When we were designing our new house, one of the features I was really excited about was the front porch. In my head, I had big ideas about how I would decorate it and make it look cute for each holiday and season. Since Spring is finally here (hopefully the weather gets that message), I decided to make a sign to welcome the new season.
Recently, porch signs have been popping up all over my Pinterest feed. So, I figured it would be a perfect time to trying making my own version of DIY Porch Sign. I did some research and found that there really isn’t a standard size for porch signs. So, I decided to go big. Go big or go home, right! I made my sign with cedar wood we had left over from our fence project and I used paint I already had, so this project was super inexpensive to make. And, it makes a huge impact on our front porch. I’ve already had several comments about how cute it looks.
This technique can be used to make signs for every holiday/season or you can make a welcome sign that stays up all year long. The process is fairly easy, everything is just way bigger than you’re probably used to.
– Wood (Mine measures approx 11.5″ x 6′)
– Transfer Tape
– Paintbrushes or Make-up Sponges (I used these sponges)
– Craft knife
– Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
– Cut File (see link below)
Here is what I did:
I started by opening the SVG cut file in my vinyl cutting software. I resized the design to fit on my board and it ended up measuring about 10″ x 64″. There are two ways to cut out the vinyl and the method you choose will depend on your machine’s cutting abilities.
If your machine can cut long lengths of vinyl, draw a rectangle around the design that is the same width as your board. This will make laying out the stencil on your board so much easier. The height can just be a couple of inches taller than your design. This is the method I used and so I drew a rectangle that measured 11.5″ x 68″.
If your machine can’t cut long lengths of vinyl, draw a rectangle around each letter. Make sure the rectangle is the same width as your board. The height just needs to be a little taller than each letter. You might need to ungroup and use the slice or knife tool to get the stencil to cut correctly. Once you’re done, the stencil should look like one of the two examples below.
I cut out the design in vinyl and then weeded away the excess vinyl. When doing a large project like this, I try to use some of my older vinyl or a color that never gets used. Make sure to pull up the negative space so you’re left with a stencil. Then, I applied transfer tape to the top of the design.
For my wood, I used two cedar slats we had left over from a fencing project. I cut them to the 72″ and then stained them dark brown. Once they were dry, I used a small piece of wood as a brace and screwed the two pieces together. I used three braces on the boards, one on the top, bottom, and middle.
When I applied the vinyl to the board, I matched up the straight edges of the vinyl stencil with the straight edges of the board. This is why I suggest making the rectangles the same width as your board. It makes it quick and easy to put the stencil on straight.
Before I started painting, I made sure to really rub the vinyl onto the board. For the bigger sections of the design, I use a makeup sponge to apply the paint. I just love how smooth the paint goes on with the sponges. For the small, tight areas around the flowers, I used a small paintbrush.
I let the paint dry between each coat of paint and ended up painting about 3 layers.
Once the paint was dry to the touch, I pulled up the vinyl. There were a couple of small bleeds and I just used a craft knife to carefully scrape off the excess paint.
The wood can be sealed with an acrylic sealer, but since I used Cedar and our porch is covered, I decided to see how the sign weathers without the sealer.
Once everything was dry, I displayed the new sign on our front porch. I think this sign turned out so cute. I love the pop of color it gives to the front of our house.
Has this tutorial inspired you to make your own porch sign? Download the free cut file below to make your own!
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