DIY Family Established Monogram Wooden Sign

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DIY Family Established Monogram Wooden Sign

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Have you been looking for handmade gifts ideas, or maybe you want to make some personal decor for your home? If so then you will enjoy this super easy {and affordable} DIY Family Established Monogram Wooden Sign.

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DIY Family Established Monogram Wooden Sign

When Eric and I were trying to come up with gift ideas to give our parents at our wedding we knew we wanted to give them something personal and handmade, especially considering nearly everything else in our wedding was handcrafted.

For this project I basically used the same technique as I did for my “love you to the moon and back” wood sign. I will go over the steps again quickly here, but feel free to reference that post or this one on our wood slice ornaments for a more detailed tutorial.

The first thing we did was cut down 2 pieces of old barn wood we had on hand. I sanded them down lightly to make it easier to transfer the letters, but wanted to keep most of the imperfections.

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I then used Illustrator to make the monogram and plan out how I wanted the sign lettering to look. You could use photoshop, paint, word, etc. Basically any image or text editing software will do.

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I then flipped all of the wording horizontally. This step is crucial if you want your sign to come out correctly!Looking for a thoughtful gift idea? See how easy it is to create this Family Established Monogram Wooden Sign using your Printer! MountainModernLife.com

I then enlarged my letters to make sure they would fit proportionality on the wood sign. I printed them out on 3 separate pieces of regular copy paper, and then taped them together so they wouldn’t move when I placed them on the wood.

I made sure to have a bowl of water handy, some tape {I used frog tape}, a paint brush, a sharpie marker and a tape measure to help me figure out the placement of the letters.

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After I taped the pages together {I cut some of the paper edges off so they could be closer together and appear more seamless}, I flipped the papers over and onto the board where I wanted them to be transferred.I then taped the papers to the board so they wouldn’t move while I worked on the transfer.

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I then dipped my paint brush into the water and started “painting” the water on top of the board. Don’t get it soaking wet or it will just tear up the paper. You will start to see the ink bleed through the paper at this point. I then used the cap of a sharpie marker to “burn” the letters/image into the wood by scratching it over the paper.

This is what it looked like once I removed the paper:

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I then went back over it with a small paintbrush and some diluted black paint {you can use whatever color you want} to fill in any spaces.

When it’s finished you can add some clear sealer on top.

We also attached picture hanging hooks to the back along with some twine, so it can be propped up on a shelf, or hung up.

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This is what it looked like when I was all done:

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Looking for a thoughtful gift idea? See how easy it is to create this Family Established Monogram Wooden Sign using your Printer! MountainModernLife.com

And there you have it, a super easy DIY family established monogram wooden sign that you can make for yourself or give as gifts :)

Update: Here’s a photo of the sign I made for my dad and stepmom, which has now been on their front porch for about a year and a half. It’s definitely weathered looking but I’m surprised how well it’s held up, especially since I’m pretty sure I forgot to seal it. Woops.

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19 Comments
  • I love this!!! It’s so cute, I need one for my porch, right now!! Thanks for sharing!

    November 22, 2013 at 9:01 am
    • That’s exactly where my dad put their sign :) Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m glad you like it.
      ~Katie

      November 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm
  • I love the rustic feel that this method gave! Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    November 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm
  • Dad
    Reply

    And we love ours, it looks great!

    November 27, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    • Glad you like it :)

      December 2, 2013 at 11:10 am
      • bernadine dempsey
        Reply

        please help ! where do you get your boards?

        December 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm
        • Hi Bernadine! I bought this wood from The Old Wood Warehouse {also known as Heritage Heart Pine}, located in Carlton Georgia.

          December 6, 2013 at 10:01 am
  • Linda
    Reply

    I’m working on a sign for a gift, and I appreciate your clear tutorial so much! Would you mind sharing what font you used for the word? I can’t find one that looks just right. Thank you for showing us how! :)

    November 30, 2013 at 4:07 pm
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  • Dennis
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    Hi, I was really impressed with how you made your sign. Did you use an ink jet printer? I tried this but my printer is a lazer and well , it didn’t turn out like yours. Anyway, nice way to make a sign.
    Cheers

    January 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm
  • Just wondering if this will work on wood that’s been painted on. I.e. if I painted wood white and then used black ink to transfer over?

    November 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm
  • will the ink not run or smudge if this is hanged outside and it rains?

    April 8, 2015 at 7:02 am
  • Anne O'Donnell
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    Great Idea! You didn’t say what kind of printer you used – laser or jet ink. I have that makes a difference. Which do you use?

    April 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm

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