Learn how to make this simple (and beautiful!) stained Give Thanks sign. Perfect for fall and the Thanksgiving holiday – with a touch of sparkle!
Skills Required. Beginner. Even if you’re a newbie crafter, you can do this project. You’ll do simple staining, cutting a stencil, painting, and Mod Podging to seal and add glitter accents.
I love working on DIY signs for the house. I have a Silhouette cutting machine and it really makes it easy for me, but you can always find great stencils at the craft store if you don’t have a cutting machine.
I decided I wanted to make a new fall sign for the house that also worked for Thanksgiving. I made a scrapbook paper fall sign last year and was really pleased with how it turned out.
Give Thanks Sign
Gather These Supplies
- Mod Podge Matte
- Wood – any size
- Stencil or cutting machine and vinyl
- Rags (optional)
Step 1 – Cut and Sand Wood
With most of my wood projects, I get a piece of wood at Lowes ($7.00) and have it cut into three perfect 12 x 12 pieces. With this project, I decided to sand and round out the edges first. Took about 10 minutes.
Step 2 – Stain Wood
Next, I stained the wood. I found the PERFECT stain color (you might be seeing a lot of projects using this now). I went over the wood twice with a sponge brush (you can also use rags). It really did dry within an hour as advertised on the label.
Step 3 – Cut Give Thanks Stencil
This step is optional. You can use vinyl and cut your stencil or you can use an already purchased stencil from a craft store. If you do decide to cut in vinyl I purchased this pre-made “Give Thanks” off the Silhouette library for .99 cents.
Step 4 – Fill in Stencil
I added my stencil to the wood (I will answer any questions you have about adding the vinyl). Then I filled in the “Give Thanks” with a sponge brush using chalk paint, I did a total of two coats. I personally feel chalk paint works the best when doing my signs.
Here is a very detailed post I did about adding the vinyl for another sign I did.
Step 5 – Add Glitter Detail
Now let’s add some glitter!!
I used my “trusty” Mod Podge and sponge brush and went over the whole area. Then I sprinkled my glitter on top. Make sure not to miss any areas.
Once you think your Mod Podge has dried, which shouldn’t be more than 10 minutes. Then you can pull all your vinyl off.
Now you have a perfect give thanks sign made in no time!! Plus it’s super cheap to make, which I love!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope this give thanks sign inspires you to make one of your own. It doesn’t have to be a fall themed sign, it can be any kind of sign! I just wanted to show how easy it is to make your own without spending a lot of money at a store.
- Mod Podge Matte
- Wood - 12" x 12"
- Cutting machine and vinyl OR a stencil
- Rags (optional)
- Get a piece of wood sized 12" x 12" from your local hardware store (I have them cut it for me).
- Sand and round out the edges of the sign with sandpaper.
- Stain the wood using either rags or a sponge brush. Rub on until you get the desired effect and let dry.
- Use your cutting machine to create a "Give Thanks" stencil out of vinyl.
- Attach the stencil to wood and smooth. Fill in the "Give Thanks" using a sponge brush and paint. Let dry.
- On the accents, apply Mod Podge to the stencil with a sponge brush. Sprinkle glitter on top and let dry. Brush away the excess.
- Pull the vinyl off the Give Thanks sign and touch up any areas that need it. Let dry completely before displaying.
- Costs vary greatly for this project! I already had everything on hand but the wood and the graphic. Scrap wood is great for this project.
- You can always use a stencil and paint to make your "give thanks" letters if you don't have a cutting machine.
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