Making a show-stopping DIY large wood sign is easier to make than you think! Here’s a great tutorial for how you can make your own gather sign for your home.
I shared this “Gather” sign on our front porch on Instagram and I had so many people ask me to write up how I made it. Here’s a quick tutorial so you can make your own customizable gather wooden sign
How to make a large wood sign –
I shared this “Gather” sign on our front porch, and I had so many people ask me to write up how I made it. Here’s a quick tutorial so you can make your own customizable wooden sign
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Materials needed (this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. full disclosure here.)
- Plywood (use exterior grade plywood if hanging outside)
- Flat trim wood
- Stain(this is the kind I used for my border, but any of these stains are great!)
- Liquid Nails
- Sharpie paint pen (LOVE these and use them on so many different projects!)
I made a video of the process here – to see the pictures and instructions, keep scrolling down!
The back of this sign is made of plywood. I got mine cut at Lowe’s once I figured out the correct dimensions. Make sure that if you’re going to be using this sign outdoors (like I did) that you get an exterior plywood.
Paint the plywood your color of choice – I did a coat of primer & a coat of satin white paint. Then you’ll make the “frame”. It’s so simple – I stained flat trim wood (it’s $5 for an 8 ft. piece) and adhered it with liquid nails.
How to transfer text onto a wood sign –
Once the adhesive dries, figure out what word/phrase you want to write, and pick a font you love. I enlarged the word, and split it up in a Word document. I did one page per letter for this sign. Tape them in place on your painted plywood:
Trace the letters with a ballpoint pen. Make sure you press hard – you want to make an indent in the wood underneath the paper:
Finish up your gather sign –
Once you’ve traced your word, you’ll want to fill it in. You could choose to use paint and a small brush, but it makes it SO much easier if you use a paint pen.
And that’s it! We attached two large sawtooth clips on the back to hang on concrete nails:
See more pictures of our welcoming porch space here.
Now, if you don’t want to make your own sign – there’s no judgement here! There’s a LOT of options of gather signs you can buy online – here’s my favorite picks:
I made another version of this sign, using a similar technique, in our kitchen. Come see how I did it:
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