Wooden Christmas signs are super popular for the holidays! There is a good reason though! They are an easy way to bring Christmas into your home. Instead of buying a wood christmas sign, make your own with this DIY Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Sign!
Get more DIY farmhouse Christmas decor ideas here!
Have you ever wanted a farmhouse sign, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money for it? That’s how I felt about this Farm Fresh Christmas Tree sign. I love the style so much, but I really didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on it, when I knew I could make my own Christmas sign for a fraction of the price.
So, I designed my own. And now I’m sharing it with you!
You don’t need any special tools or equipment like a vinyl cutter and vinyl. All you need are regular everyday supplies like an inkjet printer, paper, tape, and a marker.
Seriously. It couldn’t be more simple to make an authentic wood sign.
Plus, you don’t need to have any artistic ability past coloring in the lines with one color.
So let’s get started!
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Supplies for the Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Sign
- FREE Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Template 48″ x 24″ (get the 5″ x 7″ template here and the 11″x14″ template here)
- Inkjet printer and paper (just a regular ole printer)
- Chisel Tip Sharpie or Sharpie Paint Pen
- Scotch Tape
Wood Sign Supplies
- Plywood or MDF board (Mine measured 24″ tall x 48″ wide x 1/2″ thick)
- 2 Furring Strips for the frame
- White primer and chalk paint
- Wood Stain for the frame (more info below!)
- Nail Gun to attach the frame to the wood sign
DIY Wood Sign
Grab your wood from your local hardware store. This size plywood panel comes already pre-cut at Home Depot. You can also ask a worker to cut your furring strips down to the right size. You’ll need them cut into about (2) 24″ strips and (2) 49 5/16″ strips.
Measure your wood in the store to make sure it will all fit together correctly. Some of the plywood panels are cut with a little excess.
For the frame, you need to account for the 5/8″ (the thickness of the furring strip) overhang on both ends of the frame. Where the top and bottom of the frame connects to the sides of the frame.
Staining and Painting the Wood Sign and Frame
Sand the edges of all the wood smooth so you don’t get splinters, and then stain the frame and paint the sign white. If you’re working with plywood, it’s best to prime it with a stain-blocking primer so the knots don’t turn your white paint an orange / yellowish color. Then paint with white chalk paint.
I particularly like chalk paint for my wood signs because paint with a sheen is harder to paint on with a sharpie pen. If the paint is porous, like chalk paint, then it is easier to use a sharpie pen on.
It will likely take a few coats of primer and paint to get full coverage.
For my stain, I watered down some brown latex paint and then used it as a wood stain. I brushed it on, and then almost immediately, I wiped the paint back off. I like to use watered down latex paint as a stain for my wood frames because the paint dries very fast and there aren’t fumes like a wood stain. But you can definitely use regular wood stain instead!
While the last coat of paint is drying, print out the template.
Free Christmas Sign Template
I’m happy to share this FREE template with you! It was created for the 48″ x 24″ sign. Click here to print out the FREE Christmas Sign Template. (Download the 5″ x 7″ template here and the 11″x14″ template here)
Just remember that it is for personal use only!
You don’t want to print the template out too early, because we want the ink to still be fresh. I printed this template out and then had to wait a couple of days to use it. It still worked, but using a freshly printed template is easier.
Once the template is printed out, cut off the blank edge from the top and the left side of each page. This just makes it easy to line everything up. You don’t need to cut the top edges off the top row since you won’t be matching that edge up to more papers.
Line all of the papers up, using the little black line guides and the image to make sure everything is in the right place. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try to get the image as lined up as possible.
Use the tape to attach the template together. Make sure to not put tape over the image though. Just on the blank spaces.
Now place the template (ink side down) on your dry sign. (The frame should still be separate so you can easily draw on the sign without the frame in the way).
Center the template on the board and then tape it into place by taping multiple places at the top. You can tape on the sides and bottom too, but I end up wanting to lift the paper up while I’m working so I can make sure it’s working.
How to Paint Farmhouse Signs
First, we need to get the image onto the sign. Then we will color in the image.
Transfer the Image
With the lid still on, use the outside of the marker to rub the ink onto your sign. With a decent amount of pressure, rub the marker over the areas with ink. The ink should transfer to the painted wood. It won’t be very dark, but this will be a great outline for you to color in.
Transfer the whole image onto the painted wood.
You can also use graphite paper for a faster approach! Just place the graphite paper in between the wood and the template (dark side of the graphite paper, down). Then trace the outline of the design, and the outline will transfer to the wood.
Paint in the Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Template
When your image is transferred, you can remove the paper. You should be able to have a clear idea of where to draw.
Using a regular chiseled tip sharpie marker or the sharpie paint pen (my favorite is the paint pen), color in the drawing.
If you’re using the paint pen, you can test the marker on a scrap piece of paper or cardboard to make sure too much paint doesn’t come out when you first push it down. Then color on your sign until you need more paint. Go back to the scrap paper and push the marker in again to get more paint to come down, and then color your sign again.
You can use a regular sharpie marker too! I just find that it’s easier to paint larger areas with the paint pen instead.
Remember, you don’t have to be exact. And if you mess up, you can paint over it with some white paint, and then try again.
When your wood Christmas sign is all painted, use a nail gun to attach the frame to the wood. Make sure to not let the nails go up through the front of the sign though!
If you don’t have a nail gun, I’m sure some glue and clamps could do the trick.
Share this DIY template with your family and friends, or save it for yourself! Pin the photo below!
Happy painting friend!