DIY Mr. and Mrs. Signs

When Mr. Hawk and I first got engaged, one of the first things I obsessed over was beautiful wedding signs. Direction signs, reserved signs, it really didn’t matter. I bookmarked an obscene amount of “Mr.” and  “Mrs.” as well as “Bride” and “Groom” signs on Etsy. More recently, seeing the posts by fellow bees like Miss Mink and Miss Coyote did nothing to quell my obsession. But as our budget slowly rapidly started to dwindle away, I decided that it was a project I could definitely tackle on my own.


  • 2 wooden plaques
  • Ribbon
  • Sawtooth hangers
  • Paintbrushes
  • Primer
  • Paint

First, I primed and painted the plaques and let them dry. (You may have seen this coming from my table numbers post!)


Then I printed off “Mr.” and “Mrs.” in dimensions to match the plaques. The font I chose was Freebooter Script. To make a transfer of the letters from the paper to the plaque, I started by shading the back of the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” printouts with pencil.


Then I placed the paper face up on the plaque and centered it. I traced the outline of the letters (shaded side down) to create my outline.


The last step was the most time-consuming: paint! I learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to paint after drinking a gigantic cup of coffee (not my finest or brightest moment). I was incapable of keeping my hand straight, which didn’t exactly translate to optimal painting conditions. For touch ups, I used a little of the cream paint and if necessary painted the edges again in black.

I could’ve stopped there, but I wanted our signs to be able to hang from out chairs at the reception, so I attached sawtooth hangers. Then I tied ribbon on each hanger so that they will be adjustable when I attach them to our chairs at the reception.



I am really happy that I did these myself. Spending only about $12 to make both, I certainly saved myself some money!

Was there a project that was a big money saver for you?


Mrs. Hawk

Richmond, VA
Wedding Date:
May 2012
The Other White Dresses: Dress #1
Banded Together
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    amethystmeg 235 posts, Helper bee @ 1:12 pm


  2. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:21 pm

    These are so cute! What a clever way to do it too!

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 1:23 pm

    So cute! I think they turned out even better than the ones you can buy

  4. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:30 pm

    AWESOME! Your method is fantastic…the pencil shading thing. I wish I had thought of that. My back was killing me from using a projector and crouching on the floor to get my letters on my boards.

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    janaeesiss 285 posts, Helper bee @ 1:44 pm

    good job

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    BostonTerrier 70 posts, Worker bee @ 1:45 pm

    These look awesome! Having also been saving various Etsy favorites, you have inspired me to do my own! (And thank you so much for the brilliant transfer technique.)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:18 pm

    These are so cute! I love the way you thought to hang them from your chairs!

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    piratebride 72 posts, Worker bee @ 3:41 pm

    These are so cute! What font did you use? And what size did you have to print it in?

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 4:32 pm


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    mandigrl04 669 posts, Busy bee @ 4:47 pm

    I might have to do this! I made our monogram out of Freebooter script too!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:54 pm


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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:05 pm

    Thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to see them displayed at the reception!

    @piratebride: I used Freebooter script from and printed at 250pt. Hope that helps!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:22 pm

    Super cute!

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:29 pm

    These are so cute! They are going to look amazing at the wedding!

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    MasonJars 23 posts, Newbee @ 9:04 am

    I love this! I even went and bought wood plaques last night to paint this weekend. Question (and I think this is just my bride-to-be brain on overload) – I understand the shading from the backside of the paper, but how did that transfer to allow you to trace directly on the wood? I’ve been thinking about this since yesterday!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:36 am

    @MasonJars: Yay! I’m so excited that you’re making these as well!

    After shading the back side of the paper, I flipped it over so the typeface “Mr.” or “Mrs.” that I printed from the printer was now face up. Place the piece of paper where you want it on the plaque (still face up.) Then using a pencil, trace the printed letters. The pressure from tracing will transfer the lead from the shading on the opposite side of the paper to the plaque, creating an outline. Does that make sense? I probably should have included a picture of that step since it is a bit weird to explain. Feel free to PM me with any additional questions!!

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:34 am

    Ohhhhh I want your signs Hawk!! Sigh, still trying to figure out how to make it work with our venue chairs!

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    MasonJars 23 posts, Newbee @ 3:47 pm

    @Miss Hawk: That’s what I was thinking, but the clarification helps! Thank you!

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    cicijapan 263 posts, Helper bee @ 7:30 pm

    They look super professional!

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    jko108 26 posts, Newbee @ 11:05 am

    Love these. I’m trying to make my own flute glasses now to save $$. Haha

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    strawberryshortcake 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:13 pm

    What a great project! Love the idea of the pencil transfer – I hadn’t thought of that myself.

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