DIY ROUND LAST NAME ESTABLISHED SIGN
How to make your own rustic farmhouse painted last name sign using your Cricut or another cutting machine.
Wow! I am so loving this round last name established sign I made for our realtor! It turned out even better than I thought it was going to. Usually, I distress my wood signs, like this bless our nest sign, even if its just a tiny bit to give it a little bit of its own original character.
But this one I left completely un-distressed (yup I’m using that one as a real word lol!). It’s more of a modern farmhouse look to me, and holy cow I love it!
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My husband and I bought our very first house, you can read about our first DIY home project here, and our realtor was AMAZING! Because she worked her butt off giving us such a wonderful first-time home buying experience we wanted to give her a special thank you gift. I knew she loved personalized things for her home and I had a hunch she was more of a modern farmhouse kind of girl and not a chippy shiplap kind of girl.
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I spent hours trying to find the perfect font for her gift and finally settled on one I found on www.dafont.com. Oh, the anxiety of finding the right font. I swear I spend more time picking a font for my Cricut projects than I do actually making the craft…please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.
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How to make a round last name sign for your modern farmhouse décor
Round last name established sign
- STAIN YOUR BASE
- TAPE OFF THE BASE
- PAINT A BASE COAT
- SECOND BASE COAT
- PEEL THE TAPE OFF
- APPLY THE STENCIL
- SEAL THE STENCIL
- PAINT THE STENCIL
- PEEL UP THE STENCIL
- LET DRY
DIY ROUND LAST NAME MODERN FARMHOUSE SIGN
1. STAIN YOUR BASE
I started with a pre-stained round wood base. If you are new to staining check out this quick video I made on how to stain wood easily without a giant mess. Be sure to let your sign DRY COMPLETELY for the recommended time according to the stain you use. If it’s not totally dry the stain will seep through to the paint and cause ugly unwanted marks.
2. TAPE OFF THE BASE
Using wide painter’s tape I taped off approx. 2/3 of my wood base to paint.
To be sure that there were no air bubbles in the tape I used my vinyl squeegee and pressed along the seam of the tape.
3. PAINT A BASE COAT
I used chalk paint to paint my base, the color sheepskin (I know weird name but it’s pretty!) Chalk paint isn’t for all paint projects but I do like to use it when painting over dark stain because it has great coverage.
Since I didn’t seal this sign I was sure to paint downward pulling my brush away from the tape line. If you pull your brush up toward the tape you could risk paint bleed underneath the tape line.
I also painted around the outside edge of my round wood sign.
I like to paint a thin layer to start with, one you can still see the stain through. Then I let that dry completely.
4. SECOND BASE COAT
After the first coat is totally dry I painted a second coat. Be sure it is dry, if you apply a second coat of paint with the first layer is still wet your paintbrush/paint will pull the first layer away from your base.
5. PEEL THE TAPE OFF
I usually always peel the tape/stencils while my paint is still wet. It’s all personal preference though. Some people wait till their projects are semi-dry or even all the way dry before peeling but I have had great luck peeling while the paint is wet so that’s what I always recommend.
6. APPLY THE STENCIL
After my wood circle base was dry it was time to stencil. I used oramask stencil film to stencil on personalization. This is my go-to material for doing most of my handmade wood signs. After I weeded my design I applied the transfer tape. For this wood sign, I am using expressions transfer tape, I’ve tried several different brands and really like this one. Don’t forget you can reuse your transfer tape so don’t toss it when you’re done.
After I removed the paper backing I centered my stencil sticky side down on my wood base, I just eyeballed it.
Happy with the placement I used my vinyl squeegee to press the stencil down.
Then I peeled off the transfer tape. When you do this you want to start from one corner and work your way to the opposite corner. Be sure not to pull up when doing this, you almost want to roll it off of the stencil.
7. SEAL THE STENCIL
I almost always do this with any sign I make to help prevent paint bleed. I seal my stencil with a SUPER THIN layer of matte finish mod podge. Then I let that dry.
8. PAINT THE STENCIL
I chose classic black acrylic paint for my personalized wooden sign. While chalk paint is great for stenciling I recommend acrylic paint for designs with thinner lines. Acrylic paint is thinner and won’t go on too thick with this type of stencil design.
I painted a really thin layer of black acrylic paint, you still want to be able to see the base color through the paint. Then I let that dry.
Then I applied a second THIN coat of paint after the first was dry.
9. PEEL UP THE STENCIL
Then I peeled my stencil up while my paint was still dry. Like I said above, this method works well for me but others like to wait till the paint is dry. I start at one corner and I pull up and across to the opposite corner.
To take out all the little middle pieces I use a sharp xacto knife to lift them up and off of my wood base.
10. LET DRY
I let my last name sign dry completely after peeling up the stencil.
Our realtor is going to love this handmade and personalized gift! I hope she cherishes it for years to come.
I hope you enjoyed this super simple sign painting tutorial. If you have any questions please feel free to ask them below in the comments.