Hi friends! I have another DIY addition to my front deck to share, and this one does not require any woodworking skills (other than making straight cuts to create three boards of equal length), easy peasy! (Okay, I may be picking up some language phrases from my 7 year old… 🙂 ). I built my DIY floating deck towards the beginning of summer and have spent the remainder of the summer building furniture to adorn my new deck and make it the perfect and pretty space for chillaxin’! Love my new DIY outdoor sofa, coffee table, and planter! I still had one large wall that looked plain and empty, so I wanted to create something to give that wall a pop of color and make the deck area feel more inviting. So, I decided on a DIY front porch sign.
This sign was easy to make and was finished in one day!
DIY Front Porch Sign Supplies and Materials
|Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator||Fusion Paint Mandala Stencil Kit||Foam Stencil Brush|
|Circular Saw||Eye Hooks||3/8 inch White Rope|
DIY Front Porch Sign Wood List:
DIY Front Porch Sign Wood Cut List:
DIY Front Porch Sign Instructions:
1. Cut a 1×10 board to 2′ in length
2. Cut two 1×6 boards to 2′ in length each
3. Drill four 3/4″ pocket holes into one long side of one side of the 1×10 board
4. Using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, attach one of the 1×6 boards to the 1×10 board
5. Coat all boards with Varathane Weathered Wood Accelerator and let dry completely.
6. Tape the Fusion Paint Mandalay stencil to the upper left corner of the 1×10 board. Using the “putty” color paint that came wit the stencil kit, paint the center of the section using the stencil foam brush.
7. Next, paint the next few rounds on the stencil with the Inglenook paint that came with the kit.
8. Then, paint the next several circles on the stencil with the Azure paint that came with the kit.
9. Lastly, paint the last two rows with the Coal Black pain that came with the kit.
10. Slowly pull the stencil off at a slight angle.
11. Repeat these steps in the lower right corner of the attached 1×6 board, leaving the bottom right corner of the stencil hanging off the board.
12. Repeat the stencil process one additional time on the center of the lone 1×6 board.
13. Next, in a word processing software on your computer, type “The”, followed by your last name, followed by “Family”. Use a font and font size that you like and that will fit on the 2′ 1×6 board. I used the Edwardian Script font for the words “The” and “Family” and I used Bell MT font for the last name. Print out the lettering once the font and size are correct.
14. For the attached 1×10 and 1×6 boards, print the words “Welcome” and “to our porch” in a font of your choosing. I chose Bell MT font (font size 300) for the “Welcome” and Bradley Hand ITC font (font size 300) for the “to our porch” text.
15. I taped the printed wording to the boards in the position I wanted them, and then traced over all the letters with a sharp pen, making sure to press hard enough to leave indentations in the wood.
16. Once the wording had been traced onto the boards, I used a white paint marker to trace over and fill in all the lettering the lettering, except for the “on the porch”, which will be traced over with a fine paintbrush and the Azure paint.
17. I screwed two eye hooks into each the top and bottom of the lone 1×6 board, and then two more eye hooks into the top of the 1×10 board.
18. I then attached a piece of rope to the two eye hooks at the top of the 1×6 board, and used rope to hang the 1×10 board from the lone 1×6 board, attaching the rope through the eye hooks. I then hung in its intended location on my front porch!
Here’s the blank wall that needed a splash of color:
And here it is with the splash of color added:
Now, I just need to add a small bench along that same wall to match the new sign! One project always leads to another! 🙂