DIY Family EST. Sign

So Last Week I shared my New Family Gallery Wall
{which still makes me smile every time I glance at it}

Today I will show you How you can Create your very own
Family EST. Sign

1. Grab any size/type board, paint grey, let dry

2. Paint Black, let dry

3. Sand/Rough it up

4. Print out your last name & Est. date on your computer as shown below

5. Tape in place and Trace pressing down hard using  a ball point pen

6. You can see by pressing hard, you indent the wood creating a nice stencil to paint. I used white acrylic paint with a thin brush and used the lines as my guide.

And you create...

Every home needs a EST. sign
don't ya think?

Linking this VIP EST. Sign Here!


  1. I love this!! It looks exactly like the ones people pay big bucks for! I really love that you don't need any type of stencil to do it!!

  2. Love it!! And love the tutorial on how you did it. I'm still struggling with transferring images, but this should work well for simpler designs.

  3. LOVE it!! You did a great job & I completely 100% agree that everyone needs an est. sign :)

  4. You probably shouldn't have showed us how easy this is....I thought you did something much more complicated!! Great tutorial

    And for the record, I just did P90x. I forgot how much I hate Toney. Thanks for the inspiration....

  5. Love it Jen .... Great job Thanks for sharing!

  6. I do think! I'm going to pin this tutorial on my crafts board.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  7. Such a cute sign! Love it!

    Just found you via Mom4Real, looking forward to following along!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. So cute! I just got a vinyl cutter, so I could totally make this sign, after I make the million other projects that I have on my list:)


  9. Love how this turned out! I have one that I want to redo. It was a gift, and while I love the sentiment, I'm not diggin' the country-ish handpainted flowers on it. I've been wanting to give it a makeover so I can hang it up again in our new house : )

  10. Seriously?? That easy?? Well hecky darn, I believe even I, the craft challenged, could do this! Thanks for the tutorial doll face!

  11. Jen, this is amazing....I love how you did a low-tech version with your letters since I have a low tech crafting area. This est sign ROCKS!!!

  12. I love the sign- would make great wedding gifts!

  13. Ohh I didn't even think how perfect this would be to make for my son's wedding this fall! Thanks for sharing this at the party this week Jen :-)

  14. I love it! It would make a fantastic wedding gift too. Great job :)

  15. Hi there! I'm visiting after linking up with TipJunkie's "Tip Me Tuesday"! This is such a great idea! I love it, and the best part is it seems like a pretty quick DIY, which is always nice. I agree with many above, too -- what a sweet wedding or anniversary gift this would make! In fact, my anniversary is just around the corner! Looks like this is something my husband will be getting!

  16. Fantastic Jenn. I love your sign. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

  17. Love this! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing :) www.DomesticMess.com

  18. This is a fantastic idea! I can't wait to try it out.

  19. This is adorable... and so simple! I would have never thought to use the pen/tracing technique... so much easier than trying to paint through a stencil, which I tend to have trouble with lots of messy lines when doing... Thanks for the idea!

  20. SO PRETTY!!!!!! Honestly, you did a FABULOUS job!!!!!!

    Now, I hope you are planning on sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! Please!!

    1. Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  21. CUTE! I am in the middle of making one too! I'm stuck on what font I want to use though =/ I have it all painted up but that's it, lol

    Visiting from The 36th Avenue

  22. So, I am feeling really stupid right now. I am going to ask a very dumb question...but I know you'll still love me....

    How in the hell did you get your letters to print so large?? I am trying to work on a sign right now and Microsoft Word only goes up to font size 72. Am I missing something? Having a massive blonde moment???


  23. Good news....I can do it on my other computer. For some reason, my other one won't let me type in a font size. So it wasn't my blonde-ness after all:)

  24. Jen, I love this sign! Your family gallery wall looks terrific! Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great weekend.

  25. Absolutely ADORE this!! Hope you can link this up at my new linky party Trendy Tuesday!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/06/trendy-tuesday-4.html

  26. You probably shouldn't have showed us how easy this is....I thought you did something much more complicated!! Great tutorial
    Richard's Woodwork Tips


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