DIY Painted Wood Sign

DIY Painted Wood Sign

Learn how to make a hand-painted sign without using those expensive stencil paper and adhesive spray. This project tutorial shows you how to transfer letters and images onto wood using just a pencil! We also provide a set of 6 Holiday theme stencils that you can DOWNLOAD FOR FREE and print out to use.


How to Make a DIY Painted Sign

There are 5 easy steps to this project. Watch the video to see how it’s done and follow along with the detailed instructions below.






Assemble your materials

Get your image ready

Transfer image to wood

Painting the sign

Remove the pencil mark


Assemble your materials

You will need the following materials for this project:

  • A piece of wood
  • Pencil (2B pencil is preferable because it has a higher blackness)
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Eraser
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking Tape (or Magic tape)

Get your image ready

  • Have your canvas at the appropriate size for your wood.
  • Create and edit your design on it.  Then print it on a regular paper. (you can print it out in black and white, even if your design is colored )
  • If you need, here is a set of 6 Holiday theme stencils FREE FOR DOWNLOAD.

Transfer your image onto wood

  • Use a pencil to scribble firmly over the back of the image. The more scribbles the better.
  • You can hold the paper up to the light to make sure the whole design is completely covered.
  • Place the paper pencil-scribble side down on your wood sign and secure it in place using the tape.
  • Use a ball point pen to trace the outline of the letters and the graphics. Press down a bit harder (and trace back and forth) so that the pencil lead gets transferred onto the wood.
  • Remove the paper, you should see that all your pencil marks are there

Painting the sign

  • Now we can start painting it in with acrylic paints.
  • You can use a small paint brush (or Script/Liner brush) to stencil the outline first and then fill in the rest.
  • A few more coats of paint can cover the pencil marks and make the
    color even and full.

Remove the pencil mark

  • If you can still see the pencil marks after the paint is dry, use an eraser to remove them. And that’s it!


How to Edit Images

Before you start transferring the text or image onto wood, make sure it is looking it’s best! These tutorials will show you how to crop your photo to the correct size, how to reverse it, and how to add some effects.

Reversing or Mirroring your Image
If you don’t want your photo transfer to end up backwards, make sure you reverse it first! Learn how to do this in PaintShop Pro.

Cropping and Resizing your Photo
This tutorial will show you how you can crop your photo to remove any unwanted parts and make it the right size to fit your piece of wood.

Removing Objects from Photos
Whether you need to touch up some blemishes, remove an unwanted object or erase a scratch in an older photo, PaintShop Pro has the tools you need – see them in action!

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With PaintShop Pro, you can crop, straighten and resize your photo, and reverse the image before it’s transferred onto wood. You can also enhance the colors, clean up any blemishes and add special effects.

Convert to Black and White
Give your photo transfer an aged look by using a black and white or sepia photo. Here are a few ways you can convert your color photos using PaintShop Pro.

Add Some Creative Effects
PaintShop Pro’s library of Instant Effects makes it easy to spice up your photos by adding fun filters from a variety of categories like Film Styles, Portrait, Retro and more! Pick one or mix and match a few.

Transform your Photos with Scripts
Scripts are mini-programs that will automatically transform your photos with just one click! Watch this tutorial to see a few examples of incredible transformations.


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