DIY OH HELLO LEANING PORCH SIGN
Make your own unique rustic farmhouse leaning porch sign… bonus + FREE SVG
How to make rustic leaning porch signs
The other day I shared with you how I turned a rusty old metal locker / cabinet into a storage for our muddy shoes on our sunporch. I had picked up that rusted gem at a local antique store for just $20! I had no idea when I bought that chipped old farmhouse looking piece that it would actually serve our home double duty! Now I have a mud room shoe organizer and a leaning porch sign with very little effort and it didn’t hurt my wallet.
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Here’s what the metal cabinet looked like when I picked it up from the antique store.
And here’s what I repurposed it into. So perfect for our family’s muddy shoes on the sunporch!
When I bought the cabinet it had a broken door hinge making the door element useless. Thankfully, I was able to remove the metal door without effort. It just slide right up and out of the hinge.
How to paint your own farmhouse style welcome leaning sign for your front porch
Here’s what I used
black outdoor paint (here’s a paint similar to the one I used)
1. CUT OUT LETTERS
You can grab the same oh hello SVG that I used in my free resource library. That’s where I keep all of my printables, cut files, and more for my readers to use free of charge <3!
Cardstock was a great choice for a stencil medium on this DIY craft project. I was afraid if I used a sticky back stencil (like used on this other leaning porch sign) would remove a lot of the paint and rust that was already on the metal door.
I uploaded the SVG into Cricut Design Space then sized it so that it would fit on the 12”x59” door. Since my stencil was larger than the mat size I had to break the SVG up into smaller sections in DS. This is easy, just take a square and slice the letters out so now you have individual sections instead of one single image, I hope that makes sense. Here’s what my SVG looked like after I sliced it and deleted the duplicate slices (I changed the colors so you could see them better).
To cut them out I used 12”x12” cardstock. If my cut image was larger than 12” I just butted two pieces together and taped the seam. Click here to see how I do this on another project.
2. ARRANGE LETTERS & TRACE
After my letters were cut out I decided which end I wanted to be the top…then I did opposite of that lol I placed my door on one side of my table then went to the other side to arrange my letters, total facepalm moment. But that’s ok it turned out SO CUTE even with that mess up. I left more blank space toward the bottom of the sign so that I would have room to place a plant at the base if I wanted without hiding the first letter. Here’s a great still shot from my video lol!!
I recommend using sharpie for tracing your letters. For me, a pen was not heavy or dark enough to see on the metal door. It was brown but the black paint covered it perfectly!
—> if you LOVE this easy DIY stenciled sign check out this rustic farmhouse round last name sign made using my Cricut <—
I had a bottle of old outdoor paint, like 3 years old, and used that to paint my sign. I used a small round tipped brush to outline the letters but also fill them in as I went along.
Like with most of the DIYs I do for around my house I needed this one to be quick and easy. I’m a busy momma to four girls and we had a movie to catch at the theatre so I used my heat gun to speed up the dry time.
5. 2ND COAT OF PAINT
After the first coat dried I realized the lettering needed a little more coverage. This went much faster than the first coat. Then I used my heat gun to dry it again.
I’m super impatient so I put my sign out as soon as that second coat was dry.
I still can’t believe how gorgeous this front porch sign turned out. When I purchased the old locker I had no plans to use its rusty old door. Now, I’m so in love with it!
I hope you enjoyed this crafty tutorial. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
DIY rustic front porch sign
- paint brush
- CUT OUT LETTERS
- ARRANGE LETTERS & TRACE
- 2ND COAT OF PAINT