Need a fun DIY gift idea for Dad?
How about making a special Fathers Day Grillin and Chillin BBQ sign that holds grilling tools?! Plus, you can add a wall mounted bottle opener so he can “Grill & Chill” like a boss!
This sign was actually a pretty easy project to make – paired with a set of new BBQ tools for the summer, it’s an awesome gift idea!
I designed a custom adhesive stencil with a Cricut vinyl cutting machine for this sign (I’m sharing my files below if you’d like to use them). I also used a pre-made blank pallet sign from Walmart, but you can make your own from pieces of wood if desired.
Isn’t this perfect for the backyard?
Don’t have a Cricut?
No worries! You can still make this project using pre-cut stencils and paint. Here’s a BBQ stencil image just like mine! Or, use this pencil transfer method to get the outline of lettering onto a sign. The files I’m sharing also have a PDF version you can print out and trace.
Grillin and Chillin Sign
1.) Cut custom stencil using your computer and vinyl cutting machine. I have a Cricut Explore Air. Or, trace the designs onto your vinyl.
2.) Remove the inside portion of lettering/design to create a stencil, and cut around the outside of letters/design.
3.) Use transfer tape to lift the stencil off of the adhesive vinyl backing.
4.) Figure out where you’d like the lettering to be on your pallet sign and press stencil to the sign. Use a scraper tool or ruler like I did to press out any bubbles and make sure vinyl is secure to sign.
5.) Lift off the transfer tape, leaving the stencil in place. (I went around the edges of the design with my fingernail just to make sure the stencil was securely placed.) It’s important that the edges of the vinyl are securely adhered to the wood.
6.) Spread a little paint on a paper plate. Dab a small amount on your sponge brush, and tap some of the paint off on the plate to keep your brush drier. Go over the stencil, dabbing the paint on the lettering and design. You can always do multiple coats.
Stenciling Tip: To help prevent paint from bleeding, unload most of the paint from your brush before stenciling.
7.) Let the paint dry, and remove the vinyl stencil.
8.) Screw in wall mounted hooks and a bottle opener.
9.) Consider spraying your sign with a clear sealant or mod podge so the lettering is less likely to fade outside. Hang the sign outside by the BBQ, and use your sign to hang your grilling tools.
This Grillin & Chillin sign is so CUTE!
You can change it up to use different colors and different hooks. I love that it was pretty simple to make, and buying a blank pallet made it even easier. I can’t wait to give it to my husband and hang it up for grilling season! The kids liked helping with this project, too.
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! Check out all of Lina’s DIY/CRAFTS and RECIPES created just for Hip2Save.