I absolutely LOVE wooden signs! I’m so excited that I’ve figured out an easy way to make them myself and I can’t wait to share it with you!
My collection of signs is definitely growing and I especially love signs with quotes. I came across an Irish Blessing quote from Thomas Osborne Davis and I knew right away that I wanted to make a welcome sign for my entryway!
Come at evening or at morning
Come when expected or without warning
A thousand welcomes you’ll find here before you
And the oftener you come, the more we’ll adore you
– Thomas Osborne Davis
I’m sharing some easy tips for creating this Irish Blessing Sign so you can have one for yourself without spending a fortune (and there’s NO TOOLS NEEDED)!
HOW TO MAKE AN IRISH BLESSING SIGN:
- Sheet of plywood and balsa wood strips (see details below)
- Paint pen
- Carbon paper
- Wood glue
So, here’s what makes this project so easy. You can find everything you need at a craft store! There’s no need to go to the home improvement store for the wood. I found this sheet of birch plywood already cut to the perfect size (there were multiple sizes available, but I chose 12in x 24in).
Right next to the plywood were these long strips of balsa wood! Why on earth have I never used this stuff before? It’s so lightweight! It feels more like foam than wood. They were perfect for framing out my sign.
I ended up needing 3 strips of balsa wood to frame out my sign. I simply measured the length I needed and marked it with a pencil. Then, I cut each piece with an Xacto knife. You can actually just snap them in half but I was able to get a nice clean cut with the Xacto.
I painted the sheet of plywood with white chalky paint that was watered a little so it would show some of the natural wood underneath. Then I stained the balsa wood with a dark walnut stain.
I typed up my quote in Canva using a template that was the size of my plywood. Canva allows you to add line and text spacing so I was able to get the words lined up just the way I wanted them.
I then printed the quote by choosing the poster option. This broke it up into 4 sheets of paper. Make sure you check the option to add crop marks. These will help you line everything up correctly!
I taped the sheets of paper together and lined them up on my plywood. I taped it down in a few places to make sure it didn’t move around.
To transfer the letters to the wood I used my favorite method…carbon paper!
Just slide it underneath the paper with the carbon side facing down and start tracing. This part can be a little tedious but it’s totally worth it when you’re done!
Once all the words were traced onto the board, I filled them in with a black paint pen.
The final step was to frame out the sign with the balsa wood strips. Since these are so lightweight, I just used wood glue. It worked pretty well. My wood was a little warped so I used a clamp but it’s not necessary.
I love the way it turned out and it looks great over my mudroom bench!
See! No big tools or equipment needed and since I already had the paint and stain, this project only costs me about $15!
What do you think??
I’ve used the carbon transfer method several times. Check out one of my favorite projects below: