How to Paint Letters on Wood without a Stencil in 6 easy steps

Hello friends! Today I have a new tutorial for you- A holiday themed wooden sign! Come and see how to paint letters on wood without a stencil!

When it comes to Christmas Crafts, I’m totally digging the pink christmas trend and went with a simple modern look for this tree here. I love using acrylic paints and in today’s video I’ll show you how to paint letters on wood without a stencil, and you don’t have to be a hand letter expert at all to learn this technique!

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  • WOODEN PLANK OR SIGN:  Any piece of wood (shaped or rectangle) which can be cut at home or bought at a craft store. Here are a few great choices.
  • ACRYLIC or CHALK PAINT: I used this pink one
  • DIMENSIONAL PAINT:  for lettering like this one or use any black acrylic paint with a paintbrush or nozzle.
  • PAINT BRUSHES– an angled one and a smaller one.
  • TRANSFER PAPER: The one I use in the video is a graphite-based one, so any wrong marks are easily erasable!
  • MULTI-PURPOSE SEALER: I use a water-based sealer, this one is great to use on a variety of surfaces- wood, metal, glass, glazed ceramics, terra cotta, and plaster too

How to paint letters on wood without a stencil video

I have a in-depth tutorial showing how to paint letters on wood without a stencil on my YouTube channel. Click HERE to watch it or click the video box below.

Tutorial: how to paint letters on wood without a stencil

  • STEP 1: Prepare your wood sign with stain, chalk paint or acrylic paint.
  • STEP 2: Onto a piece of paper, practice your lettering first. Or use a print out like I did in this lettered sign.Transfer your sketch onto the wood plank using a transfer paper.
  • STEP 3: Once the sketch is on the wood, using a paint pen, or a dimensional paint trace the words slowly.Apply even pressure and go slow to get even amount of paint onto your letters.
  • STEP 4: Once the lettering dried completely, I went back and using a small paintbrush touched up any of the pencil lines showing through.
  • STEP 5: Finally, I added some doodles of holly leaves, and swirls around to fill in all the empty spaces around the letters.
  • STEP 6: Protect your sign with a coat of sealer if you are planning to use it outdoors.
how to paint letters on wood without a stencil

Once it all dried, I totally loved how it turned out! I love anything with hand lettering and the black words simply pop off of the pink! Also, I am totally digging the pink color for the holidays.

hand lettering on felt with paint


Today friends I’m part of a great blog hop! Be sure to check out all the Creative Christmas tutorials below.

01 Creative Christmas 2018

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Decorating | Remodelaholic
Copper Christmas Ornaments | From House to Home
DIY Rustic Carved Wood Ornaments | Ugly Duckling House
Snowman Globe Ornaments | Kailyn Williamson
Dollar Store Snow Globe Ornaments | Our Crafty Mom
Handlettered Ornaments 3 Ways | Lemon Thistle
Wood Slice Snowman Ornament | Creative Ramblings
Mini Wreath Ornaments | Love Create Celebrate
Easy DIY Geometric Ornaments | Practical and Pretty
7 Cheap and Easy Christmas Ornaments | Toolbox Divas
Macrame Ornaments | Frazzled JOY

02 Creative Christmas 2018

Grapevine Christmas Wreaths | Grace in My Space
DIY Apple Candle Village | Life on Summerhill
Festive DIY Christmas Card Holder | Red Cottage Chronicles
Lettered Tree Sign | Smiling Colors
Modern Christmas Wreath | Sister’s What!
Reversible Holiday Easel | Queen Bee of Honey Dos
Pretty Decorative Clothespins | Sustain My Craft Habit
DIY Wooden Triangle Christmas Tree | Adventures of a DIY Mom

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  1. What a pretty way to decorate a DIY tree! I love the pink and black…non-traditional colors that still look festive 🙂

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