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 layersuse a firm paintbrushallow paint to dry completely before painting another layerpeel 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.