DIY Wood Signs (How to Cut a Word Out of Wood!)
This post will show you how to make DIY wood signs, along with share ideas for different DIY wood signs that you can make for your own home!
I’ve talked a lot about our experience going to the Haven conference last month and how much of a game-changer it was for Corey and I. I can’t believe we waited this long to go, and you can rest assured we never plan to miss another one again! It was a great way to meet new people and connect with brands (there are so many fun projects coming up in the next couple of months thanks to the contacts we met there!) and the swag was out of this world. Of course, when you go to a conference like that you come home with your head completely bubbling with ideas and thoughts and you don’t have nearly enough time to actually accomplish everything you want to do. All of the amazing stuff we brought home has pretty much just sat in the workshop so far waiting for me to do something with it!
So, when a few of my new friends from Haven decided to start a challenge to see what we could all do with the swag that we got while we were there, I was all in. I’ve got lots of plans for various things that we got, but this little sign that Corey made one of the make & take classes on decorative cutting has been calling my name since the day we got home.
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I can’t even stand how much I love this thing.
How to Make DIY Wood Signs
I don’t have a full photo tutorial for this particular sign because I wasn’t around to snap photos when Corey was cutting it, but it’s actually deceptively easy to make wooden word art like this. Let’s chat about the details:
- 1/2″ plywood
All you have to do to get started creating DIY wood word signs is to type your word or phrase in a favorite font on your computer and print it out nice and large. Then, cut out the letters and trace them on your board. Finally, you’ll use a jigsaw with a scrolling blade to carefully cut the word out!
This sign sat in our workshop for a few weeks after the conference before I finally got around to hanging it. It was such a simple project, I don’t know why I waited so long! All I did was sand it up and give it a fresh coat of spray paint (I used this one), and it was ready to be hung. I used another piece of Haven swag to hang it – some 3M picture hanging strips! I use these little guys for everything and they were perfect for this project.
Of course, as soon as Corey showed me this sign after his class I knew exactly where I wanted to hang it – right above my desk! I spend a lot of time here hustling and working my little butt off for the blog, so it’s a perfect reminder to keep working, and it makes me smile every time I see it because it reminds me of the amazing time we had at Haven!
If you want some more details on this project, here are a few posts that might be helpful:
Ever since Haven, Corey has been getting a lot more into spending time in the workshop and has begun to play around with some more advanced tools. I think it was a really great motivator for him to start trying some new things, and I’m so excited to see where it leads us! There will be some super cool new things coming up soon, and I’m hoping that within the next few months we’ll even be tackling a video series with some introductory info on how to use some basic tools – it can be so intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be!
UPDATE: Click here to see the full Power Tools for Beginners series!
How comfortable are you with power tools? Do you have any burning questions or things you’d love to see on a video series about tools?
I love that hustle sign! That’s what I need for my office!
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I love these kinds of projects! Yours turned out so nice. Just the right pop of color to look fantastic. thanks for sharing!
This turned out so great! Our To grandma’s house we go link party just opened this morning, we would love to have you!
Awesome! I love the blue you chose – what a great reminder of Haven!!
I love it! Of course, if you’ve seen Zootopia, you’ll know that it goes perfectly in my favorite line of the movie – “it’s called a hustle, sweetheart.” If you haven’t seen that movie, do, so that I don’t feel like such a geek sending this message! Can’t wait for Haven 2017!
I LOVE Zootopia – and that line! 🙂 We have a two year old…we saw it in the theater and I think we’ve seen it 5 times since it popped up on Netflix earlier this month, haha.
I need a Hustle sign too! Sadly I didn’t make it to Haven, but you’re inspiring me to hustle too! Pinned.
You should definitely try to go next year – it’s awesome!
What a great project! I love the sign and what a neat way to use your Haven Swag! Pinning!
I love it! That color is perfect for your space!
Your sign turned out so super cute! I love it! I broke mine in half :(. I’ll just have to try again! Pinning!
Thanks, April – and BOO for yours breaking!! We literally carried ours through the entire airport/plane ride because we were so worried it would break haha
LOVE the sign! I would have never thought to make something like that using a jigsaw. You would pay a fortune to buy something like that in the store. Can’t wait to tell my husband what his next tool project will be 😉
Thanks, Sarah! I love how simple it is…and you’re right, it’d cost a ton in the store!
great idea for a challenge! I guess my aspect tiles wall falls into the challenge?
Haha, love the choice of word for the art piece! Turned out great!
-Clarissa @ The View From Here
I went to that class too, and I did hello with a scroll saw. It was my first time using one.
Your wooden wood art looks fabulous in your space.
Thanks! My husband said it was so much fun!
Very fun word art! I love it, and I love that you used a vibrant blue for it! Perfection!
I love this so stinkin much! It is awesome. Y’all are awesome. I am so glad we got to meet at Haven! Now I am wishing I would have taken that class!!!
Thanks, friend! I’m so glad we met too!
The hustle sign looks perfect there! I love the color that you choose. You feel the same way I do about Haven – I’ve gone three years in a row and can’t imagine NOT going! Hopefully we will meet next year. Thanks for participating in the challenge!
Thanks, Jeanie! Haven is the best, isn’t it?!