DIY hand lettered wood sign with easy how to video

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Hello friends! Today I’m writing on wood signs, and you can easily recreate this DIY hand lettered wood sign in 4 quick steps. Video included!

It’s the holiday season, the perfect time to make a DIY hand lettered wood sign by simply using a pen and writing on wood signs. Or make a few extras to give as gifts. I have tips on how to transfer your image onto the wood, what kind of pens (yes pens! not paint) to use and how to add a protective sealer onto it. So let’s get started!

writing on wood signs

A DIY hand lettered wood sign is great way to get creative and make something personalized in an afternoon. You could letter a name, a quote, a poem or a year to commemorate. The possibilities are endless.

DIY hand lettered wood sign


Watch the Writing on wood signs Video Tutorial:

I LOVE watching How- to videos, I’m a visual learner and videos are my jam. I hope you feel the same way, and will enjoy my Lettering on wood tutorial! Watch the video by clicking on the video box below or head over to to my YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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Supplies used:

Here is a quick look at the supplies needed:

DIY hand lettered wood sign how to transfer words

  • WOODEN PLANK OR SIGN: You’ll of course need a wooden plank, either premade or repurposed. Many stores sell these Ready to hang and here are a few great choices.
  • TRANSFER PAPER: A transfer paper makes transferring the design onto the wood a breeze. The one I use in the video is a graphite based one, so any wrong marks are easily erasable! I have also bought these transfer papers and they are pretty good to use too. If you are looking for a white transfer paper to use on a darker wood, this one looks to be good.
  • OIL BASED MARKER: An oil based marker is what you need to be using. Not water based. Water based will smudge after drying on the wood. Any oil based marker- like my favorite MONO Twin permanent marker will work for this purpose. You could also paint instead of write- the choice is up to you.
  • MULTI PURPOSE SEALER: If your piece is going to end up outdoors, you will most definitely want to add a protective sealant. Mine is going to be kept indoors on my mantle, but in the video I use this (new to me) water based multi purpose sealer. It is great to use on a variety of surfaces- wood, metal, glass, glazed ceramics, terra cotta and plaster too
  • AN ANGLED PAINTBRUSH: Any paint brush will work to apply your sealer, but I like to use an angled one– it’s easier to work with and feather. I don’t mind using an artist quality paint brush for the sealer because it is water based and easily washed off.

How to:

Here’s a quick run down of the steps. Watch the video for a detailed tutorial.

I printed out a lettering design off of my computer. You can create something in Word or photoshop and resize it to match your wooden sign. This takes all the guess work of spacing the alphabets out- all we need to do is trace and color.

DIY hand lettered wood sign transfer paper

Using a transfer paper is a neat way to get your words onto the wood!

DIY hand lettered wood sign trace easy

Then color in your words with an oil based marker or paint them in if you choose to.

DIY hand lettered wood sign with a pen marker tombow

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you get any transfer paper stains onto your wood, you can easily erase them with the MONO sand eraser. If you painted your wood, then instead of erasing the marks, just repaint over them.
  • This technique is great for bold letters and faux calligraphy as well. You can easily free hand your design onto the wood as well too!
  • While tracing over the design, use some painter’s tape or washi tape to hold everything in place and prevent any shifting.
  • A DIY hand lettered wood sign can easily be further customized with photographs, felt flowers or any other kind of embellishments.

DIY hand lettered wood sign erase mistakes

Creative Christmas Challenge Blog hop

Today I am so excited and thankful to be a part of the #CreativeChristmas Challenge that is being hosted by Remodelaholic, There are tons of tutorials and ideas, plus a week-long link party for any and all Christmas projects that even you can participate in! There is also a YouTube blog hop (this is the first time I am participating in one!)  and you can start watching all the videos here or click on the video box below.

 And here is the list of ALL of the Blog hop participants. There are a whopping 26+ projects to inspire you this weekend!

DIY Christmas Trees and Ornaments

DIY hand lettered wood sign

Wintry Silver Dollar Store Christmas Tree Decor | Remodelaholic
Marbled Christmas Ornaments | Doodlecraft
Scrap Wood Inlay Ornaments | The Ugly Duckling House
Woodburned Wood Slice Ornaments | Sisters What
Flocked Pine Cones | Practical and Pretty
Abstract Monogram Ornaments | Domicile37
Concrete Christmas Ornaments | The Palette Muse
Wood Slice Deer Ornaments | Our Crafty Mom
Vintage Gumball Machine Ornaments | Beth Watson Design Studio
Etched Glass Ornaments | Just Call Me Homegirl
Unicorn Inspired Christmas Tree | The DIY Mommy
Driftwood Reindeer Ornaments | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Christmas Gifts and DecorDIY hand lettered wood sign

Christmas Pine Hoop Wreath | This Mama’s Dance
Gingerbread Man Candles | Nourish and Nestle
Wire and Glass Chandelier | Home with Cupcakes and Crinoline
Christmas Scroll Wall Art | Grace In My Space
Lighted Wood Trees | Frazzled Joy
Crocheted Christmas Hat | Luz Patterns
Christmas Card Photo Display| Hertoolbelt
JOY Porch Sign | Ginger Snap Crafts
Folding Bar Cart Table | Everyday Party Magazine
Wood and Burlap Christmas Sign | Leap of Faith Crafting
Wood Block Snowman | Anika’s DIY Life
Holiday Candle Wrap | Dragonfly & Lily Pads
Christmas Pom Pom Pillow | Small Home Soul
DIY hand lettered wood sign | Smiling Colors <——You are here

Follow my Hand Lettering Board on Pinterest.

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