Saturday, January 29, 2011

wooden wedding sign tutorial

Our wedding theme is rustic elegance and I think these are going to be perfect signs for guests out of town trying to locate our venue. Plus, the remainder will be for ceremony/reception decor.

I practiced on a sample piece of wood today to see how hard/simple this project would be.
I plan on finishing up the remainder of signs within the next two weeks.

Here's what you do:

First, measure the wooden board you are going to use. Adjust the letters to fit and cut them out with your vinyl cutting machine (i.e. Cricut). 

Next, peel out the letters the machine cut & keep the stencil portion on the original backing.
Apply clear transfer tape over top of your stencil and rub. Peel the vinyl backing off by pulling back the transfer tape gently.

Next, apply the stencil to your wooden board. Smooth out the air bubbles with your hand.
It'll look like this:

Pull back the transfer tape, leaving only the stencil behind.

Apply tape around the edges of the stencil to secure the lining & keep the spray paint from getting on the extra wood.

Because of the type of wood I chose, white spray paint wouldn't adhere to the board. 
I recommend testing it out on the backside prior to in order to make sure it'll stick.
The only open can of white paint we had in the closet was ceiling paint, so that's what I used for the base layer.

After I painted on the base layer with this, I let it dry for about 10 minutes then applied indoor/outdoor white spray paint on top for a second coat (not pictured).

{1st coat}

This is the final product!

Here are a few I've gotten inspiration from..

This post is linked up with Craft-O-Maniac!


  1. It looks great girl! I love the theme y'all are going for too!

  2. Oh that is awesome! That'll look great!

  3. Very sweet! We made a sign like that for our outdoor wedding too:-) Happy planning to you! xoxo

  4. HA! We used Rustic Elegance for our wedding. I love seeing what you are planning and can't wait to see it all come together. This is going to be an amazing wedding.

  5. I'm in love with this idea. I think it puts a perfect finishing touch on weddings/receptions!! And really makes pictures amazing

  6. So cute! I love this. I'm a new follower. I love all things wedding and wedding planning so I think I'm going to really like your blog.

  7. Hey Cutie- Love your sign, its darling, and I am so glad you linked it. winks-jen