After sharing my Countdown to Christmas post, several of you asked how I made the rustic wooden JOY signs and so today I'm sharing a very easy peasy tutorial.
To view my tutorial on how to build the rustic wood signs, see my Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Trivets post. Be sure to come back here to see how I repurposed them for the holidays.
If building the wooden base for these signs is not your forté, I have included a link to where you can purchase them further down in this post.
How Make Rustic Christmas JOY Signs
- 6-inch Wooden Letters J-O-Y
- 6-inch Grapevine Wreath
- 1/2-inch wide holiday ribbon
- Red chalk paint (or Holiday Red Acrylic Craft paint)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Heavy Duty Sawtooth Picture Hanger
- Pallet or Pine Fence Boards
I resisted including this photo of me holding my handmade rustic Christmas sign but here it is anyway. This gives you an idea of how large the sign is (9" x 20").
Step 1 Staining and whitewashing the wood base
- Whether you build your own wooden sign or purchase one, to get the rustic look first apply a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut Stain with a rag and wipe off the excess.
- After the stain is dry, dip the tip of your paintbrush into white chalk paint and using long and light brush strokes apply a thin layer of paint. The point is to apply a light wash of paint where the stained wood is visible underneath.
Step 2 Painting the wood letters
Paint the letters red using either chalk paint or acrylic craft paint. I applied two coats to get full coverage.
Step 3 Attaching the grapevine wreath
While the red paint is drying, hot glue the grapevine wreath onto the center of the wood slats, adding the glue to the raised sections on the back of the wreath for good contact.
Step 4 Adding a bow to the wreath
Make a small bow with 1/2-inch wide festive ribbon and attach it to the top of the grapevine wreath with hot glue. Cut the tails to your preference.
Step 5 Attaching the wooden letters
Use construction adhesive to attach the J above the grapevine wreath and the Y below it, making sure they are centered with the grapevine O.
Step 6 Attach picture hanger
Attach a heavy duty sawtooth picture hanger onto the back of the sign, centered near the top of the first horizontal wood slat. That's it, I told you it was easy peasy!
I sold several of these signs at the recent holiday market. I realized I hadn't shared a photo on the blog of my booth space so here it is...
I reserved some of these signs for hostess gifts this holiday season. If I'm on your guest list and you're reading this post, Surprise! They would make great teacher gifts too.
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If you're looking for more DIY holiday decorating ideas, I repurposed rustic wooden boxes from my daughter's wedding for the holidays. One of my most popular posts every Christmas is How To Fill Outdoor Planters For The Holidays.