DIY Cute Signage

Hey there! Today I’m going to share with you a craft moment from our closet. Cute signs with these words were on my list, and I ended up crafting my own to save a little bit of $$.

Styled Jewelry Area

I started out with two of these chipboard pieces from Hobby Lobby. They are regularly $3.99 (which is already cheap) but you can catch them on sale sometimes for 30-50% off. (if not you can always use their handy 40% off coupon) I just saw online one that is all chipboard, but our store only carries this one that is actually chalkboard on one side and regular chipboard on the other side.

chipboard shape for sign

I used one of these for my daughters senior photos. (graduation is Saturday – hold me)

senior photo
photo courtesy of CaitPhoto

For this project, I knew I wanted to paint them navy blue to bring the closet together with the bedroom, so I flipped them over to the chipboard side. Using acrylic paint I painted the whole surface.

one coat of paint

It was still a little streaky after the first coat, so I gave it a second coat.

two coats of paint

Then, to add a little something, and give it more of a framed look, I used a gold sharpie paint marker (water-based- which are hard to find – I bought mine at Michael’s) and drew a gold edge around the piece. (sorry for the blurry cell phone pic) I also made sure the edge was gold since that would be showing.

water based gold sharpie paint marker for edges gold edges - done using water based sharpie paint marker

Using these that I found at Hobby Lobby as my inspiration

handsome and gorgeous wood

I drew my words on the board. (very lightly as to not make grooves in the cardboard)

pencil drawn words

It is a good idea to practice how you are going to write it on regular paper a few times. I’m not super gifted in fancy handwriting, but I did my best. 😉  Then, I went over the pencil with the same sharpie paint marker.

gold words

I didn’t perfectly trace the pencil lines, so I needed to erase in a few places, and touch up with blue paint in a few other places – easy peasy.

The last part I neglected to get pictures of – bad blogger. In order to hang the pieces I wanted to attach ribbon. Yes, you could probably attach it to the back with some hot glue and it would be fine – they are not that heavy. But, when I made my daughters sign, I used rope and tied cute knots on the front, so I decided to do the same with the ribbon.

The trick I use is to drill holes in the corners of the board. It is tricky, and most likely the chipboard will come apart a bit on the back when you try to drill through. But, for me – it’s the back and it doesn’t matter. If you’re a perfectionist I would recommend gluing the ribbon to the back – ha! 😆

Here is the after again.

DIY Handlettered Signs From Chipboard

They are not perfect or store worthy by any means, but I kinda like that they are made with my own handwriting instead of someone else’s or even a computer.

Crafting is therapy to me! I love working with my hands! You should definitely give it a try!

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