HOW TO STENCIL WOOD SIGNS

how to get super crisp lines when making stenciled signs
DIY painted wood sign using your Cricut. How to get crisp lines when stenciling using stencil film.

HOW TO STENCIL WOOD SIGNS

Want to know how to stencil wood signs to get straight clean lines with no paint bleed?

If you have you struggled with getting those super straight crisp lines when making your painted lettered wood signs this post is for you.

Oh girl, I have been there too! I began my sign painting journey when the youngest of my 4 daughters was a brand new baby. Let me tell ya the trials and errors seemed to be never ending! I was using a dinosaur of a Cricut machine, the Cricut Expression (I’m sure most people haven’t even heard of that one lol!!). My budget for materials was basically non existent so I was using what I had on hand to make stencils : cardstock and shelf liner paper.

how to get crisp lines when painting wood signs

Eventually I started ordering vinyl and stencil film online as my business and my skills grew. The one BIG change to my sign painting game… ORAMASK STENCIL FILM.

oramask stencil film

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While I am glad now that I had all of those issues in the beginning with paint bleed, my stencil material not sticking down, sticky residue left behind, paint peel up… at the time I was not. I just wanted to exactly know how to stencil wood signs and them turn out perfect every time. I would get so frustrated I wanted to cry or throw my project across the room or sometimes even both.

DIY painted wood sign using your Cricut. How to get crisp lines when stenciling using stencil film.

What I didn’t realize at that time was that all of tears and days of wanting to throw my projects out the window were actually setting me up for something much bigger than making a sale to help pay off debt. Those early days were teaching me how to do it all the wrong way so I could learn how to do it the right way AND how I can teach others what I know.

So paint bleed no more! Now my lines are crisp and clean each and every time I make a hand painted wood sign. And I love that I can share with you how you too can have super crisp lettering on your wooden signs.

 

New to Cricut?

If you’re new to the Cricut world be sure to check out my post on the 10 must have supplies & accessories you need when you’re just starting out using your cutting machine.

I do use a couple different techniques to achieve my perfectly crisp lines. Here are some of my sign painting projects below. I walk you through every tutorial on how I made each sign. To read them in full detail either click on the picture or click on a link below it.

My top 4 products to sign painting success:

  1. ORAMASK STENCIL FILM

  2. VINYL SQUEEGEE

  3. CLEAR TRANSFER TAPE

  4. XACTO KNIFE

If you plan to make a lot of stenciled wood signs buying your materials in bulk will save you SO MUCH MONEY. This is one tip I wish I would have known about sooner. My profit margins would have been a lot bigger if I knew where I could buy my oramask stencil film in large quantities for a fraction of the price. Click HERE to see where I buy my stencil film for sign painting.

1. DIY WOOD SIGN: MINI STENCILED SIGN WITH DISTRESSED EDGING

 

DIY baby it's cold outside warm up here coffee bar sign

 

This was such a cute little sign I put up on my coffee bar this winter. You can read the tutorial HERE for the Baby it’s cold outside warm up here hot cocoa & coffee wood sign.

—> CLICK HERE for the baby it’s cold outside sign painting tutorial<—

2. DIY WOOD SIGN: MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE ROUND LAST NAME ESTABLISHED SIGN

 

DIY round last name established sign farmhouse look

 

Round signs are very popular right now. I created this custom last name established sign for our realtor after we bought our home. The amount of work she put into making it the best experience for us was amazing. I really wanted to gift her something super personal and gorgeous. You can read the full tutorial HERE DIY wooden round last name established sign.

—> CLICK HERE for the round last name established sign painting tutorial <—

3. DIY WOOD SIGN: COLORFUL HOT MESS METHOD

 

DIY hot mess colorful wood sign, dreams that you dare to dream really do come true sign

 

This was such a fun sign to make. Typically, the HOT MESS sign painting method is done on a canvas, or it was when I made this sign. See all those crisp colorful lines? Yup, all thanks to Oramask stencil film. You can read the full tutorial HERE hot mess painted wood sign.

—> CLICK HERE for the hot mess sign painting tutorial<—

4. DIY WOOD SIGN: BLESS OUR NEST REVERSE STENCIL METHOD

 

DIY bless our nest wood sign using the reverse stencil method

 

This sign painting method is great for beginners. It’s quick and easy! You can read the full tutorial HERE bless our nest wood sign reverse stencil method.

—> CLICK HERE for the bless our nest reverse stencil method <—

5. DIY WOOD SIGN: LARGER THAN MAT LAUNDRY SIGN

 

DIY larger than mat horizontal distressed gray and white LAUNDRY wood sign

 

Kick the intimidation of bigger than the mat projects. Learn how I made this oversized laundry room sign that exceeds the boundaries of my Cricut cutting mat. You can read the full tutorial HERE make your own easy laundry room sign using your Cricut.

—> CLICK HERE for the larger than mat sign painting tutorial<—

6. DIY WOOD SIGN: STAINED BACKGROUND WITH PAINTED LETTERING

 

DIY stained aqua kitchen wood sign, life is short lick the spoon

 

This was a fun project that a friend of mine asked me to make for her. The aqua stain color on this piece was a great way for her to add a pop of color to her gallery wall in her kitchen. Read the full tutorial HERE life is good lick the spoon wood sign.

—> CLICK HERE for stained base and painted letters sign painting tutorial <—

7. DIY WOOD SIGN: FRAMED LEANING PORCH SIGN

 

DIY rustic farmhouse leaning framed Halloween porch sign

 

This leaning porch sign is probably one of my favorites! You can read the full tutorial HERE it’s Halloween witches leaning porch sign.

—> CLICK HERE for the framed leaning porch sign painting tutorial <—-

I hope this post helps you for how to stencil wood signs. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

HOW TO STENCIL WOOD SIGNS

If you have you struggled with getting those super straight crisp lines when making your painted lettered wood signs this post is for you.
Total Time28 mins
Cost: $

Instructions

  • 1. DIY WOOD SIGN: MINI STENCILED SIGN WITH DISTRESSED EDGING
  • 2. DIY WOOD SIGN: MODERN FARMHOUSE STYLE ROUND LAST NAME ESTABLISHED SIGN
  • 3. DIY WOOD SIGN: COLORFUL HOT MESS METHOD
  • 4. DIY WOOD SIGN: BLESS OUR NEST REVERSE STENCIL METHOD
  • 5. DIY WOOD SIGN: LARGER THAN MAT LAUNDRY SIGN
  • 6. DIY WOOD SIGN: STAINED BACKGROUND WITH PAINTED LETTERING
  • 7. DIY WOOD SIGN: FRAMED LEANING PORCH SIGN

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