I know, it’s WAAAAAY too early to be posting any Christmas nonsense, and in all honesty this project started out with a DIY rustic Autumn sign… but expanded all on its own.

Let me show you – I had some 1 x12″ wood in the garage that I wanted to make a sign out of.  I’ve been eyeballing the “Fresh Baked Pies” and “Pumpkin Patch” farmhouse signs that are all over Instagram right now.  (I went with pumpkin patch because I didn’t want to be held accountable for having any kind of fresh baking in the house, and my garden is just weedy enough to possibly hide a pumpkin or two)

This is such an easy project, to create your own DIY rustic Christmas sign start out by painting your boards with the colour you want the letters to be.

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Then cut out your saying via the Silhouette Cameo onto adhesive vinyl.

After sticking your letters to the boards, paint over the entire board with the same colour again – this ensures that any paint-bleed is in the original colour and will make your rustic Christmas sign have nice crisp lettering in the end.

Once that is dry, go over each board with an alternate colour paint.

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Two to three coats (with dry time in between) and you’re rustic Christmas sign is done!

Peel off your letters with tweezers and your sign is ready.

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As good as these looked, I wanted to up it a notch further and border these with farmhouse frames – the how to here.

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One for me, one for Sherri:

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Oh, and the pesky Pumpkin Patch one that started the whole endeavour:

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With Hallowe’en just around the corner, neither/none of these will be up for long – but November is-a-comin and then look out!

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And don’t be too grown up to look up!

Have a great one!

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22 Responses

  1. Love the Xmas sign. In the directions you state to cut out the design via the Silhouette Cameo onto vinyl adhesive. What is Silhouette Cameo. Sorry I’m a little “dense” at times. lol

    1. It’s a fantastic (but expensive) machine that cuts out images, words for you. It hooks up to your computer and you can select images from their library, or create your own – then send the image to the cutting machine and it will cut from paper, cardboard, adhesive vinyl, cork etc. Cricut has a version as well. Check out Craig’s List or Kijiji to see if there is a used one available. The machines seem to get updated fairly regularly, so you might be able to find a used one for less.

  2. What are the measurements of the Letters you used and the size of the boards? Do you have this stencil to purchase?

    1. The font and the reindeer all came from the Silhouette Studio, so I am unfortunately not allowed to sell them. My board is 15″ x 19.5″ and the text is about 1 1/4″ tall (the script font is larger). Hope this helps?

    1. Your best bet would be to print out your lettering and deer on printer paper. If it’s large, you can send it to Staples for a “blueprint” copy (not very expensive). From there, cover the back of your paper with chalk. Carefully place your paper (chalk side to the wood) where you want your lettering to go. Trace each letter with a pencil and the chalk will transfer it onto the wood – sort of like carbon paper (if you remember what that is). Remove your paper and paint inside the lines!

  3. Did you miss a word on the sign? Should it say “May you never been too grown up to NOT search the skies on Christmas Eve”?

    1. I’m not sure – that might be a double negative which would cancel each other out wouldn’t they? (It’s been a LONG time since I took philosophy). I’m going to bury my head in the sand and pretend that this is grammatically correct so I don’t have to paint a new one. lol

  4. This is great! Our best friends fill up the church van every Christmas Eve with our little ones. We live in a small community. Our Rudolph leader (Jeff) drives the van and we go looking for Rufolph’s Nose somewhere! Of course every year we find him in a different location. But the kids love it. I think the adults get a bigger kick out of it than the kids! I’m painting this to give to Jeff and his family this year! Thank you for posting!! Kim

    1. What a great tradition – thanks for sharing! I so wish my two were small enough to play along with my Christmas antics – I miss the days of their wonder and awe. He’s going to love your gift – not because I made it, but because YOU did!

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