Are you struggling with a tight budget and an aversion to boring, printout paper signs? Add a rustic touch to your wedding with these DIY wooden signs. They take a little bit of time to build (two signs set me back a little over three hours), but I didn’t spend a dime to make them.
- Scrap wood
- Drill or hammer
- Screws or nails
- Paper clip
- Scotch tape
Step 1: First you need to figure out the layout of your signs. Take your time and arrange them to suit your style. Play with it. You can have a single, or a double sign, as pictured above. You’ll notice that these signs are not lined up rigidly symmetrical – the signs are slightly off-kilter from the posts and each other. Personally, I feel this adds to the rustic feel. However, it’s completely up to you how you want them arranged!
Step 2: The next step in the process is to secure the signs to the posts. Some people like to do this after they’ve decorated the signs. I like to do this first, that way you don’t risk getting any dirt or wood chips on your designs. Also, if either your post or sign cracks/breaks, you haven’t lost your entire project!
Step 3: Once the signs are secured to the posts, you can start decorating your signs. To create contrast and a sense of uniformity, you can use the same color base paint on all your signs. This will make your signs complement each other, without matching entirely. To start, use a small brush to test your intended base paint on a small portion of the wood. This gives you a sense of how the paint looks and how well it spreads.
Step 4: After you’ve tested the paint, move to the larger brush, and opt for uneven strokes. It’s okay if the paint isn’t evenly distributed, as it gives the impression of an old-fashioned white wash fence.
Step 5: Once your base paint is applied, allow it to dry completely before you move on to the next step. You can either create your own stencils with paper, or you can buy them at the store.
It’s important to note here: spray paint works best with stencils. If you use the brush to apply the paint, dab it directly onto the wood. Don’t brush it on, or paint may slip under the stencil and mess up your designs.
You’ll note that I didn’t use stencils for the date underneath, only the initials of the bride and groom. However, freestyle can be tricky. If you’re not careful, you can get a little carried away with the sizing and placement of the numbers. To prevent this, create a free-form stencil. A free-form stencil is simply a box with the approximate dimensions you want the numbers to fill. Use it like you would lines on paper.
Step 6: Now it’s time for the embellishments. I opted for a border and symmetrical hearts. You can do whatever you like here: wedding bells, confetti, doves, etc. I chose to do them free form, but stencils are always an option if you don’t mind spending a little money on them.
Variations: the finished sign, a single sign on a single post, is only one option. As pictured below, you can have two signs on two posts, with or without the border – however you choose. The only thing you aren’t allowed to do is panic – everything is fixable. You can paint over mistakes, or grab a new piece of scrap wood. After all, it’s your special day.