Timber signs are a staple for most farmhouse and beach house decor styles. Add in some shabby chic chippy paint, and stenciled words or patterns, and you really can’t go wrong!
I have made quite a few timber signs over the years – both before and after owning a vinyl cutting machine, aka the Silhouette Curio.
Pre-machine I would stencil the words on the old fashioned way. I’d print out the words on paper, then trace onto a piece of baking paper. On the backside of the baking paper I’d cover the lines with pencil, before turning the paper back over and tracing over again onto the piece of timber.
Once the pencil lines had transferred over, I’d then set about hand painting the design.
It was extremely time consuming but got the job done!
Nowadays, stenciled timber signs are made much easier with the use of a cutting machine, freezer paper and vinyl. There are so many great designs available for download, and stencils can be purchased from craft stores.
Here are some of my Stencilled Timber Signs
This Beach Hut sign was made with the help of plastic pre-cut stencils from Tulip. They can be found at craft stores like Spotlight.
The above sign had the nifty addition of pegs to hold notes or mail.
Coffee is always first right! I ended up adding a couple of cup hooks to the bottom of this one.
This Relax sign is probably one of my favourites from my early sign making days. This was when I’d started to experiment with different textures and adding the extras such as painted hessian and starfish.
This sign is a recent one and made with the help of the Silhouette Curio. Rather than being painted, the design has been cut out of scrapbooking paper and glued into place before getting a coat of clear sealer to finish.
Another favourite from back in the hand painting days! I just adore the hessian rose addition and ended up pulling this off the sales table and kept it for myself.
This above garden sign was made specifically for a friend’s wedding. To keep with the wedding decor, we also made up timber candle stands with stenciled table numbers.
I have made plenty of signs over the years but photos have since been lost. Instead, let’s take a look at some other great examples of stenciled timber signs.
Other Stenciled Timber Sign Examples from around the web
Do you make your own timber signs? I’d love to hear your favourite quote or wording, leave a comment below…
If you love crafts, then you’ll love my blog about Bleached Tees. You can read it HERE.