Stenciled Timber Signs

Stenciled Timber Signs

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.

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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.

💖 Home doesn't have to be a mansion. Home is simply the place you rest your feet, take off your bra after a long day, stick notes on the…

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

Every home needs a home sweet home sign and this is just about the easiest way you can make your own. Video tutorial included. #homesweethomesign #stencils
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Mandala Timber Art Natural
My Stencil Lady
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DecMode 49 in. Wooden Wall Decor - 52796

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God Gave Me You Wood Pallet Wall Decor
Hobby Lobby
White distressed for a perfect farmhouse or cottage look. These are hand painted and made using real wood. Approximately 8wide by 24 long.
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Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self Control Sign from JNMRustic Designs on OpenSky
JNMRustic Designs

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This sunflower sign is completely handpainted standing 3 feet tall and 12 inches wide with a light American walnut stain background. Please note: These signs will vary slightly as they are hand painted. Care Instructions: This sign is coated with outdoor sealer but may need a fresh coat every year or every other year
Love Craft Decor
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Magnolia Signs
Just in time for Halloween! Handcrafted distressed wood creating this Rustic Extra Large Entryway Spooky Sign. Sign measures 48x 7 1/4 x 3/4. The piece has been cut to size, sanded, painted, distressed and stenciled with acrylic paint. It has been coated with matte polycrylic to
Hallies Collectibles

Do you make your own timber signs? I’d love to hear your favourite quote or wording, leave a comment below…

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