One of my favorite projects ever is the simple and easy DIY bakery sign I made a few months ago. I was actually inspired to do this after seeing a rustic bakery sign for sale on the Magnolia Market website. Being the thrifty gal I am, I decided to try making one of my own. I love how it turned out and I’m pretty darn excited to share it with you today!
This is a super easy project and works really well if you’re using a piece of old wood that has been painted white. If not you can simply paint the wood you have white and you’ll be all set to go! Here are the materials you’ll need and how I did it:
- any piece of rustic barnwood (the wood I used is actually from my childhood home!)
- large printed letters of your choice (the font I used was Modern No. 20 and the size was 600)
- black acrylic paint and small paintbrush
- Shellac finishing spray
- small hand sander (optional)
After you have chosen the piece of wood you will use, print the letters of “BAKERY” and make sure they are the right size for your wood. I used the font Modern No. 20 (I thought this one matched very closely to the font on the Magnolia Market sign) and the size was 600. You’ll want to play around with the size of the letters so it fits nicely on the piece of wood you’re working with.
Then cut out all your letters.
After you have all the letters cut out, simply start by taping the letters to the wood.
Make sure to evenly space the letters out and do your best to make sure the letters are on the wood nice and straight. After you’ve taped them all on to the board, begin to trace each letter. I just used a pen for this part.
You can gently peel the tape up and trace under that area if needed. Or you just be a risk taker like me and skip that little spot all together.
Make sure to get all the edges, inside, and outside of the letter. This is what you’ll end up with:
Now that you have the letters on the wood, it’s time to paint!
I used a basic black acrylic paint from Michaels and a small paint brush (also from Michaels). I love this paint because it dries super fast. You’ll definitely want to get a small paint brush so you can get into all the tiny corners of the letters.
This is the most detailed part of the project, but it really goes pretty fast once you get the hang of it. Here’s the letters all painted and pretty!
This next step is completely optional.
If you love the way it looks now, just leave it. But if you’re looking for a more rustic bakery sign, I recommend taking a small hand sander and roughing the letters up a bit. Not too much, just a little does the job perfectly. But make sure the letters are completely dry before you do this!
Next you’ll want to take the Shellac finishing spray and spray the piece lightly. This just seals the paint and finishes it off. Done!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to let the know if you have any questions.