Easy DIY Rustic Joy sign!

This adorable little signs come together in just minutes and is such a fun little project if you want to DIY a little holiday cheer!

Let's create

Your Supply list:

Rulers or paint mixing sticks (3 packs) Circle ornaments or mini wreaths Sponge brush Wood glue Wood stain (color of your choice) Matte paint or chalk paint (I’m using white but color of your choice) A stencil (for the J and Y) I’m using one I made from card stock but you can buy stencils from amazon! Twine for hanging (optional) Hot glue gun (optional - can use wood glue just takes longer to dry)

If paint sticks have a rounded top be sure to cut that off using a hand saw or any saw on hand. You will want to be left with just straight line for this project.

Align the paint sticks to determine how tall to make your sign. Each stick is approximately 1.5 inches. I will be using 6 sticks that measure to be approximately 17 inches width and 10 inches height. If the sticks have numbers, be sure to use this side as the back. Cut two more sticks approximately 9.5 inches to use as the brace on the back to hold the rest of the sticks together. *Total you will be using 8 sticks up to this point

Once the 9 inch sticks are cut, use wood glue (I’m using gorilla wood glue) on both pieces and flip down (approximately 2 inches in from the edges) on to the back of the aligned sticks (6 sticks). Press down and hold for a few minutes. Doing this allows the 9.5 inch pieces to lay across the other 6 sticks and acts as a brace to hold them all.


Be sure not to over do it on the glue otherwise when you press down, it could possibly seep through to the front of the sign in-between the sticks. Allow your glue to dry according to the time suggested on the bottle.

Once dry, use a sponge brush and wood stain and begin to stain the front and sides of your sign in a well ventilated area. Be cautious about the amount of stain you use.

Set aside and allow to dry completely at least 24 hours or depending what is recommended on the can.

After stain has completely dried and set, be sure to measure your sign and mark the middle to attach your “O” ornament or mini wreath.

Mine measures to be just about 17 inches width. Therefore, the “O” will be about 8.5 inches.

Now glue your “O” ornament or wreath down. You can use wood glue, this will take much longer but I have found that hot glue works best.

Next use the stencil purchased or made and find the middle from the edges of the sign to each side of your “O”. This will be approximately 3.5 inches for the “J” and 13.5 inches for the “Y”.

Tape the stencil to the front of the sign.

* Keep a measuring tape on hand to refer to where each letter will go. Using the sponge brush and matte paint or chalk paint, and stipple the paint onto the stencil and sign. DO NOT BRUSH THE PAINT ON.

Stipple the paint in layers until the coverage is to your desire. For a more rustic look, allow some of the wood to show through.

Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry. Once everything is completely dry, hot glue twine to corner on the back for a hanging option.

Ta Da!!!

You can use anything for the "O"- that's what makes this project so fun!! You can add a simply greenery wreath and some buffalo plaid ribbon for a sweet farmhouse look!

Such a fun and easy DIY!

Catch me doing this project LIVE on Hometalk TV on November 5th at 11am cst!



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