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Easy Give Thanks Sign is So Budget Friendly!

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.

Easy Give Thanks Sign is So Budget Friendly!

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.

So I decided on making a new give thanks sign for this year, but adding a touch of glitter! Gotta LOVE some glitter, right??! Learn how to make this DIY Thanksgiving sign below.

Give Thanks Sign

Gather These Supplies

  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Wood – any size
  • Stencil or cutting machine and vinyl
  • Stain
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Paintbrush
  • 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.

Sanding a piece of wood

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.

can of Rust-oleum wood stain in dark walnut and a stained piece of wood

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.

Give thanks stencil

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.

Painting a give thanks stencil with a spouncer brush and white acrylic paint

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.

Add Mod Podge and glitter to a give thanks Thanksgiving sign

Once you think your Mod Podge has dried, which shouldn’t be more than 10 minutes. Then you can pull all your vinyl off.

Thanksgiving give thanks sign

Finishing Touches

Now you have a perfect give thanks sign made in no time!! Plus it’s super cheap to make, which I love!

Easy stained wood Thanksgiving sign

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.

DIY give thanks sign for Thanksgiving decor
Yield: 1 sign

Give Thanks Sign

Learn how to make this simple (and beautiful!) stained Give Thanks sign. Perfect for fall and the Thanksgiving holiday - with a touch of sparkle!

Learn how to make a unique DIY Give Thanks sign with Mod Podge, stain, and vinyl lettering! Perfect for fall and Thanksgiving.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Wood - 12" x 12"
  • Cutting machine and vinyl OR a stencil
  • Paint
  • Stain
  • Sandpaper
  • Glitter
  • Rags (optional)


  • Paintbrush


  1. Get a piece of wood sized 12" x 12" from your local hardware store (I have them cut it for me).
  2. Sand and round out the edges of the sign with sandpaper.
  3. Stain the wood using either rags or a sponge brush. Rub on until you get the desired effect and let dry.
  4. Use your cutting machine to create a "Give Thanks" stencil out of vinyl.
  5. Attach the stencil to wood and smooth. Fill in the "Give Thanks" using a sponge brush and paint. Let dry.
  6. On the accents, apply Mod Podge to the stencil with a sponge brush. Sprinkle glitter on top and let dry. Brush away the excess.
  7. 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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Did you enjoy this project? I’d love for you to check out these other Thanksgiving craft ideas:

Erica Capuano

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

So pretty! I love it!


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Thank you so much!!

Alison Palmer

Tuesday 15th of November 2016

I'm glad I found this today. I have just enough time to make one of these before my family comes to celebrate the holiday.


Sunday 6th of November 2016

Thank you. This would be great for my home Thanksgiving décor.

mary springer

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

I love this, and like so many others want to get on it! Thanks for the sharing and amazing ideas. Just got a big restock supply of Modge Podge products tools mats and more..ready to get creative! Like the other idea listed below to with the books and chalkpaint..and the winterwonderland...


Thursday 3rd of November 2016

This is beautiful, so great for the Thanksgiving season.

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