Is there a long, scenic drive leading to your wedding venue? Or maybe several turns you need to make sure your guests don’t miss? These rustic wooden signs are a fantastic option for guiding your guests to the right location. Of course, they have many other uses as well. Really, you can use them for anything on your big day—they are cheap, simple, and incredibly charming!
- Plywood board
- Krylon spray
- Paint and brushes
- Elmer’s glue
- Wooden stake
- Glue gun and hot glue sticks
- Drill and screws (optional)
Quick note: The drill and screws are optional because you can just as easily use the hot glue to attach your sign to the wooden stake. My father-in-law swooped in to save the day with his drill last minute in my case, but the other option will get the job done too.
Step 1: While you can certainly leave your plywood natural or paint it, I wanted a rustic look with my signs. I found this really awesome textured spray at Walmart. There are a number of different textures and tones to choose from. Ultimately, I liked this stone one best, but you should choose one that fits your style and theme.
Set out some newspapers or something to keep the Krylon from getting everywhere. Hold the can a few inches away from your plywood board and give it a good coat. It doesn’t have to be perfect; just use enough to give the sign some texture.
Step 2: Once your Krylon spray dries, you can use a pencil to draw on your words. Personally, I’m a terrible artist! So I opted to use my computer to print letters on stock paper, cut them out, and then use them as stencils.
Step 3: You can use any kind of brush and paint you want. Try to stay within the lines you drew, but don’t worry if you mess up. It’s also okay if your pencil lines are still visible. People aren’t going to be scrutinizing your signs as they drive or walk by.
I did two embellishments. First, I used Elmer’s glue to outline my snowflake and then sprinkled glitter on it before it dried. This created a nice raised effect. Second, I mixed some glitter into a bit of glue and brushed it over all of my blue letters. This made my blue letters stand out more.
You can bling up your sign any way you see fit. You don’t have to be limited to just glitter. Consider adding flowers, decals, or even pictures depending on your wedding theme. The options are limitless!
Step 5: Like I said, I ended up using screws to attach my plywood board to my stake, but you don’t have to do this. Using a hot glue gun would be fine, or you could consider purchasing some wood glue as well. Ultimately, do whatever is easiest for you.
And that’s it! Super easy, right?
I made several if these for my Winder Wonderland wedding. Here are some more examples to help inspire you:
There are so many options with this project and your guests will think they are adorable. The best part, however, is that you don’t have to worry about getting any big power tools involved and you still end up with a beautiful rustic sign for your wedding.