letters

Vinyl lettering is an excellent option if you are doing a standard letter. Wood burned letters are a decent option if you have the proper tools and the experience in hand. Lastly, add a protective coat to shield your wood, and your work is done. 

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