12 days of crafting: painted wooden message boards

12 days of crafting handmade christmas gifts handmade christmas decor From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some fun ideas to create a handmade Christmas. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or decor for your own home!

Day 7: Painted Wooden Message Boards

diy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote board

This awesome message board tutorial comes from Carrie. We like to say we’ve been friends since we were in the womb, since our moms were in childbirth class together. However, things got rocky (literally) when we reunited at 5 years old – while playing outside together, Carrie threw gravel in my eyes. Not cool. Anyways, back to the craft at hand. I love these message boards because they are super popular in stores and on etsy, but I hadn’t seen anyone make them until Carrie put some up on her facebook a couple weeks ago. Here she is to explain how she makes them…

Supplies: diy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote boarddiy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote boarddiy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote board

  • wood (my favorite is finding and using scrap wood.  The best piece I ever found was one that washed up the shore at Picnic Point beach.) For these particular boards we bought 1/2″ thick sheet of plywood and had it divided and cut into 6ths.
  • sander
  • paint (I buy little $1 bottles from Michael’s craft store.  Each bottle painted about 2 of these plywood boards.)
  •  paint brush
  • letter stencils (mine were 3/4 and 1″ sizes)
  • spongy things to paint on the stencil (optional, could just use a brush probably)
Instructions: 
1) Sand the wood
2) Apply one coat of paint
3) Sand the edges to give the vintage look
  diy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote board
diy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote board
4) So after sanding, painting and sanding again, it’s time for the stenciling.

I used chalk and a straight edge to draw lines on the board to help with spacing.  This is easily wipe-off-able after the paint dries and is a good guide.

diy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote board

I’m impatient, so I stenciled each letter, wiped the stencil with a wet paper towel and moved on to the next before the first letters or stencils fully dried.

diy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote board

This created some imperfections of misplaced bits of paint transferred from the stencil.  Some might say it adds to the “vintage” or “homemade” look..

diy painted wooden message board, stencil wooden sign, quote board

Isn’t it awesome? Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Carrie! I am a big fan of quotes and Bible verses and song lyrics, so I would love to do one for our own home. I’m just so impressed with how it turns out! Wouldn’t this make such a good Christmas gift? So go make one!

In case you missed it…
Day 1: Christmas Kissing Ball
Day 2: Vanilla-Infused English Breakfast Tea
Day 3: Iris Paper Folding
Day 4: Paper Circle Garland
Day 5: Rice-Filled Neck Warmer
Day 6: Felt Stacking Tree

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