How To Make A Beach Destination Wedding Sign

Are you planning a beach destination wedding? Are you looking for easily transportable ideas that add a personal touch to your wedding decor? Then you'll love this fun idea for how to make a beach destination wedding sign. It fits inside a large suitcase and can easily be assembled on site.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

DIY Beach Wedding Sign

The motivation for making the beach wedding sign is for our son's wedding in Mexico. Our daughter-in-law came up with the idea and the sentiment for the sign and asked if I could make it for them. The sign is easy to make and I share the steps in a tutorial below.



Here is the sign on the beach before the ceremony.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

All you have to do is no later than 24-hours before the wedding, attach the stake to the back of the sign with a strong glue (see supply list below).



The bride & groom were able to easily remove the stake from the sign after the wedding and bring it back to Canada in their luggage to hang on a wall in their home.



What You'll Need To Make It

These are the supplies I used to make the beach wedding sign. This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend for this project. As an Amazon Associate, I earn a small commission from qualifying purchases at no extra cost to you.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

Supply List

1/4" Plywood
1" x 1" Pressure Treated Wood Nailing Strip
Peacock Blue Mineral Chalk Paint
The Gulf Mineral Chalk Paint
Hurricane Gray Mineral Chalk Paint
Van Dyke Brown Glaze
White Wash Glaze
Gator Hide Clear Coat
Chip Brush
Script Liner Art Brush OR Oil Based Sharpie Marker
Graphite Paper
Red Pen
Liquid Nails Glue



Here's How I Did It

Beach Wedding Sign Lumber

In order to keep the sign lightweight for travel, we used 1/4-inch thick plywood. We thought about using high-density hardboard but decided not to for two reasons; it can easily break during travel and could warp with the high humidity.



The plywood is cut to 15 x 25-inches. The stake for the sign is made with a pressure-treated 1" x 1" nailing strip, cut 24-inches long.



Layers Of Coastal Paint Colors

Layers of paint and glaze were used to give the sign a timeworn coastal patina. First, the entire board was painted with one coat of the darkest color, a turquoise mineral chalk paint.



Next, the sign was dry brushed in a teal mineral chalk paint color. Let it dry for about an hour between each layer of color.



To achieve a dry brushed look that doesn't completely cover the previous color, dip just the tips of an inexpensive chip brush into the paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel.



With light pressure on the brush apply one long swipe of paint from one end of the sign to the other. You can see in the photo below that the base color is still peeking through. Don't worry if you apply too much paint in some areas because you can go over that area with the next color.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

Unfortunately, I was so engrossed in my work that I completely forgot to take pictures of the next two layers using brown and white glaze. You could use the same dry brush technique with brown and white paint instead.



Apply just like you did the paint layers in the previous step except dip the tips of your brush into the water first to dampen the bristles (not saturate). This will help the glaze move further across the sign better.



Start with brown glaze and let it dry and then a layer of the white glaze. Don't worry if the glaze goes on too thick in spots. Just dip the brush in water and spread the color out more.



If that doesn't work, wait until it dries and dry brush over it with the previous paint color. There are no mistakes, just play with the colors until you achieve the look you want.



How To Add Graphic To Wedding Sign

In PicMonkey I created a graphic for the sign sized to 1500 x 2500 pixels using fonts from their wedding invitations and saved as a jpeg file.



Next, I uploaded the file to the Block Posters website and enlarged it to fit the sign. It was saved as a PDF file on my computer. It printed onto six sheets of paper which I taped together as pictured below.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

To add the graphic onto the sign I used this Image Transfer Technique. You can get the gist of how it's done in the following photos.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

This is after hand painting over the traced graphic using a script liner art brush and two coats of chalk paint in the color Hurricane Gray. But you can use an oil-based Sharpie marker instead.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

Although not the intention, the beach wedding sign made a perfect spot for guests to drop their shoes before heading to their chairs.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

We also made this personalized beach wedding card box for the reception that was also easily transportable.



Before I end this post, I thought I'd share a few photos from the wedding located at the beautiful Dreams Resort in Huatulco, Mexico.



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

You couldn't ask for a more beautiful setting for our son and his beautiful bride to say their I Dos!



Planning a beach destination wedding? Here's a fun idea for a DIY Beach Wedding Sign that can fit in a suitcase and be assembled at the resort.

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