Nov 3, 2014

DIY Market Scrap Wood Sign {And The Easy Method for Transferring Text to Wood!}

Hello my peeps!

I'm sure you've all seen those amazing rustic wood signs that have been floating through blog-land fo-eva!

Any person who's into the rustic style owns at least one of these signs!

I'm not all rustic but it's no surprise that I'm totally into adding small touches of rustic around the house. Have you seen my DIY Rustic Coat Rack? How about my kitchen floors

I've been craving for a rustic wood sign ever since seeing this sign from Liz @ Love Grows Wild!

LOVE LOVE LOVE the charm and warmth they bring! They're just so fun!


I had a problem when it came to getting the perfect font onto the wood.

I don't own a fancy Silhouette Cameo.

Nor did the chalk transfer method work for me. Actually, it was just a big mess!

Nor did I dare free hand it because, penmanship sucks.

I thought I'd never get my rustic wood sign....sigh.

And then....

I found a solution!

I did the happy dance for days people. Days.

Because it not only meant that I'd get my DIY RUSTIC SCRAP WOOD SIGN but that I now had a solution for transferring ANY text or ANY image to wood!!

And yes. That's totally a big deal around here.

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Finding a piece of scrap wood was not a problem. I just scavenged through our pile on the side of our house and found the perfect piece that already had that aged and gray washed look.

All I had to do was give it a good wash and once it dried it was ready for the next phase....transferring my text phase!!!



Not sure how this didn't cross my mind when I was attempting the messy chalk transfer method but I'm so glad to have found it here.

I found my graphite paper in Hobby Lobby but there's some who have found newspaper to work just as well!


1. Print out your text in the size you want.

2. Cut off as much excess as possible from each letter and tape to the desired spot.

3. Place your graphite paper between your letter and wood and use a cool The Cat In The Hat Pencil to firmly trace only the outline of each letter.

*please note, The Cat In The Hat pencil is not absolutely necessary. You can use any pencil you want and it will work just as well. I'm just cool like that.

4. After you're finished tracing each letter, you will be left with the perfect outline that is so easy to paint over with a small angled brush!

I can't believe how easy this transfer method is!

My market rustic sign took me about about an hour to make and that's counting the time I spent looking for the perfect font and printing each letter out!

And the end result....well, I think you know I love it!

Doesn't it look so charming above my kitchen window?

And I love how the natural gray wash of the wood goes so well with those gray colors in my No Sew Roman Shade.

I did lightly sand each letter so it shows some of the wood through it. An extra easy step for an extra rustic look!

I used two saw-tooth hangers to hang up my pretty sign. I find this is the easiest and sturdiest way to hang up any DIY wall art!

I just love stepping into my kitchen and being greeted by this sign!

So I finally have my rustic sign!

Now that I know about this incredibly easy way to transfer text and images, I can guarantee you will be seeing more of it around here!

What would you use this transfer method for?

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Vel Criste said...

Great tutorial Selene! thanks a bunch!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

So happy you enjoyed the tutorial, Vel!!! Thanks!!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

That's it...I'm totally doing this!!!! We always have spare scrap wood lying around and I just asked my hubby if we had graphite paper and he said YES!!! Apparently it's left over from his stained glass project. Who knew? Anyway, I've been wanting a sign like this for my kitchen for so long. The only thing is that I can't decide if I want it to say "groceries" or "bakery" or even something fancy and French like "boulangerie patisserie" (which I think means "pastry and bread bakery", but all I know is that I went to one in Vegas once and got the best chocolate eclair of my life! Lol!) Anyway, I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out and I'll tag you in Insta when I post it. P.S. Hope my Hello Kitty pencil works as well as your Cat in the Hat one. P.P.S. This is going to blow up on Pinterest, mark my words! People are always looking for stuff like this!

Amanda Fettig said...

Umm, YES!! I totally always wonder what the best way to transfer letter to wood is, too!! I also don't own a fancy cutting machine, and I've also tried the chalk method. It's worked ok, but this is so much better!! Yay! :) Love your sign!

Yasmina @Mina and Her Blog said...

Hmm, I am totally going to try this out! Thank you for showing how to! I've seen post like this before but this one is so much better !
:Love it !!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

I'm so happy to hear this was helpful to you Lisa!! I know it was a huge deal for me when I discovered this easy method!! I can't wait to see your sign!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Amanda!! I agree that this is so much easier than the chalk method which for some reason never worked for me :(

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Yasmina! Yes- try it!!! So so easy girl!!!

Kate Thompson said...

This is soooo cute too! I love this!

Lisa S said...

Love this! I've had some success tracing around printed letters to make indentations on soft wood and paint within the lines, but those lines are barely visible. This would be so much easier! Thanks for the tutorial.

amy espinosa said...

Pinning This! Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing! said...

I love this tutorial! I don't have a Silhouette, either, so I am glad to see this! I would love to make my own signs!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Kate! I'm in love with the easy method as much as the sign!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Lisa! This method is the easiest one I've seen thus far without having to use a silhouette! I hope you give it a try!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks for pinning, Amy! Glad you liked it!

Rebekah Schwind said...

I NEED something like this in my kitchen. It's so cute!

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