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Gray and white WELCOME sign with bows and wreath decor on front porch

Get in the fall DIY spirit!🍁

Large porch signs are extremely trendy right now not to mention so darn cute! Every time I drive past a home with a porch sign, I let out an audible gasp because I just think they make the entire house look so welcoming and chic. I have tried to get myself to purchase one of these signs on multiple occasions but I just cannot get myself to spend that much money (have you seen some of these prices)?😲

I am so happy that readers like Christine are sharing how they make their OWN signs that look just as good, if not better, than the overpriced sings from the store. You have given my home and I hope Christine! Check out her story…

personalized wood welcome porch signs

I have been enjoying crafting even more and getting excited about decorating for fall and Christmas especially during this pandemic. One of the projects that are pretty popular these days is the porch signs, and I saw Lina did a feature on her masterpiece. I have been into a lot of Dollar Tree crafts lately (DIY high-end decor on the cheap) and have been doing some research on the most economical way to make the porch signs including people’s use of the DT contact paper to make stencils (in general), so here are my tips:

Ask if your local store sells cull wood; you may be lucky and find wood pieces that would work for your project for really cheap or in my case, I found a 24 x 48 piece that the gentleman at HD said I could have for FREE. I asked them to cut it in half, and of course, was super excited. I just purchased oops paint and stain. One of the halves, my husband cut a little shorter because there was slight damage on the end, but it’s still a good length. I stained and personalized it and plan to gift to friends who just moved to a new home. On the other side, I created a reversible sign for my family where one side is personalized and the other has a welcome where I can change the wreath on the “O” depending on the season/holiday (see my porch photo of it in use).

Try contact paper for stencils. I purchased mine from the dollar tree. If you have a cutting machine, do a search online, and you will find that there are FREE cut files for porch signs. Without a machine, you can also print out the letters, go over the back of the paper with a pencil, then set the paper on the board. Trace each of the letters, and you should see the outlines of the letter that you can paint.

I’m pretty happy with the results. Happy Fall Everyone!

front porch with festive WELCOME sign and pumpkins and fall decor

Thank you, Christine, for sharing your tips with us on how to make high-end decor without breaking the bank! Your signs look so professional and clean, and the personalized touch is priceless! And how smart was it to ask Home Depot for any extra wood for FREE? So awesome!

Check out Lina’s DIY sign that Christine referenced in her post here!


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Comments 12

  1. Tracy

    Awesome! But for those like me with little creativity, dollar general has some for 8 bucks and that’s a great deal.

    • Kay

      That’s me. I’d rather buy, especially if the project requires too much work and the alternative price is as good as $8. Thanks for the DG tip.

  2. Jen S

    A+++++ for creativity and frugalness! Looks awesome! I’m so glad it wasn’t about using a cricut machine…

    • Angie

      HaHa! So true!!! 😀

  3. Hipgrandma

    Beautiful job.

  4. Nat

    Aldi had the big ones for $12 last week.

    • 77_purity

      I ♥️aldi finds and bargains. I was eyeing their signs before, since they look so cute on the ad. Theirs are about a foot shorter, and in my aldis, the good things get scooped up pretty quickly so you really have to get there when it opens… which is not always possible for us due to work. I’ve also admired the signs from the sign workshops but they can get pretty spendy. Just wanted to share to show that it’s totally doable for those on a budget that want one that is more personalized and made of real wood. It’s also a nice feeling when you know you’ve made something that you truly enjoy😊

  5. Kay

    Great job, especially on getting free cut wood. Ur porch looks very fun n welcoming with ur sign.

  6. browniesmomma

    Are these weatherproof? I really love them, but not sure if I can have one due to rain/snow etc.

    • 77_purity

      We have rain and snow in our area, but have a covered porch so it’s not totally exposed to the elements. However, I did use rustoleum protective top coat on it (left over from cabinet remodel) to help protect it from scratches, damage, and the weather, so it’s probably best to use a sealant like polyurethane for added protection. Happy crafting!

      • browniesmomma

        Thanks for the info! I’m going to give it a try! 👍

  7. SueJo

    Very creative! I love the idea of making them to gift!!!

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