Rustic Handmade Wood Christmas Sign

Good Morning friends! We woke up yesterday to a beautiful winter wonderland. If you follow me on Instagram, I posted a picture. All this snow has me in the Christmas spirit and so today I'm sharing the Rustic Handmade Wood Christmas Signs that I made earlier this month.

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.

Rustic Handmade Christmas Sign

Do you remember back in August I shared the centerpiece trivets that I made for my daughter's wedding? I didn't want them to be a one trick pony and go to waste and so while building them, I had every intention that they would be repurposed for the holidays.

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.

Rustic centerpiece trivets to be repurposed for the holidays

How Make Rustic Christmas JOY Signs

 Materials List

  • 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

Materials to make Rustic JOY Christmas Signs

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"). 

Handmade Rustic Joy Sign

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.
TIP: If the paint goes on too thick, dip the tips of your paintbrush into a bucket of water and brush over the paint to thin and move it across the boards. See photo above for inspiration.

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...

Curated Holiday Market Booth Space

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.

If you like my Rustic Handmade Christmas JOY Signs, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Handmade Rustic JOY Christmas Sign

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.

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