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Rustic Front Porch Christmas Sign

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We may be majorly downsizing in 3 months, but I’ve decided that’s only more reason to enjoy decorating our (rental) home for the holidays, and that includes the front porch. So this year I made a quick and easy rustic front porch Christmas sign that says “Joy”.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

Rustic Front Porch Christmas Sign

Seriously ya’ll this project is so easy and is a fun way to spread some holiday cheer on your porch. True confession, I originally planned to paint my sign in BEHR Farmhouse Red but I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to go with Carbon. I think the black paint is the perfect backdrop for the white letters and gives the sign a vintage/rustic vibe. Plus the pops of green and red look so pretty next to it.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

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Here are the supplies I used for my hand painted Christmas sign:

Scrap wood

Sandpaper

BEHR Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Satin Paint – Carbon N520-7

BEHR Satin Enamel Paint –  Polar Bear

Paint Brush

Craft/Detail paint brush

Ink Jet Printer/Copy Paper

Chalk

Pen

Nail/Hook

Wreath

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Roughly two years ago we built a rustic desk for my office, which was then moved into our bedroom before being replaced by a smaller desk. It was then dismantled and we’ve repurposed the wood into several projects since, including the pipe shelves in our dining room, my moose mug holder, and now this Christmas sign. Plus there is still even more scrap wood to use for future projects.

The length of the wood was perfect for my vertical sign and two of the boards were already kreg jigged together (basically screwed to one another using our fave tool ever, the Kreg Jig). We just had to attach another board that had previously been unscrewed.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

If you are using multiple pieces of wood and don’t have the Kreg Jig you can always use wood glue and nail or screw in a wood brace to connect the boards to one another. Or make it even easier by using just one board that is wide enough 🙂

The boards were dirty and a bit roughed up from being in our garage, so I cleaned them up and gave them a light sanding. I wanted character so I didn’t bother making them perfect for our rustic front porch Christmas sign.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

I then brushed on a coat of BEHR Carbon Exterior paint. The coverage was awesome and I only did 1 coat. I wasn’t too concerned about perfection since I planned to distress the wood a bit later on anyway.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

I then used my inkjet printer and regular copy paper to print out the letters “J” and “Y”. I used the same font I used for our “Merry Everything” sign, which you may have seen in my Christmas home tour last year.

I thought about using my Silhouette machine but decided to hand paint the letters on instead so that I could distress them for a vintage/rustic feel. Once printed I used one of my favorite techniques to transfer the letters onto the wood. This basically imprints the design onto the wood in chalk so that you can use the transfer as a guide to paint on top of.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

First, flip the paper over and rub chalk all over the back of the paper on the opposite side of the ink letter.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

Then flip it back over, place it where you want on the wood, and begin tracing the outline of the letter with your pen (any pen/pencil/colored pencil should do the trick). I also shade in the inside of the letter with my pen real quick. Don’t worry about it being perfect.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

Afterwards you can remove the paper and will see the letter has been transferred on top of the wood with chalk. It’s like magic. No matter how many times I do this, it amazes me every time. #easilyamused

Yes it may be a bit messy and there could be chalk dust around the letter but you can easily clean that up with a tissue or q-tip. It’s really just there as a guide so that you know where to paint.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

I used sample paint for the letters that I had on hand from when we were trying to decide what shade of white to paint our bedroom. It’s called Polar Bear and it seemed totally appropriate for our rustic front porch Christmas sign, don’t you think? 🙂

I painted a couple coats of white paint with a small detail/craft brush, letting it dry in-between. I like to mix in a little water to help it go on smoother. Again, I wasn’t worried about it being perfect since I knew it would be sanded down and distressed later on. Here is a photo during the process. Looks rough, eh?

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

I have shaky hands and just want you to see that it doesn’t need to be perfect because a couple more coats and some distressing can make all the difference.

I then added a nail to the center of the boards so that I could hang a wreath from it to be the “o” in Joy. I love the pop of green that it brings to the sign. I think I will add some battery operated LED lights to the wreath in the next couple days.

Here is my rustic front porch Christmas sign all finished up. I didn’t bother sealing it since I don’t mind it getting more weathered but you could certainly add some sealer for added protection.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

Oh and I may have moved our welcome mat to clean it up before the photo and totally forgot to put it back, haha.

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

See how easy it is to create a rustic front porch Christmas sign using one of my favorite design transfer techniques. MountainModernLife.com

And that’s it! Pretty easy, huh? What do you think of the rustic front porch Christmas sign? Will you be making your own?

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How about some more holiday inspiration? Visit the blogs below for additional outdoor project ideas!

DIY Painted Wood Snowman | The Frugal Homemaker // Merry Christmas Sign with Hanging Ornaments | The DIY Dreamer // Joy Porch Sign | Sugar Bee Crafts // Paint Dipped Pine Cones | Someday I’ll Learn // Santa Front Porch Display | NewlyWoodwards // DIY Black &White Ornaments | My Little Secrets // O Holy Night Sign | Marty’s Musings // Fence Picket Door Hanger | Maison de Pax // Ornament Frame Decor | Made to be a Momma // Holiday Planter | Life at Cloverhill // A Monogrammed Christmas Wreath | Just a Girl and Her Blog // Outdoor Christmas Display | Frugal Mom, Eh! // DIY Outdoor Plywood Holiday Trees | Décor Adventures // Christmas Hanging Baskets | Clean and Scentsible //  Outdoor Lanterns | All Things Heart and Home // Plaid Deer Head Sign | A Pop of Pretty  // Christmas Decorating | Be Crafty Workshop // DIY Christmas Trees |  Poofy Cheeks  gray-triangle-border-upcycledtreasures-01

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8 Comments
  • JoeyfromSC
    Reply

    my fave Behr paint color is:

    calypso blue! love it!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

    Joey J.

    December 3, 2015 at 3:10 am
      • JoeyfromSC
        Reply

        Thanks! Yea, it’s a great color!

        December 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm
  • Love your rustic sign and the Carbon is the perfect backdrop 🙂 xo

    December 4, 2015 at 7:04 am
  • This is so cute! Love the rustic look!

    December 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm
  • This is too cute! I love the font you chose and the wreath as the letter “O.”

    December 8, 2015 at 9:16 pm

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