These DIY Farmhouse Signs are so cheap and easy to make, you will find yourself addicted to making them for every room in the house. This is one of the easiest and cheapest methods I use to decorate the walls in our home. I’ve tried canvas from art stores and used scrap wood (like wood pallets) but this method with How To Make A Farmhouse Wood Sign is my favorite and totally transforms the space!
This tutorial explains how to make a huge farmhouse sign and farmhouse sign decor. These DIY farmhouse signs can be used as farmhouse kitchen signs, outdoor signs, farmhouse Christmas signs, and much more! Use your creativity to build wooden farmhouse signs using farmhouse sign stencils and Cricut-made images like I did. I get asked ALL the time how to make farmhouse signs because I love using farmhouse signs in our decor. Keep reading to learn how to make your own farmhouse signs!
In Case You Are in a Hurry:
You don’t even need a saw to cut the wood! You could literally make this wooden wall art in your kitchen in less than an hour!
My favorite online resource to find SVG files to make Cricut craft projects is DesignBundles.net!–>>Click here to see the latest bundle with the best SVG files online!
I’ve used this tutorial to make this over-sized farmhouse chalkboard…
And this farmhouse style quote in our master bedroom…
Also these over-sized farmhouse signs for a huge wall…
I also used this tutorial to make this huge farmhouse sign above our bed (which is a very popular size sign over on Instagram).
The farmhouse sign above our bed is the same size as this DIY sign by our front door…
I get asked ALL the time how to make the farmhouse signs in our home so I put together this post with How To Make A Farmhouse Wood Sign!
You might not notice this detail in the picture, but some of these signs have the wood frame glued right to the front. But we have other signs where the frame is attached to the side. My hubby cut a groove in the side of pine in order to attach to the side.
–>>I also revealed a HACK in my Instagram stories with how I keep our farmhouse signs to a minimum (so I don’t have a bunch of seasonal signs in storage)…
The trick is to use both sides of the sign!
I paint both sides of the signs we build! I try to use one side all year long, then the other side I will add a holiday image or leave it blank (to hang seasonal banners, wreaths, or paper-cut images). I simply move the sawtooth picture hanger to the other side (the holes are so small that no one will notice them!).
Here is a 24″ x 18″ sign with a (screen printed) Christmas image…
Here is the same 24″ x 18″ sign painted black (no image) on the other side…
–>>Another HACK to minimize your seasonal signs is to use removable vinyl. I use my Cricut machine and cut my own vinyl images and add to our signs. I use removable vinyl and at the end of the holiday, I will replace it with an image for the next holiday 🙂
Here’s our Over-Sized Farmhouse Chalkboard Sign with Removable Vinyl for Christmas…
And here is the same Over-Sized Farmhouse Chalkboard Sign with Removable Vinyl for Valentine’s Day…
I hope these tips help give your signs double-duty so you can enjoy them no matter what time of year it is!
How To Make A Farmhouse Wood Sign
If you have a miter saw and want to cut these yourself, great! Otherwise, bring the measurements to your local Home Depot or Lowes and they will cut the wood for you in the store. Having THEM cut the pieces for you will save you a ton of time!
- One 4 x 4 light-weight piece of plywood (I found ours at Home Depot for $9.97 in the plywood section)
- Three – Six 2 x 4 molding pieces (I found ours at Lowes for $2.49 each in the molding section) OR 1-inch pine
- Gorilla Glue
- Nails and a Hammer OR a Riobe Airstrike Nailgun
- Miter Saw (optional otherwise have the store cut for you)
- Paint (for the plywood) This is my favorite color & texture paint to use
- Stain or paint (for the frames) This is my favorite stain color to use
- Paint brushes/rollers
- Foam brush/rag (for staining the wood frame)
- 1-4 Sawtooth picture hanger (optional, if you are hanging)
If you aren’t cutting yourself:
Before you ask the store to cut the wood for you, you need to have the measurements.
- If you plan to make one large 4 x 4 (like my chalkboard or the “Living More, With Less” artwork), you won’t need to cut the plywood but you will need to cut the frames to fit. You will need 4 total pieces of wood molding and ask that 2 pieces be cut to 45 inches.
- If you plan to make two large 2 x 4 (like my “Never forget my goodnight kiss” artwork), you need to ask to have the plywood cut in half. You will need 6 total pieces of wood molding and ask that 2 pieces be cut to 21 inches.
- If you plan to make a sign the size of the one above our bed (Christmas) and front door (Christmas), you will need the plywood cut 27.5″ x 38.” I’d recommend cutting the pine yourself for the frame we used on those signs, we cut the wood at an angle and used a miter saw to cut a groove inside (for the plywood to sit inside the frame).
- Make sure everything fits nicely before you leave the store!
If you are cutting yourself:
I highly recommend you have some basic wood-working skills before attempting this project. My hubby does most of the cutting but I can do it in a pinch… I definitely feel more comfortable letting him do the cutting since he has more experience with the machines and cutting the wood perfectly to make these signs.
- Once you have all the wood cut to size, start painting. Use a roller to paint the plywood to speed things up and create a flat surface for the chalkboard paint. I used a matte white paint for the other designs. I painted the frames teal for the “Living More, With Less” artwork and the other designs I used a wood stain to create a more rustic look. The possibilities are endless! However, to save money, I chose to use paint and stain that we already had.
- Once the paint is dry, use gorilla glue to adhere the frame to the front edge of the plywood. Make sure to arrange the cut pieces to fit before you start gluing things down. Secure the frame with a few nails all around.
- Attach a sawtooth picture hanger to the back (if you are hanging).
- Add vinyl letters or stencil a design on your wall art.
- I used a Cricut Explore Air to cut vinyl phrases and quotes. You can find tons of ideas and SVG files for your Farmhouse signs HERE 🙂
You can find the SVG file to make the “Never forget my goodnight kiss” artwork here. The SVG file can be used with vinyl cutting machines such as a Cricut or Silhouette machines.
If you have any questions about using a Cricut cutting machine, check out my Cricut courses here!
The total cost to make two HUGE 2 x 4 pieces came out to be $12 each and only took a couple of hours. I’ve seen similar ones selling for $40+ each online. Now you can save some money by doing it yourself!
This DIY Farmhouse Signs tutorial can be used to create many different pieces to decorate your home. I chose to paint and stain colors to create a rustic, farmhouse style in our home, but you can easily change the look with the paint color and try cutting different size farmhouse signs.
P.S. A majority of my DIY’s are featured in my Instagram stories. You can watch me make more crafts and DIY ideas if you follow me on Instagram and click on my bio pic to see my latest story 🙂 I post tons of videos and pictures in REAL time!
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