DIY: Wood Sign Made With Stickers!

I love good quotes and I love wood signs, and I’ve always bought mine because, well, my handwriting is horrible with a paintbrush! Then while taking apart in my usual Pinterest addiction, I came across this amazing tutorial from Jennifer at Paisley Pink Polkadots. So, I took myself down to my favorite craft store and bought the following items:

1. Wood plaque
2. Letter Stickers (don’t be skimpy, better to have extra then run out!)
3. Paint

After I painted the sign white (will make letters white) I marked & measured so my letters would go on straight.

Make sure to press down the letters, otherwise paint will slip underneath.

Then I painted the whole sign. A little tip…less paint is more. With this sign, I painted to many layers and it seeped under the stickers. So with the sign I’m making now, I did a thin layer, which created a more shabby chic look!

After the paint had dried completely, I peeled each sticker off. I touched up some of the letters that the green paint had seeped onto with a little white paint.

After the touch ups dried, I sanded down the sign to roughen it up a bit and add a little a little character!

Then I added a little sparkle and glam, and ta-da!


      • megan says

        Could you get the sticker at Wal-Mart for this type of craft… cousin is doing a cloud and star design and thought I would add those to the canvas

        • Mallory says

          I think any sticker would work great with this! as long as you make sure they are smoothed down before painting to make sure the paint doesnt bleed under the sticker!

  1. says

    If you paint over the letters in the white paint first and let it dry before you paint the color you want your sign, any seepage will be the color you want it to be and your letters will be nice and crisp. Happy crafting!! :-)

  2. says

    What if you put a light coat of say, white paint first. Let dry then paint with the white and your color? Would the stickers peel up the paint or what? I am wanting to do this today or tomorrow and I’ve been worndering why. Thanks.

    • says

      I don’t have a picture of it, but I did paint the wood first with the off white paint. just make sure it is completely dry before applying the stickers! Have fun and share what you make! Love to see what others are creating!

  3. says

    With cute and clever projects like this, you would be an amazing consultant for Uppercase Living! I took a class using their grande flowers to upcycle old wooden chairs. Thanks for sharing this idea!

  4. says

    Hi Mallory!

    Love your work. Have you tried using Uppercase Living vinyl lettering? You can apply it straight to your painted boards or to your wall or vehicle or mirror….you get the picture!

    OR you can apply it to the board. Paint over it. After it dries peel off the letters. You won’t believe the clean lines!

    Let me know if you would like some info!

      • says

        Spray Paint would probably work fabulous! I didn’t think of it at the time, but it would be probably a lot easier to peel off the stickers with spray paint. The paint can tend to get gooey or not dry evenly! Good thinking gals!

        If anyone tries this, let us know how it goes!

  5. says

    Super Cute! I’m absolutely going to try this! Just thinking of the quote I want now. I pinned this! An idea for you would be to rename your images with your blog post title and the name of your blog so you get credit. =)

    • says

      Thank you so much!! And thank you to for the credit idea, but I got this from a fellow crafter and don’t want to take any credit for it! It’s just fun to be crafty and share!

  6. says

    I have never heard anyone else know this saying. I sing it to my baby all the time. My husbands grandfather started singing it to the baby and he would just laugh. It caught on.

  7. says

    Hi Mallory,
    Thanks for this tutorial! I did it last night and it worked so well. I’m posting about it next week on my blog! I LOVE how my sign turned out! Thank you again!

    • says

      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you Crystan! Holidays got busy around here! I let my paint dry over night and that seemed to be long enough. I’m sure spray paint would work great! Might even be better! Let me know how it turns out!

  8. says

    I love your idea! I have a family member who wants a specific quote on a plaque and she can never find it. I might try this idea out.

    Any ideas on how I can give the sign a country rustic look?

    • says

      Thank you! and this is the perfect DIY for gifts! I would love to see your sign when you are finished!
      To give it a country rustic look, I would paint it, and then use sandpaper to rough up the edges and sand away some of the paint, then you could stain it using coffee! Take a brewed cup of coffee and using a paint brush, paint the coffee over the dried paint….should give it a “dirty & old” look

  9. says

    Love this idea! I’ve made a few so far. I put hooks on one and made it a key rack. Working on my next one for Valentine’s Day!
    The boards can get expensive so I went to thrift store and bought some older boards and the ones that had stuff on them already I just primed and sanded before painting. Works great!

    • says

      I love the hook idea! lol would be great for my keys since i’m always misplacing them! And I agree, signs/boards are ridiculously expensive…thrift stores are a great place to stock up!

