It’s been a little while since we did a DIY  sign post, right? For a while there, we were kicking at least one out a month. With the arrival of spring, I decided it was time for a new sign to freshen things up around here. What I love about the word “fresh” is that it has a few different meanings. When put in the kitchen, maybe it speaks to fresh produce. In the craft room or office, it makes me think of fresh  and new ideas. And if I were to put it in one of my children’s rooms, I couldn’t help but think that it kind of speaks to their attitudes. They have been known to get a bit fresh with me.
1 6-ft 1×3
1 11.5″x16.5″ piece of 1/4 inch thick plywood/mdf
Paints of your choice (I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this set of acrylic paints from Amazon)
Stencil letters or Silhouette machine to make stencil
This is actually one of those projects that I did with scraps from the workshop. The sign when assembled is about 20.5″x16″.
Create a 1/4 inch wide, 1/2 deep groove in your 1×3 using your table saw. For more detailed instructions on how to do this, see this post.
Cut your 1×3 into the following sizes:
2 –  11″ long pieces
2 – 20.5″ long pieces
I painted the frame pieces and the sign insert prior to assembling. I used acrylic paint and watered it down slightly so that it appeared more like a stain on the wood. On the sign insert, I did a whitewash application, similar to this sign I did last year.


Next, using wood glue, assemble your frame around the insert. Use a clamp to hold the sign together while the glue sets. (Ignore fact that the sign already has letters on it, I did things slightly out of order).
Once sign is set, get out your stencil. Usually I’ll use the vinyl for my silhouette so that it adheres to whatever I’m stenciling, but I was actually out of vinyl, so I did it the (slightly) old fashioned way. I still used the silhouette, but this time just cut out my letters on regular card stock. I then traced the letters onto the center of the board with a pencil.

Then I hand painted the letters in dark grey and yellow paint. Certainly this took a bit longer than my usual method (see this post ) BUT it was kind of nice to do something by hand for a change.  Let it dry and you’re done!