I love seasonal signs, but they can get so spendy! So I figured, why not make them myself?!
For this sign, you will need:
- 1/4 inch plywood (you can buy either 1/4, 1/2 or a full sheet)
- 1 X 2 boards- common or pine (enough to frame your sign, whatever size you choose)
- Wood Glue
- Table saw or router
- Cut your plywood to size. I made this sign 2 foot by 2 foot. Paint it your desired color. Then, cut another 2X2 plywood for your “mat”. I chose to make my mat 3 inches, and cut it out with a jig saw. (TIP- use a drill bit to make a “starter hole” and start your jigsaw cut.)
- While the paint is drying, cut your 1 X 2’s to size. I cut four 2 foot boards.
- Next, set your table saw blade height to a lower setting, so you don’t cut through your 1×2 boards. You want to make a notch to grab around the 1/4 inch plywood sign.
- Set the distance on your table saw to 3/4 inch. That will make your groove in the center. (fun fact- 2 inch boards are actually 1 1/2 inches! Make sure you measure your board first so you are in the center of the board)
- My table saw blade is 1/8 inch, so I scoot my distance over 1/8 of an inch and make another 3 passes with my board to make a 1/2 inch groove to accommodate my mat and sign. Repeat this process on all 4 frame boards.
- Paint your frame boards. I chose black for this project.
- Use wood glue to attach your frame to your boards. You can use clamps or finish nails to hold them in place until the glue dries.
- Letter! If you enjoy hand lettering, you can free hand it yourself. Or, you can purchase vinyl lettering and place it on the sign.
BONUS: I painted the back of the sign white as well so I can do a Christmas saying on the back and flip it! 2 signs for the price of one!
If you prefer to learn via video, check out the tutorial below!