I love the look of reclaimed wood signs. But I have no clue where to get “reclaimed” wood. And have I mentioned before that I am not all that great with power tools? I can use a compound miter saw like no one’s business, and I’m no stranger to using a drill or sander, and I just used a jigsaw for the first time this past weekend. But, that is pretty much the extent of my power tool skills. So while building a real framed reclaimed wood sign would be awesome, it just wasn’t something I could do. Yet.
Instead I decided I was going to shop my house for things that were going unused. I do this a lot. Shop my house, and collect things that often go unused. I swear I wasn’t a hoarder until I started blogging. Then it turned me into a person who would often say, “Hmm, maybe I could use that…” or “maybe I could turn this into that.” Sometimes things really do go unused and I end up throwing them out. And sometimes there are things that get repurposed into something great like the wood sign above.
I wanted this sign to go with my daughter’s room and theme, so I went with the Dr. Seuss book quote, “Oh the places you’ll go”. I love that book, and the message it gives to kids and adults. I want my little girl to know that she can dream big, live her life, make mistakes, and still come out okay in the end.
DIY ‘FRAMED” WOOD SIGN
- Unused frame
- hot glue gun
- craft plywood/thin plywood
- a saw (easiest way is to use a compound miter saw)
- paint and paint brushes
- stencils or drawing of what you want on your sign if you free hand it
All it took was an unused picture frame, some plywood, and a dream. Okay, it took a little more than that, but it was pretty simple and I am excited to tell you how I did it. Just excuse the picture quality, because I wasn’t really planning on blogging about this project.
First you’ll need an unused picture frame similar to this one:
See how the frame has a raised up edge all around it? Frames like these are perfect for these DIY “Framed” Reclaimed Wood Signs. Since you won’t be using the print or glass or backing, just toss them all. Once you’ve got the frame by itself, you can paint it. You really just need to paint around the frame’s outer sides, and the raised up area that will remain showing. Everything else is getting covered.
Next you’re going to take thin craft plywood that you can find at Joann’s or you can find thin pieces of plywood at Home Depot in their trim and molding aisle. The craft plywood from Joann’s and thin plywood from Home Depot come in different widths. Make sure you measure the width and length inside your frame that the plywood will be covering so that you know how many pieces you will need. You can vary your pieces like I did, or use ones that all have the same width. After you bring your plywood home you will need to cut it to the length you need. Then sand the edges so no splinters show. If you want a more reclaimed wood look I would suggest staining your plywood pieces like I did, then paint over them with whatever color you choose, making sure you let some of the stained wood peak through.
I decided I wanted my wood painted more so I just added some more watered down white paint to the plywood pieces. Once they were painted how I wanted them, I used a hot glue gun, yep, a hot glue gun, to glue the plywood pieces down to my frame. It worked great. They’re glued on there really well and it only took a few minutes to glue them all down.
Once your plywood is down you can then get to work painting your chosen design or phrase on your wood sign. Along with the “Oh the places you’ll go” phrase, I also thought it would be cute to paint a hot air balloon on the sign. It definitely gives it a cute made for kids room look, but doesn’t look to baby-ish with the mint and black color combo. I used a Silhoutte to cut out the hot air ballon stencil, and the words for the sign too.
Once your sign it dry you’ll be able to hang it up without any fuss since most frames already have a picture hanger hook on their back to begin with.
Find a great place to hang your sign, and be sure to share a picture of it because I would love to see it! Tag @alwaysnwonder on Instagram if you want me to see or comment on them! Or email a pic to me if you want, alwaysinwonder @ gmail . com.
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