  10. says

    OMG what a nice sign! And I always wondered how to get letters on a picture like that. Finally I know! Thank you very very much!

  11. says

    Wow! I am SO glad I stumbled across this, I grew up with my grandfather singing this song (The Bushel and a Peck song) sadly he passed away a couple years ago, but this sign will be a great way to remember him at my wedding this Summer! Again, SOO glad I found this! Thank you!!

    • says

      Melinda, it was also a song my great grandmother used to sing…love it! And I love that you are incorporating it into your wedding! That will be so very special!!

    • says

      Hey Jen and Betty!! Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you! I’ve been a little MIA lately! To answer your questions, yes these were just ABC stickers I got out of the scrapbooking section of the craft store! and I think spray paint would work amazing!!! Might solve the problem with the paint bleeding through some of the stickers! Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

    • says

      Nikita, any size wood sign or canvas would work along with any size stickers (though the larger stickers are much easier to maneuver)…it all depends on the size of sign you want and how many letters you need to fit on it! Good luck!

  12. says

    I just did this on a canvas panel and it worked out perfectly! Thanks for the instructions and all of the comment input. After placing my letters, I painted the color I wanted them first, and then the sign color. Just like everyone suggested, it worked perfectly to stop the bleeding under the stickers. I even found the same stickers you used and they were on sale at Hobby Lobby this week. For anyone still wondering the brand, they are “The Paper Studio” near the barcode it says “Brush 1 inch Burgundy”.

    Here’s a link to a pic of mine…

  13. says

    This is a great idea! One way to solve the problem of paint seeping under the letters is to paint one layer the same color as the background (in this case white) that way if it does seep it won’t matter. Should be NO touch up! :)

    • says

      Oh no Brittany! A few of my stickers did that as well, mostly on spots that I hadn’t let the base paint color dry all the way. Mine came off pretty easy just by using a small X Acto knife, but I did have to do some paint touch ups after. Hope you figured it out and sorry it took me so long to get back to you!

  14. Karen Henderson says

    Another great method and a wonderful artist. Thank you Mallory for sharing this method. You are so sweet!

    • Mallory says

      Marybeth, this would work great on canvas!! I actually did a project with my kids with canvas and stickers! We covered the canvas with stickers, then let them fingerprint all over it and when the paint dried, peeled off the stickers! Same effect as the wood sign!!

  15. Stacy says

    Several people had asked about using spray paint instead for a sign, but never shared their results. I just made a sign with 12 lines of text and it turned out great! I spray painted the whole board white, then stuck my letters on top once it dried, and then spray painted over the stickers with pink spray paint. Once it dried I peeled the stickers off with an exact knife and I have very few letters that will need to be touched up. Hope this helps someone! :)

    • Mallory says

      Thank you so much Stacy for sharing! I’ve been wanting to do it with spray paint myself so I’m glad to here it turned out so well! not to mention it was probably faster!

  16. Autumn says

    What kind of paint did u use? I’m trying with acrylic and it’s not going as planned so far but we’ll see what happens…

  17. jen says

    I know its been awhile since this was posted. I tried this with acrylic paint and I can not peel off my letters. I have tried everything including an exacto knife. I have to sand off the stickers to start over but need help as to how I should do it this time.

  18. Kari says

    Tip: Paint a layer of Mod Podge over your letters to seal the edges (let dry really well) before you paint your background color. This will prevent the paint from seeping under the letters.

  19. Sandra Yarbrough says

    How do you peel the letters off with out the paint coming off with them???? I’m sure you’ve already answered this question so my apologies for asking it again. I have lots of different stickers that I seem to collect for one reason or another so this would be super cute if I can get the paint to stay as well. :)

    • Mallory says

      Hey no worries about asking! That’s what DIY is all about!
      The only paint that came up was the paint on the stickers. I haven’t had any problems with other paint coming up as well. Just make sure you don’t do too many coats of paint over the stickers! I think it comes down to just trying it and figuring out what works. Good luck!!

    • Mallory says

      Thank you! Any flat object will do! 😉 fence boards, canvas, cardboard…any craft store has wood plaques for sale in numerous sizes! Happy crafting!

  20. TT says

    Omg.. you are a genius. I have been rattling my brain thinking of ways I can do this one design on my plank and haven’t been able to figure out how my letters weren’t gonna look messy and never even thought of this. LOVE IT. Thanks for the great Idea!

    • Mallory says

      I can’t take all the credit for this but thank you! Glad that it was able to help you out with your project!!!

  21. David Randall says

    I use a Cricut to cut out sign letters and stencils. I use Mod Podge to seal the edges of letters. When dry, paint with color and you get great crisp edges on your letters.


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