DIY Rustic Welcome Sign

Since we are now country folk, it was high time we got some deer art up around here. I found this adorable wood art piece on Joss and Main and loved it. It was around $40-$50 on their site and I knew I could make it myself for a lot less so I went for it. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into our house from the garage and I love it.

our neck of the woods sign 3We used some scrap wood we had on hand but if you were making it from scratch, here’s what you would need:

  • 5 pieces of 1″x4″ wood
  • chalk paint
  • a Silhouette {or other way to make your own stencils}
  • black craft paint
  • wood lath
  • chop saw

We first cut the 1″x4″ wood to size {ours are about 18″ tall} and glued them together with wood glue. We let it set for a couple hours with clamps on.

our neck of the woods boards

Once it was dry, I stained the whole piece.

our neck of the woods sign stainingLet that dry and then apply the stencils. I got a deer from the Silhouette store and then created the words myself using two different fonts and cut it all out on some scrap vinyl.

our neck of the woods sign vinylI used some Annie Sloan chalk paint to cover the rest of the wood outside of the stencil.

our neck of the woods sign paintPaint over everything.

our neck of the woods sign paintingOnce that was dry and I came back with my stencil and painted the black letters over the white paint. Peel off the stencils while the paint is still wet. Once I peeled off all the stencils and the paint dried, I also did a very quick and soft rub over the entire thing with a piece of sand paper.

our neck of the woods sign peelingThe final step was to create the frame. You don’t need to do this but since our walls are white I wanted to make the sign pop off a little more. Mike cut the wood lath to fit the outsides and we stained it to match.

our neck of the woods signSide note for the picture below-put your laundry detergent in a vase or jar. It’s much prettier to display:)

our neck of the woods sign 2


our neck of the woods sign 4Sneak peak of some kitchen updates:) The art turned out really cute and is the perfect art to greet our guests.

How do you decorate to welcome your friends and family?

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  1. I absolutely love this!!!!! You did an incredible job!

  2. I love this! Sometimes DIY signs can look so crafty to me, but your’s looks awesome. Is the Silouhette similar to a Cricut? A family member is giving me hers and I’d love to try it out with a project like this :)

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