Make your own DIY Believe in the Magic of Christmas Sign with a free template, and a couple of supplies you might already have around your home! Without a Critcut or Silhouette cutting machine or a stencil!
This simple DIY farmhouse Christmas decor is an easy and cost-effective way to add a touch of rustic charm for the holidays.
I love these small wood signs for any holiday! They are really easy to make, and are the perfect size to add to any existing decor.
They also make amazing neighbor gifts for Christmas, or a mother’s day or birthday gift as well!
Plus, I’m including the exact template that I used to paint on this wood sign, so you can make your very own DIY Believe Christmas sign.
It’s easier than you think!
DIY Christmas Believe Sign
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- 1″ x 2″ x 8′ Furring Strip (you don’t need the whole 8′)
- 1″ x 6″ Common Board
- Believe in the Magic of Christmas FREE Template
- Paint and Stain (see below)
- Brad Nailer and 1 1/4″ Nails (Or a hammer and some nails)
- Sharpie Paint Pen
- Graphite Transfer Paper
How to make a DIY Believe Christmas Sign
- Measure and Cut the Wood
- Paint the Background and Stain the Frame
- Use the Template to Paint the Sign
- Nail the Sign Together
Step One: Measure and Cut the Wood
First, measure and cut the wood for your sign.
I cut the furring strips into:
- (2) 5 1/2″ pieces
- (2) 7″ pieces
And I cut the 1″ x 6″ common board at 5 1/2″ long so it made a square.
(Remember common boards aren’t cut at exactly 6″ or whatever it says. My common board was cut at 5 1/2″ wide when I bought it.)
Then I sanded the edges of all of the pieces to get rid of the splinters on the ends.
Step Two: Paint the Background and Stain the Frame
Next, I painted the 1″ x 6″ square with primer and white chalk paint.
I used BIN shellac based primer to prevent the knots from bleeding and turning yellow.
And I love to use chalk paint on my signs because it makes it easier to paint the letters onto!
To stain the frame, I used a homemade stain made from watered-down Valspar Antiquing Glaze.
Literally, I mixed a small amount of the glaze with a bunch of water until it was a really really thin consistency. Then I tested it to make sure I liked the shade of stain.
I love using a homemade waterbased stain so I don’t have to worry about fumes. But it also dries super fast.
You can use regular wood stain though!
Either way, let the stain dry completely before moving onto the next step.
Step Three: Use the Template to Paint the Sign
While the paint and stain are drying, print out the FREE “Believe in the Magic of Christmas” template. (see supply list above)
Then cut it out on the lines so it fits the 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ wood square you’ve painted white.
How to Paint Letters on a Sign with a Template
On your dry square piece of wood, lay the transfer paper with the dark side down.
Then line up the template so the words are where you want it to be on the sign.
Tape the template to the sign so it doesn’t move.
Then use a pen or pencil to trace the outline of the letters onto the wood.
When you lift up the template, you’ll see an outline of the letters!
Now grab your sharpie paint pen (and a regular sharpie for the smaller letters) and paint the letters in!
Get more details on how to paint letters on wood signs here!
Or you can also get wood cut-outs from Dollar Tree like what we did in this DIY Believe Sign.
Step Four: Nail the Sign Together
Once the letters are all painted on, let the paint dry completely.
Then nail the frame to the sign!
Attach your two short sides of the frame to the 1″ x 6″ wood sign. Then attach the longer sides to the wood sign and the other sides of the frame.
Get more details on how to make a wood sign here!
Check out more fun wooden Christmas sign inspiration that you can do here! We’ve also listed our top picks of Christian Christmas signs to bring the Christmas spirit while incorporating elements of faith.
You’re all done!! Enjoy your new sign!!
Pair it up with rustic Christmas decor to create a welcoming and nostalgic atmosphere for your home.
If you’re into the warm countryside aesthetic, here are farmhouse Christmas decor you can check out.
More Wood Sign Ideas
- Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Sign
- DIY Simple Christmas Sign
- Christ the Savior is Born – DIY Wooden Christmas sign
- Funny Christmas Signs
- DIY Merry Christmas Wood Sign
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