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DIY Welcome Sign

Today I’m going to show you how to make a DIY welcome sign! And I have a FREE welcome printable file available too so you can make the same sign!

DIY welcome sign next to door and plants

I used my Silhouette Cameo to make a vinyl stencil to make this wood sign. See my DIY wood sign post for how to make a vinyl stencil with a Cricut.

Or If you don’t have a cutting machine, the pencil transfer method for sign making works great too for an easy design transfer onto wood.

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how to make a DIY welcome sign with wood, spray paint and vinyl stencil

Because this sign is going to be outdoors, I recommend using cedar wood. Although it costs a little bit more compared to pine wood, it’s a naturally weather resistant wood and will last several more years than pine. Also, for that reason you don’t have to add a sealant to it like polyurethane which is one less step!

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Get the free printable files (JPG file, SVG file, and Silhouette Studio file) of the WELCOME design in the free printable library, which you can get access to by clicking the pink button below if you aren’t already subscribed!

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How to Make a DIY Welcome Sign:

Materials:

Tools:

  • Miter Saw (or have your home improvement store make the cuts)

Video Tutorial:

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1. Cut wood to size for DIY welcome sign

Use a miter saw and cut your 1×8 to the following size (or have your local home improvement store make the cuts for you):

  • (1) 1×8 @ 4 ft
Use a miter saw and cut your 1x8 to size for the sign

2. Stain wood sign frame

Before staining, make sure your wood is sanded really well, it helps not just with the staining process but with the design transfer process as well for the DIY welcome sign! See my beginner’s guide to sanding for how to sand wood.

Stain the 1×8 board. I used a pre-stain wood conditioner first and then two coats of this stain color. For tips on how to stain wood for a beautiful finish, check out my tutorial on how to stain wood.

Let the stain dry for 24 hours before moving on to the next step.

3. Make the welcome sign vinyl decal

To apply the WELCOME design that’s available in the free printable library, I used my Silhouette Cameo to create a wood sign vinyl stencil of the design.

As explained above, a Cricut may be used as well, you will just need to cut the WELCOME design in two sections. See my how to make a wood sign with a Cricut tutorial.

And if you don’t have a cutting machine, you can use the pencil tracing method, which is really easy!

Make sure to watch my DIY welcome sign video for a detailed overview of the full vinyl stencil creation process!

A. Cut the vinyl decal

Open the free Silhouette Studio file (after downloading from the free printable library) and it’s ready to send to your machine to cut!

I cut about 47″ of vinyl from my vinyl roll and loaded into the Silhouette machine, then I pressed “send” in Silhouette Studio to cut my vinyl decal.

B. Weed the vinyl decal

Weed your decal and use a vinyl weeding tool to help. Because we are using the vinyl to create a stencil, we want to weed (remove) the lettering that we are transferring to our stained wood sign. This results in a vinyl stencil! 

weed the vinyl stencil for the DIY welcome porch sign
vinyl stencil ready for diy wood welcome sign

C. Apply transfer tape to welcome sign vinyl stencil

After weeding, apply transfer tape to the decal. I used my transfer tape roller which is makes this step easier, especially with this almost 4ft vinyl stencil! Again check out the welcome sign video to see this in action!

I used masking tape to tape down my welcome stencil and then my vinyl squeegee to smooth out the transfer tape over the vinyl stencil.

apply transfer tape to welcome sign stencil
transfer tape applied to vinyl stencil for DIY welcome sign

Cut the excess transfer tape off so the vinyl stencil fits on your sign.

D. Apply welcome sign vinyl stencil to the stained wood sign

Center the welcome stencil on the design and tape in place in the middle with masking tape.

To apply the vinyl stencil to the sign, start at one corner and slowly peel off the white backing paper from the transfer tape that has the vinyl stuck to it. 

Cut with scissors part of the loose white backing paper. Then, secure the vinyl stencil to the wood sign by smoothing down the cut side with a squeegee and remove the rest of the white backing paper.

applying vinyl stencil to wood

Once the vinyl is adhered to the sign, slowly peel off the transfer tape at a 45 degree angle.

removing transfer tape from wood of DIY welcome porch sign

4. Apply spray paint over the vinyl stencil to transfer the design to the DIY welcome sign

Tape the exposed edges of the sign with painter’s tape to protect the non-covered parts of the sign.

Then, apply multiple, light coats of white outdoor spray paint over the stencil. This is key to avoiding bleed through of the spray paint.

After the spray paint dries, remove the vinyl stencil and painter’s tape. **It’s important to not leave the vinyl on the sign too long, so it’s best to remove it as soon as the spray paint is dry! 

Use the vinyl weeding tool to remove the floating parts of the letters.

removing vinyl from wood DIY welcome sign

Because cedar is a softer wood, the vinyl may peel up the wood a tiny bit (you can see this happen in my welcome sign video). Take the vinyl off slowly to avoid this on the DIY wood welcome sign, but if it does happen just touch it up with a little stain.

Our DIY welcome sign looks super cute next to our DIY faux barn door! And it’s such a simple and fun project!

wood DIY welcome sign
DIY welcome porch sign

Be sure to join our DIY wood signs Facebook group! It’s a great place to learn more about sign making and share your DIY wood sign projects and ask any questions you may have!

Feel free to ask any questions below in the comments as well about this DIY wood welcome sign!

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Angela M Rodgers

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

I'm probably doing something wrong but how do I print the "WELCOME" if I am using a printer that only prints 8x10 paper?

Angela Marie Made

Saturday 12th of December 2020

The easiest way would be to have it printed as a 48" engineering print (they cost around $5-$10) at Fedex Office or Staples. Then you can just use the pencil transfer method. I have an overview of this process in this post here: https://angelamariemade.com/diy-wood-sign-with-calligraphy-quote/ Otherwise you could use a free online photo editor and crop the jpg into sections that would fit a standard piece of paper, but then you have to line it up on the sign. So the large engineering print would be the easiest/quickest way.

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