You know I’m all about the vintage look around here – I just love making things that have that style but have a fresh look to them too! This DIY Merry and Bright Christmas Sign is all dressed up with some vintage style roses but it has a fun updated look! It is so quick to make too – you can have a sweet new Christmas decoration in just a few hours.
I decorated the sign with these gorgeous fabric flowers – they have a pretty red, pink and green color scheme but they don’t shout Christmas – nice and subtle I think!
You need just a few supplies to make your own:
- Wood Board – sized about 12″ x 18″
- Stain (and supplies like cloth and gloves)
- fabric flowers (or paper if that’s your thing)
- Decoupage & brush
- Paint Pen
- Pattern for Lettering
Begin by staining your board.
Cut out the flowers you’d like for each corner. I used this gorgeous Jennifer Paganelli fabric but you could use any fabric you like, something vintage or even paper. (Paper is always a last resort to me. Scary stuff.) Apply decoupage to the back of your fabric and apply it to the wood piece. Brush a light layer of decoupage over the fabric.
Print out the lettering for the sign and trim around the design so it’s easy to center.
Trace the design onto the wood in the center between the flowers. As an alternative you can cut out the design with vinyl and paint it on like a stencil.
Paint over the tracing with a paint pen.
It could take a few layers to get a nice bright paint line. If you find you’re taking paint off, wait for it to dry a bit then paint over the lettering again.
That’s all there is too it! So easy right?!
LOVE this! Gorgeous! And where did you get that adorable porcelain deer?
Hi MaryAnne! Isn’t he the cutest? The deer is part of a set of two bookends that I picked up at Target a couple years ago. Not sure they have anything like that this year though. Sorry!
Super cute! Just pinned it!
Soooo. I love this sign but you lost me at the transfering the letters from the paper to the board. How on earth do you do that? My handwriting looks like a third-graders, and I can’t eyeball it.
Sorry about that Sarah! I would recommend either light or dark carbon or tracing paper – depending on your wood color. Or if your wood is light enough you could do the method where you color really heavily with a pencil on the back of the pattern, then place the pattern (colored side down on the wood) and trace over the letters with a pencil. This will transfer the coloring on the back to the wood. It’s hard to see on a darker stain though. I believe they still sell tracing paper at the fabric stores. I used some I’ve had for a while. Hope that helps!
Super cute and something even I could make! Love it!
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
SUCH a pretty idea, Bev! I love the mixture of old and new. And I love how it all pops off of the stained wood!