Make your own DIY Believe 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!
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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!
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!
You’re all done!! Enjoy your new sign!!