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Make this Fathers Day Grillin and Chillin BBQ sign for your favorite dad!

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

Supplies Needed:

Directions:

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.

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Comments 22

  1. Lori

    Great idea…thoughtful and useful.

    • Lina D

      Thanks Lori!

  2. babymair

    Thx Lina, this is so cute ,my two boys are so xcited to make this 4 their dad 4 fathers day.. We just love these diy projects. God bless you,and keep up the good work.

    • Lina D

      Oh you’re always so sweet- thank you ❤️

  3. Christina

    So cute, Lina!

    • Lina D

      Thanks!

  4. Francie

    Love it!

    • Lina D

      THANKS Francie!

  5. mryzner

    Another tip to prevent leaking from the stencil is to do a thin layer of mod podge before the paint!

    • Lina D

      Oh great tip! Thanks

  6. Lynn

    adorable!! I’m going to look for some kind of box to put this on instead. I got my husband a smoker for Christmas. I got him various utensils, supplies, etc. for his birthday. So this will be perfect for him to organize it all and keep it put away when not in use!

    • Lina D

      Oh fun! And thanks for stopping by 👍

  7. *Angela-Miles*

    This is so adorable. Think I might make it with a fish on it for my dad and put letters on it, something like “Goin Fishin” . Love making things with paint 🙂 . Thanks for the inspiration in your posts!

    • Lina D

      That’s super cute! How fun.

  8. Melea Allan

    I like these projects and think they are fun to do but a rough cost guide would be nice ie blank sign $10 Walmart, bottle opener $5 Lowe’s etc

    • Lina D

      Ok thanks for the suggestion!

  9. Casey

    I bought a Cricut from my neighbor and I have NO idea how to use it. I’ve been kind of overwhelmed by the number of Youtube videos showing how they work. Does anyone have a particular site or video they recommend? I want to be able to use this awesome machine!

    • Rachel B.

      Youtube Melody Lane. Her tutorials are awesome. I watched them in pieces because they were long & so I could practice what she was teaching.

      • Miriam

        Yeah I’d most like to know how much the wood cost and whether it was found online or in the storw. If in the store, which section. Walmart employees aren’t generally the most helpful bunch when you’re looking for a random item.

  10. Amy

    I like to use contact paper in my cricut for stencils, way cheaper then using the vinyl and just as effective.

  11. Susie

    Due to the popularity of this post, I have created a similar stencil for sale on amazon handmade store. If you are interested, you can check out the product here:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DNTW9HQ

    I can ship the items the same day of the order. I offer free shipping too 🙂

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