Faux Wood Burned Honey-Do Garden Shed Sign

Today I'm sharing an idea on how to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! Mr. Frugalista (a.k.a. Grandpa) has always had a wooden sign hanging on our garden shed. I figured it was time Grandma got one too.



Except his sign is a custom-made wood-burned sign. So I found some salvaged junk wood and made a faux wood burned honey-do garden shed sign to match. No wood-burning tool required in the making of this sign!



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

How To Get The Look Of Wood-Burning With Paint

The goal was to get my handmade Honey-Do Shed Sign a very close match to his wood-burned Grandpa's Fix-It Shop Sign. We inherited this one from my Dad who had it hanging above his shed at the lake for many years. It looks to be one of those popular custom signs you could have made at the Edmonton Exposition Klondike Days midway back in the day.



While mine is for a grandma, you can personalize the sign with whatever typography you'd like. I'll be sharing how to do that further down in the post. These DIY wooden signs are perfect for a SHEshed, greenhouse, garage, or man cave.



Personalize it for Dad, Mom, Hubby, Wifey, The Boss - well you get the picture. They make great Mother's Day, Father's Day, Birthday, or Christmas gifts too!



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

Within a few short hours, our shed door is now flanked with matching his and her wooden signs. Unless you go right up to them, you'd be hard-pressed to know the difference between the etched wood-burned sign and the painted one.



My next project is to build wood planters to flank each side of the wooden doors, stained to match the shed signs. I'll plant something tall to conceal the ugly metal siding on our shed.



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

Here's a close-up of my copycat version DIY garden shed sign. It's only when you get up this close that you realize it's not etched with a wood-burning tool.



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

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Here's How I Did It

First I went on the hunt for the perfect board in our junk woodpile to salvage for the sign. Lucky for me I found a fairly new fence board offcut. Next, I sanded the edges smooth with a mouse sander.



DIY Reclaimed Wood Shed Sign

Staining The Salvaged Wood

Not knowing the original stain color of Mr. Frugalista's sign, I mixed a few colors together to get a close match. The first being Special Walnut followed by a coat of Golden Oak. Still not a perfect match, I brushed a third Canadian Maple stain color and that did the trick.



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

Shed Sign Typography

For the sign typography, I create a graphic in PicMonkey and printed it on two sheets of legal-size bond paper in landscape mode.



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

I went all old school by hand painting the words using this image transfer technique. If you have a Cricut Maker or Silhouette Machine you could use permanent vinyl rated for outdoors instead. But again, I wanted to replicate the original etched wood sign.



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

If you'd like to make a sign just like mine, I've included a free printable you are welcome to use. Click on the image below to download an unwatermarked PDF. Print on legal size paper in landscape and tape them together (as pictured above).




At the last minute, I decided to embellish the sign with freehand painted hearts, birds, and flowers. Here is my painted wood sign ready to be hung on the shed.



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

Once the paint was completely dry, I applied two coats of a glossy outdoor-grade clear coat to protect the sign from the elements.



Hanging The Shed Sign

Like the original sign, galvanized eye hooks were screwed into the top and the sign hung with a small galvanized chain.



How to get the look of a wood-burned sign with paint! A fun DIY salvaged junk wood "faux wood-burned" Garden Shed Sign that matches the real thing!

What You'll Need To Make It

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For more handmade sign ideas, visit my DIY Sign Ideas page.



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  1. I have a Silhouette machine that I use for cutting stencils etc. But honestly Marie for a one of a kind sign, its faster, easier, and cheaper to just transfer the image and paint it. But then I am old and just like to get it done.

    I am impressed how you fixed up those doors, the sliding doors on metal sheds are awful.

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    1. Huh, good to know, Leanna! I'm just itching to learn how to use the machine but have so many other things on the go with the blog that it keeps getting put on the back burner. We LOVE our double swing out doors on the metal shed. Took some head scratching to figure out how to mount them but they were relatively easy to make once we figured it out.

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  2. It took me forever to try the Brother Scan and Cut out that the hubby bought me. So I get you with your Silhouette. Maybe one day? But in the meantime you're a master at doing it the good old fashioned way Mary and so many people can't afford fancy cutting machines, so this is almost better plus your "honey-do" sign is perfect

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    1. Very good point, Michelle! You're right, the cutting machines come with a hefty price tag - hence the reason it took so many years for me to get one. Makes me feel better about doing it the good old fashion way. xo

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  3. Marie, I love how the signs look. Good job.

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  4. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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  5. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

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  6. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

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    1. Hi Marilyn, I'm thrilled - thank you so much for featuring my Honey-Do sign! See you at the party. xo

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  7. These are adorable, Marie! Always love having you at TTA! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you Julie, mine version of his sign was such fun to make. Hugs backatcha!

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  8. OMG I love it!! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma's house we go link party, I'll be featuring you on my blog this week!

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    1. Woot woot - thank you so much for the feature, Tarah! xo See you at the party 😀

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  9. These are adorable! Since I just became a first-time Gma myself, I really am thinking of repeating this idea. Great work on your shed. It's gorgeous.

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    1. Congratulations, Amy, isn't being a Gma just the best? Glad you like our HIS and HER signs and have fun making your own versions!

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