HOW TO MAKE A WOODEN FRAMED FAMILY LAST NAME + NUMBER SIGN

Can you make a wooden family last name sign? Of course, you can! Not only can you make one for your own family you can make them as a gift for loved ones.

Instead of paying someone else big money for makeing personalized wood signs learn how to easily make your own.

Whether you need to make a custom last name sign for yourself or for someone else this DIY tutorial is sure to be helpful.

black wooden sign with dark brown stained frame. lettering is painted in font and has a personalized last name at the top of the sign and party of 6 underneath. Sign is sitting on a pallet background.

This exact sign was extra special to create. It was made for friends of ours who are welcoming 4 kiddos into their family via adoption!

Being the frugal AND crafting momma that I am I had to make our friends their own wooden family last name sign!

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What materials and supplies do you need to make a personalized framed wood sign?

WOODEN FAMILY LAST NAME SIGN

How to make a framed wood sign. Pesonalized party of last name family sign DIY
Total Time3 hrs
Cost: $

Materials

Instructions

  • WOOD BASE: CUT & PAINT-
    Cut your wood base to your preferred size. Then measure and cut your framed pieces. Lightly sand the wood base and framing pieces with 120 grit sandpaper.
    Stain the framed pieces and set off to the side to dry.
    Paint the base with 2 coats of the color of choice, allowing paint to dry between coats.
  • STENCIL: DESIGN, CUT, & APPLY-
    Design your stencil. I personally used Cricut Design Space to create my stencil in.
    Cut your design out on Oramask stencil film, weed then apply clear transfer tape.
    Transfer the design onto your dry wood base and use a vinyl squeegee to help remove bubbles. Then remove the transfer tape.
  • PAINT STENCIL-
    Paint the stencil with 2 layers of paint, allowing paint to dry between coats.
    TIPS FOR PAINTING A STENCIL:
    paint very thin layers
    use a firm paintbrush
    allow paint to dry completely before painting another layer
    peel stencil while paint is still wet (this is a personal preference but for the thousands of painted wood signs I've made peeling while the stencil paint is wet has had the best results)
  • ADD FRAME-
    Add the frame pieces that are exact sizes to the sides of the sign first. Place a bead of wood glue on the side of the wood sign, place the frame so it aligns perfectly on that side then attach with a nail gun. I use a Ryobi brad nailer and brad nails to attach my wood frame pieces.
    Repeat this until all of the pieces are attached to the wooden sign. Before hang on the wall be sure the glue dries completely.

How to paint a family name + number sign

1. WOOD BASE: CUT, STAIN, & PAINT

Cut your wood base to your preferred size. Then measure and cut your framed pieces. Lightly sand the wood base and framing pieces with 120 grit sandpaper.

Stain the framed pieces and set off to the side to dry.

Paint the base with 2 coats of the color of choice, allowing paint to dry between coats.

woman painting a 1"x12" wood sign base black using a 2" artist craft paintbrush. There is a paint tray beside the wooden base with black acrylic paint in the center. Woman is using a canvas drop cloth to protect her table surface while she crafts.

2. STENCIL: DESIGN, CUT, & APPLY

Design your stencil. I personally used Cricut Design Space to create my stencil in.

Cut your design out on Oramask stencil film, weed then apply clear transfer tape.

Transfer the design onto your dry wood base and use a vinyl squeegee to help remove bubbles. Then remove the transfer tape.

Want to save $$ on stencil film material? Click here to see how I cut my stencil costs in half!

3. PAINT STENCIL

Paint the stencil with 2 layers of paint, allowing paint to dry between coats. Note: larger coverage areas, like the 6 on this design, may require 3 layers of paint.

TIPS FOR PAINTING A STENCIL:

  • seal stencil prior to painting. GO HERE TO LEARN HOW
  • paint very thin layers
  • use a firm paintbrush
  • allow paint to dry completely before painting another layer
  • peel stencil while paint is still wet (this is a personal preference but for the thousands of painted wood signs I’ve made peeling while the stencil paint is wet has had the best results)

Once you’ve painted your stencil peel the stencil up starting from one corner and pulling toward the opposite corner of the sign. Then use an xacto knife or sewing pin to lift up the middle pieces. Discard the stencil pieces once peeled up.

4. ADD FRAME

Add the frame pieces that are exact sizes to the sides of the sign first. Place a bead of wood glue on the side of the wood sign, place the frame so it aligns perfectly on that side then attach with a nail gun. I use a Ryobi brad nailer and brad nails to attach my wood frame pieces.

Repeat this until all of the pieces are attached to the wooden sign. Before hang on the wall be sure the glue dries completely.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.

Happy Crafting!

2 thoughts on “HOW TO MAKE A WOODEN FRAMED FAMILY LAST NAME + NUMBER SIGN

  1. Hello! These are lovely and has given me some inspiration to make for Christmas gifts. It’s gonna take me some time albeit! What size did you create your frames and color stain did you use? Thank you for your help!!

    1. Hey Elizabeth! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial:)! For the stain color I used Kona I’ll put my referral link below. My frames were made from a 1×2 and I just cut them to size to fit around my wood sign. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.
      KONA STAIN—> https://amzn.to/346UdzB

      Megan

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