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Merry Christmas Sign – Hand Painted Wooden Sign

Hand painted wooden Merry Christmas wall plaque sign.
This is part 1 of a two-part Merry Christmas sign DIY tutorial.

Disclosure: I was provided product by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Hand painted wooden Merry Christmas wall plaque sign. This is part 1 of a two-part Merry Christmas sign DIY tutorial. Part 1 explains how to make the Merry Christmas sign and Part 2 demonstrates how to go from a pretty sign to a STUNNING Merry Christmas sign! Click through for the tutorial: thediydreamer.com

I’ve always wanted a Merry Christmas sign to hang outside my home, yet I could never find something that seemed to fit with my taste. I wanted something out of the ordinary, something with not so typical Christmas colors. I decided to take matters into my own hands and just make one instead.

This project is actually a two-part tutorial. Today I’ll be sharing how I made the Merry Christmas plaque with my Mom. You’ll have to come back on Wednesday to see the finished project. Trust me, you won’t want to miss the finished product. 

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Merry Christmas Sign Plaque

Supplies:

  • Wood for plaque. My piece was by 5.5″ x 20″ and my father used the router to give it a nice edge. Obviously I could have left it as is too.
  • Merry Christmas lettering that I printed and blew up with my photocopier. Font: Mission Script – 16″ wide
  • Paint for plaque. BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Satin Enamel Galapagos T16-04
  • Paint for lettering. BEHR MARQUEE Exterior Satin Enamel – Pistachio MQ4-42
  • Paint for shading. BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Satin Enamel – Black Pearl T16-01
  • Paint for snow effect. BEHR MARQUEE Exterior Satin Enamel – Pink Chalk MQ3-03
  • White Graphite Paper
  • Pencil or pointy object to trace like a ball stylus.
  • Paint brushes
  • Old toothbrush
  • Wax paper
  • Water

Instructions:

Step 1: First thing I did was take out the two main colors I wanted to use on the plaque, to make sure I liked the color combo. I LOVED it, so I proceeded by painting the plaque in BEHR Galapagos (T16-04).

BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Satin Enamel - Galapagos T16-04 and BEHR MARQUEE Exterior Satin Enamel - Pistachio MQ4-42

Step 2: Once the plaque was dry, I used white graphite paper to trace the Merry Christmas onto the plaque. I used the same tracing technique that I used on the Arrow Wall Decor.

How to trace lettering onto wood.
How to trace lettering onto wood.

Step 3: Using the Merry Christmas outline as my guide, I painted it in with BEHR Pistachio (MQ4-42).

How to paint a Merry Christmas sign.

Step 4: Next up, snow effect!

Using a toothbrush dabbed in a little bit of BEHR Pink Chalk (MQ3-03), my Mom ran her thumb through it. This made the paint sprinkle over the plaque just like snow.

Technically Step 4 should be done after Step 5. However, I wanted to see how it would look with just snow and no shading. I preferred with shading, so we added some after.

Snow effect with toothbrush

Step 5: We applied a small amount of BEHR Black Pearl (T16-01) on a piece of wax paper. We added a little bit of water to make it extra runny.

Using a shading brush, my Mom contoured the inside of each letter.

Adding shading to Merry Christmas

Here’s the completed Merry Christmas plaque!

Hand painted wooden Merry Christmas wall plaque sign. This is part 1 of a two-part Merry Christmas sign DIY tutorial. Part 1 explains how to make the Merry Christmas sign and Part 2 demonstrates how to go from a pretty sign to a STUNNING Merry Christmas sign! Click through for the tutorial: thediydreamer.com
Hand painted wooden Merry Christmas wall plaque sign. This is part 1 of a two-part Merry Christmas sign DIY tutorial. Part 1 explains how to make the Merry Christmas sign and Part 2 demonstrates how to go from a pretty sign to a STUNNING Merry Christmas sign! Click through for the tutorial: thediydreamer.com
Hand painted wooden Merry Christmas wall plaque sign. This is part 1 of a two-part Merry Christmas sign DIY tutorial. Part 1 explains how to make the Merry Christmas sign and Part 2 demonstrates how to go from a pretty sign to a STUNNING Merry Christmas sign! Click through for the tutorial: thediydreamer.com

Isn’t the color combination really fun? I just love the Galapagos and Pistachio together!

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is only part 1. The Merry Christmas sign is not complete! Make sure to come by on Wednesday to see what I added to the plaque to make it STUNNING!

Update: Check out part 2 of this tutorial here: Painted Merry Christmas Sign with Hanging Ornaments.

Looking for another fun Outdoor Christmas Project? If so, you have to check this out!

Outdoor Christmas Countdown Marquee Sign

Outdoor Christmas Countdown Marquee Sign. Such a GREAT Christmas DIY project. Follow this step by step tutorial to make your very own. Click through for the instructions: thediydreamer.com

Have a GREAT day!

Christine

Disclosure: A big THANK YOU to BEHR for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.


Cheryl

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Love it!!

Ashlyn at A Mom In Training

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

I think I'm in love with your blog. I love how easy and beautiful your sign turned out!

Kelli

Monday 30th of November 2015

What a cute sign! I love the color combination!

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