How To Make Rustic Wood Christmas Signs

The holiday soirees are just around the corner and every year I try to come up with something unique to give for hostess gifts. It's easy to drop a bottle of wine into a pretty bag but what about giving something memorable like a handmade gift. In this post, I'm going to show you how easy it is to make an adorable handmade rustic wood Christmas sign with just a few supplies.

DIY Rustic Wood Christmas Sign


DIY Rustic Wood Christmas Signs 



Rustic Handmade Christmas Sign

This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to make these holiday signs. See my disclosure policy. I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post for your convenience.


Back in August, I shared the Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Trivets we made for our daughter's wedding. I didn't want them to be a one trick pony and go to waste and so we repurposed them for the holidays by turning them into these cute JOY signs. The size of our wooden planks is 9" x 20".

In that post, I share how easy it is to make the trivet planks but if you want to save time and skip that step for your holiday signs there are readymade plain plank signs options available.

Rustic Wood Christmas Sign Repurposed Trivets

Besides the wooden base, these are the supplies you'll need to make these JOY signs...

DIY Rustic Wood Christmas Sign Supplies

Stain and whitewash wood planks

  • 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 or craft paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel. 
  • With light pressure on the brush, swipe the brush across the boards with the grain of the wood.
  • This is called dry brushing and the point is to still see the stained wood underneath (see photo above for inspiration).

Paint wood letters

Paint the 6-inch wood letters with red chalk or acrylic craft paint. You'll probably need two coats to cover the wood.

Attach the grapevine wreath

While the red paint is drying, hot glue the grapevine wreath vertically onto the center of the wood trivet or whatever rustic board you use for the sign. Hit the glue gun on the most raised parts on the back of the grapevine for good contact.

Add a bow 

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. I found this excellent video tutorial on how to make small bows easily using a fork. 

Attach 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 wreath.

Picture hooks 

Attach a heavy duty sawtooth picture hanger onto the back of the plank sign.

That's it, I told you these were easy peasy!

DIY Rustic Wood JOY Christmas Sign


Materials List






I made some extra JOY signs to sell at a recent holiday market. I had a few requests to share photos of my market booth and so here it is. You can see the Christmas signs scattered about in the booth and almost every one sold.

Curated Holiday Market Booth Space

For more rustic holiday inspiration, I also repurposed the centerpiece boxes from our daughter's wedding into Rustic Wood Christmas Boxes.

It's that time to start thinking about decorating outdoors for the holidays. One of the things I always admire during the Christmas season is homes with large urns flanking the front door filled with beautiful greens and tall branches.

While we don't have urns, we do have two very heavy flower planters flanking our front door that I decorate for the holidays and here are three different ideas for decorating them...

DIY Rustic Wood Christmas Signs

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